Read­ers dis­agree with claims pic­ture is sex­ist

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Most Unromantic Man Competition - By Sa­man­tha Wil­liams

saw­illiams@thek­m­ The prom­ise to re­move a ‘sex­ist’ pic­ture from an Ash­ford cof­fee shop has sparked an online de­bate.

Last week, the Ken­tish Ex­press fea­tured a story about how Caffe Nero were set to re­move a print from all their stores af­ter a cus­tomer com­plained it was of­fen­sive and shock­ing.

The large print, which can be seen hang­ing on the wall in Caffe Nero at the Ash­ford De­signer Out­let, shows three men lean­ing against a wall star­ing at a woman’s rear as she walks down an al­ley­way.

Hu­man na­ture

Our story at­tracted more than 100 com­ments and saw more than 2,100 peo­ple vote in our online poll, which asked whether the print was sex­ist.

The re­sults show that 76% of vot­ers (1,673) dis­agreed that the photo was sex­ist, with 22% (493) think­ing that it was and a fur­ther 1% (28) didn’t know.

And over 130 peo­ple gave their feed­back to the story on Kent Online with the ma­jor­ity, in­clud­ing a large num­ber of women, also de­fend­ing the pic­ture.

Lu­cas said: “If this art­work should be banned, then so should the Diet Coke ad­verts and Loose Women.”

Gixxer said: “Isn’t art sup­posed to re­flect real life? Men look at women, it’s the way it’s been for gen­er­a­tions, so what? Women do look at men too, it’s called hu­man na­ture!”

Tigra666 said: “I am fe­male, un­der 30. There is noth­ing wrong with the pic­ture at all, I en­joy it when men look at me, who cares?”

Gabriel­laC added: “To me, the photo isn’t of­fen­sive. Caffe Nero, bit over the top to go to the ex­pense of with­draw­ing a post from 600 shops be­cause one in­se­cure lady has is­sues with it.” But not ev­ery­one agreed. Gypsy lady said: “To all the men who have left com­ments on here. It may ‘only’ be a pic­ture but look at the big­ger pic­ture.

“Your teenage daugh­ter is walk­ing down the street, are you happy and com­fort­able with men leer­ing at her as she walks by? By say­ing the pic­ture’s OK, you are say­ing it’s OK for men to leer at your daugh­ters, sis­ters, nieces, grand­daugh­ters, girl­friends, wives, moth­ers.”

What do you think? Write to Ken­tish Ex­press, 34-36 North Street, Ash­ford, TN24 8JR or email ken­tish­ex­press@thek­m­

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