Engelbart, Silke and Jackson, Delia Anne (2016) The funny side of sex – How acceptable are sex appeal adverts in different cultures and what role does humour play? The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies in Communication, 11 (1). pp. 15-49. ISSN 2324-7320
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Abstract: How acceptable is the use of sex appeal and nudity in advertising in different cultures? Sex sells, yet a number of factors influence the success; the degree of nudity and sexual imagery; when does sex appeal cross the line to become sexist and immoral? Do sex appeal images become more acceptable if humour is added to the mix? Sex appeal/nudity or humour has been the base of advertising campaigns for a long time. This paper compares results from previous research regarding the influence that humour and ethnic background can have on the acceptance of sex appeal advertising. Participants from China, France and the Czech Republic were shown humorous and non-humorous sex appeal ads from 6 countries. Focus group discussions showed that there were clear differences between levels of acceptance, reflecting the relevant masculine or feminine culture. Research has not focused on the combination of sex appeal, humour, and ethnic background in a national or intercultural context to any great extent. This paper is a further step to address this gap.
|Uncontrolled Keywords (separate with ;):||Communication; Advertising; Sex|
|Schools:||Faculty of Culture & the Creative Industries > School of Languages and Global Studies|
|Deposited By:||Silke Engelbart|
|Deposited On:||19 Apr 2016 12:36|
|Last Modified:||20 Oct 2016 15:29|
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