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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Sexist? Art? OR Sexist Art?

Restaurant urinals shaped like woman's lipsticked mouth

Agence France-Presse

These bright red-lipped urinals are designed by Meike van Schijndel.
Photo from Cool Chica Design (coolchica.nl)

A NEW French restaurant in Sydney, Ananas Bar and Brasserie, has said it would remove two urinals resembling a woman’s lipsticked mouth, apologised for any offence they have caused but at the same time saying that "the bright red-lipped urinals shaped like an open mouth were a commonly used European design piece".  The design itself was made by a female Dutch artist Meike van Schijndel“.
Sydney Morning Herald’s food reviewer described the urinals as “no real surprise here at Ananas, merely adding to the extraordinary collision of statements and intent”.
But feminist, former political adviser and writer Anne Summers said the design was offensive. “Misogyny is very widespread, and this is just an example of misogyny,” said Summers. “The concept is pretty challenging and confronting. They’re asking men to put their dicks in these mouths as urinals.”

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