Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Must not joke about nagging wives

River Island has removed an ‘anti nag gag’ novelty item after coming under fire on Twitter for the ‘sexist’ product over the bank holiday weekend, Telegraph Wonder Women has learned.

‘The Domestic Anti Nag Gag’ - a football on a string, intended to go in a woman’s mouth to ‘gag’ her - was labelled sexist and offensive after being shared on Twitter.

Jenny Bede, actor and comic, shared a photo of the item to her 4,833 followers after spotting it in a River Island shop over the weekend.

She tweeted it to the Everyday Sexism project, which has 142,000 followers, and it has since been retweeted around 200 times.

Users have written comments such as “shocked and now NOT shopping at River Island again” and “I’m showing my girls & instigating a boycott.”

The product, which is not designed in house, shows a woman’s face calling out phrases such as: “Have you put the bins out?”, “Turn the footy off!” and “It’s your turn to do the dishes!” A silhouetted man is pictured saying: “Will you put a sock in it!”

But some users justified the gag saying it was clearly meant to be a joke and was not intended to be sexist.  User Musty Habibi wrote: “Why are all these feminist birds getting annoyed? It’s called a joke.”



stinky said...

"And the shrill harpies successfully nagged until the depiction of them as shrill, nagging harpies was removed. The end. Time for bed, now, children."

Anonymous said...

The lady doth protest too much!

Anonymous said...

Goes to show you the shrill, nagging harpies (aka leftists) have no sense of humor!

If it was against men it would have been ok!

Anonymous said...

Joke: How many feminists does it take to change a lightbulb?
Feminists: THAT'S NOT FUNNY!

Anonymous said...

Why are all these feminist birds getting annoyed? Perhaps the gag item hit too close to the mark.

Jerry Doctor said...

What should the store do with the remaining nag gags? My suggestion:
1. Replace the picture to show the gag in a man's mouth.
2. Replace the silhouette of the guy with his fingers in his ears with a dominatrix.
3. Replace current text with "Show Him Who's the Boss."
4. Get ready to post "Sold Out" sign.

Bird of Paradise said...

Married to Attila the Hen