Durex makes ‘sexist’ Twitter blunder
Why did God give men penises?
So they’d have at least one way to shut a woman up.
Comedy genius. That, at least, seems to have been the opinion of Durex South Africa when it tweeted that ‘joke’ to its followers yesterday.
@DurexSA had been tweeting jokes about sex all day but when it came out with the above gem, one of a number of equally questionable quips, women’s groups and others began to complain.
@FeministsSA tweeted: “Wonder if @Durex_USA supports @DurexSA ‘s stance on violence against women – penises for keeping women quiet?? WTF”. The group then called for a boycott of the brand.
At first, @DurexSA appeared to defend its comments, replying: “We have posted many jokes, see our timeline… And they not violent against woman! Re-read it!!!!!” [sic]
@RapeCrisis tweeted that jokes promoting sexism “were part of the system that promotes rape”.
DurexSA later issued this apology: “We’re really sorry for causing offence today, not intentional. We believe in the rights of woman and safe sex. Thanks for putting us right.”
Today it released a further apology, saying: “As a brand respected by millions, we wld like 2 take this opportunity 2 apologize 4 the jokes posted on our timeline yesterday.”
Unfortunately, God doesn’t seem to have given women anything to shut idiots’ mouths up with…