French feminists have launched a campaign to ban “sexist” postcards of scantily clad women which they say are degrading and contribute to a “culture of rape”, reports The Telegraph.
The Femmes Solidaires (Women’s Solidarity) group said the cards portray women as “sex objects that can be consumed and thrown away under the pretext of leisure and entertainment”.
The group urged its 10,000 members to look out for smutty postcards and report where they are being sold.
The cards depict women in skimpy bikinis, with captions such as “Big kisses from Roussillon”. One shows a female cyclist from behind, wearing a thong.
The campaign has triggered furious arguments on social media, with some defending the cards as “harmless and humorous”.
Julian, a designer, told Le Parisien newspaper that smutty postcards are “not very good taste, and frankly crude, but they are part of popular culture… It’s up to me to explain to my nine-year-old daughter that they’re rubbish and demeaning.”
The women’s group said they “contribute to a culture of rape that imposes a degrading image of women and helps to legitimise and normalise violence against women.”