Is This Male Wall Calendar Inappropriate For Display in a Rent a Car Customer Office?

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Sexy Calendars: Is This Male Wall Calendar Inappropriate For An Office?

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My poor car suffered an accident last week. I parked it out on the street and the next morning I found it with a dent on the back quarter panel.  The damage was on the pedestrian side, so I’m assuming some worthless loathsome drunk thought it would be fun to kick it. I booked it in for a repair through my insurance agency.

They organised a car rental for me . A taxi drove me to this particular rental company office. I  eagerly awaiting the latest Renault car hire model that was promised to me. As I scoped the office with my eyes, I noticed something that seemed to be out of place hanging on the side wall of one of the customer service representatives’ desks. An image of a shirtless man. Upon closer examination I saw that it was a 2016 Fireman’s annual calendar. There were five staff members on duty in the front office: Four women and one gay man. Then I started thinking……

Are sexy calendars inappropriate for display in a customer orientated office?

Is there some kind of double standard happening here with sexy calendars?

Could sexy calendars interfere with the customer service experience?

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SOME IDEAS AND QUESTIONS TO CONSIDER

  • Ass and penis shots constitute as representations of male nudity. There is not that kind of male nudity featured within this calendar. Men are featured shirtless. The males are photographed in sexually suggestive positions. They are represented as sexual objects.
  • The calendar holds a prominent position in their front office where all clients and customers can see it. The staffs don’t seem to have an issue with it. However, it is not hanging in the back staff room or in a back work shop. Have they even considered the fact that it might be inappropriate?
  • A scantily clad male calendar is not relevant to the business of a rent a car agency. It has absolutely nothing to do with their product and service offering.
  • There is no societal discomfort with a bare male chest. Female chests (breasts) cause discomfort. A man’s nipples are not taboo but a woman’s nipples are.  This lead to the big social media hashtag #FreeTheNipple.
  • Would the same work place hang a female equivalent wall calendar in their workplace? For example, FHM bra and panties type calendar or a Sports Illustrated bikini and swimsuit Calendar?  This brings up all kinds of possibilities and questions when women are represented in imagery:

       sports illustrated swimsuit calendar 2015 Would this be considered unprofessional and sexist?   

If so, should the male equivalent also be considered sexist and unprofessional?

 Would a female calendar have the potential for a significant amount of complaint?

 

Should this calendar be on display in this place of business for all external customers to see?

Do you believe that the staffs feel comfortable displaying this material in their office because it features men?

If you were in charge of this business would you order the removal of this calendar?

 

 

 

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2 comments

    1. @juanv I agree. Personally it causes me no offence either. However, I don’t think that this material is appropriate for display in a car rental customer based office. I guarantee you that a female bikini calendar would never make it on their wall. The double standard does annoy me: The taboos that society places on the female body.

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