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Bic Wants You to 'Look like a girl. Act like a lady' for Women's Day

Bic Wants You to 'Look like a girl. Act like a lady' for Women's Day

Bic Wants You to 'Look like a girl. Act like a lady' for Women's Day

'Look like a girl. Act like a lady. Think like a man. Work like a boss.' I beg your pardon?!

"Look like a girl" "Think like a man" #Bic fails spectacularly with this #happywomensday ad. pic.twitter.com/G9avXp4MoV

To celebrate Women's Day in South Africa, office supply giant BIc decided it would be a good idea to design an advert featuring a woman in a business suit. So far, so good. Less impressive was the slogan attached. "Look like a girl," Bic implored us. "Act like a lady. Think like a man. Work like a boss." Oh dear gods.

In a Facebook post apologizing for the advert, which has since been deleted, Bic said: “We can assure you that we meant it in the most empowering way possible and in no way derogatory towards women. We took the quote from a ‘Women in Business’ blog site. The blog site explains the quote and what its intentions were when it was written. Bic believe in celebrating women and the powerful contribution women make to our society.”

This isn't the first time Bic has come under fire for misogynistic marketing. In 2012 the company decided that women needed a special range of pink and purple "For Her" pens. The negative Amazon reviews came tumbling in. "I bought this pen (in error, evidently) to write my reports of each day's tree felling activities in my job as a lumberjack," writes DaveyClayton. "It is no good. It slips from between my calloused, gnarly fingers like a gossamer thread gently descending to earth between two giant redwood trunks." Ellen DeGeneres even waded into the debate with a spoof advert. But they just didn't get the message, clearly.

 

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Charlotte Dingle