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Isthmus, sex toys and Metcalfe's

Postby Henry Vilas » Sat Aug 25, 2012 8:57 am

Isthmus cover photo too much for Metcalfe's Market

Vibrators and other sex toys are readily accessible to customers at major national retailers, such as Walgreens and Walmart.

However, local grocery chain Metcalfe's Market decided that this week's edition of the Isthmus weekly newspaper, which depicts a half-dozen of the sexual massage devices on its cover, was inappropriate for the family atmosphere the store seeks to create.

Isthmus’ cover story, “Bringing sexy back,” describes a new vibrator that two locals designed for post-menopausal women and those recovering from cancer treatment, which often impairs women’s ability to experience sensual pleasure.

Store co-owner Tim Metcalfe informed the alternative weekly on Thursday that the store would not be displaying copies of this week’s paper in the store entrance at Hilldale Mall, next to other free weeklies, such as the Cap Times and The Onion.

Instead, Isthmus readers can request a copy of the publication at the customer service desk located near the front of the store.
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Ellen Barnard is co-owner of the Willy Street shop, A Woman’s Touch, and one of the developers of the vibrator, called “Vaginal Renewal,” along with her partner, Dr. Myrtle Wilhite. Barnard says she is sad but not surprised by Metcalfe’s decision.

“We’ve been banned from putting vibrators in advertisements since we started,” she says of her store, which focuses on women's sexual health and pleasure. “We were actually asked not to in Isthmus years ago.”

In fact, she says, Wisconsin Public Radio declined her offer to advertise two years ago, citing concerns that such a sponsor could offend some listeners.

Barnard says she believes her business has been so effective at helping people seek counsel on sex topics because she accepts and “honors” people's various discomforts.

But, she points out, that discussion of female sexual dysfunction would provoke such discomfort reveals how female sexuality remains much more controversial than male sexuality.

Indeed, few American men can watch a football game without learning that, if they’re having any sexual difficulty, they should ask their doctor if Viagra is right for them.

Says Barnard: “We have sexual dysfunction ads on television -- for men.”

The old double standard continues.
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Re: Isthmus, sex toys and Metcalfe's

Postby Meade » Sat Aug 25, 2012 9:47 am

In fact, she says, Wisconsin Public Radio declined her offer to advertise two years ago, citing concerns that such a sponsor could offend some listeners.

It's obviously part of the Wisconsin Public Radio's war on women.
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Re: Isthmus, sex toys and Metcalfe's

Postby Meade » Sat Aug 25, 2012 9:53 am

“We’ve been banned from putting vibrators in advertisements since we started,” she says of her store, which focuses on women's sexual health and pleasure. “We were actually asked not to in Isthmus years ago.”

What?! Now Isthmus has joined the war on women?
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Re: Isthmus, sex toys and Metcalfe's

Postby Bland » Sat Aug 25, 2012 10:16 am

Meade wrote:It's obviously part of the Wisconsin Public Radio's war on women.
Yes, because not airing an advertisementso as not to offend a certain segment of the population is exactly the same as that certain segment of the population telling all women what they can do with their bodies.

Do you actually believe the "comparisons" you make have any validity, or do you actually (and even more unbelievably) think you're being funny?
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Re: Isthmus, sex toys and Metcalfe's

Postby Kenneth Burns » Sat Aug 25, 2012 10:16 am

It's a proud fact that Isthmus' editorial staff is two-thirds women.
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Re: Isthmus, sex toys and Metcalfe's

Postby Meade » Sat Aug 25, 2012 10:25 am

Bland wrote:Do you actually believe the "comparisons" you make have any validity, or do you actually (and even more unbelievably) think you're being funny?

Here's what I believe: I believe the concept of a "war on women" is mockable. I believe Henry Vilas's logic is mockable. And I believe your humorlessness is, regrettably, difficult to mock.
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Re: Isthmus, sex toys and Metcalfe's

Postby Henry Vilas » Sat Aug 25, 2012 10:26 am

The irony of a dildo talking about a topic on dildos.
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Re: Isthmus, sex toys and Metcalfe's

Postby Bland » Sat Aug 25, 2012 10:30 am

Nobody mentioned a War on Women until you brought it up.
Henry employed no "logic", he merely posted an article of (possible) local interest and noted that there how sexual dysfunction is discussed is different for men and women.
To note that I am being humorless, first there must be some actual humor for me to (not) react to.

Strike three, you're out!
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Re: Isthmus, sex toys and Metcalfe's

Postby Meade » Sat Aug 25, 2012 10:31 am

I wouldn't call you a dildo, Hen. You're more of a putz.
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Re: Isthmus, sex toys and Metcalfe's

Postby sadiekat » Sat Aug 25, 2012 10:32 am

Super-liberal woman here, who finds herself keeping this week's issue of Isthmus upside-down. It's a little much for me, speaking primarily as a mom. Of course, maybe I'm a closet prude, as I recently, ahem, 'edited' an issue of Men's Health before handing it to my teenage son last week.
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Re: Isthmus, sex toys and Metcalfe's

Postby Henry Vilas » Sat Aug 25, 2012 10:36 am

Doesn't the American Apparel ad on the back cover also convey a sexual message?
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Re: Isthmus, sex toys and Metcalfe's

Postby Meade » Sat Aug 25, 2012 10:37 am

Kenneth Burns wrote:It's a proud fact that Isthmus' editorial staff is two-thirds women.

But the editorial head is all male? Glass ceiling, baby!
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Re: Isthmus, sex toys and Metcalfe's

Postby Meade » Sat Aug 25, 2012 10:40 am

sadiekat wrote:Of course, maybe I'm a closet prude

Liberals are prudes and, I assume, super liberals are super prudes.

Anyway, what's so wrong with prudery?
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Re: Isthmus, sex toys and Metcalfe's

Postby Prof. Wagstaff » Sat Aug 25, 2012 11:12 am

Meade wrote:Anyway, what's so wrong with prudery?
Nothing.
But note that sadiekat isn't trying to force her prudery on others. She's not picketing Isthmus or demanding they be silenced or proposing laws and constitutional amendments so that no one will have to gaze upon such filth again. She just turned the newspaper over.

See how easy that is?
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Re: Isthmus, sex toys and Metcalfe's

Postby Meade » Sat Aug 25, 2012 11:19 am

I do see how easy that is. So what do you suppose Henry V means by "The old double standard continues." ?
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