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SlimSuit

Date Posted:02/23/2016 06:20:02Copy HTML

I've been seeing a number of cruise and resort ads on TV.  There are plenty women wearing skimpy and cheeky bikinis, but unfortunately all the men are wearing the typical board shorts, all at their knees or only an inch above. Sigh. Too bad.
Grabeach #1

Re:Resort and Cruise Line Advertisements Disappointing

Date Posted:02/24/2016 06:25:34Copy HTML

An important rule in advertising is to know your market. I would think the vast majority of males at resorts or on cruises would wear board shorts for swimming. So that's what you'll see in the ads.
pikeman #2

Re:Resort and Cruise Line Advertisements Disappointing

Date Posted:02/26/2016 04:14:44Copy HTML

 I have to mention that the last time we were vacationing on Cozumel the crowd of 'Muricans we observed made me want to put distance between us and them. They didn't look _anything_ like the people in the commercials! It was a spectacle . . .Hate to sound like an elitist, but I've got _some_ standards of public dress and behavior and still know how to have a good time.
ithongit #3

Re:Resort and Cruise Line Advertisements Disappointing

Date Posted:02/26/2016 02:22:22Copy HTML

 For as long as I can remember, advertising when featuring the "typical" family in swimwear, always shows the mom in a bikini or skimpy one-piece, the father in board shorts, the daughter in a conservative one piece, and the son also in board shorts.  Nothing new here -- only that maybe the cruise lines are catering more for families and are less interested in the romantic honeymoons, or similar experiences.
Traci
Ex_Member #4

Re:Resort and Cruise Line Advertisements Disappointing

Date Posted:02/26/2016 03:44:46Copy HTML

"the last time we were vacationing on Cozumel the crowd of 'Muricans we observed made me want to put distance between us and them" ... sounds like the same crowd we encountered in Tulum that was so obnoxious with the picture taking and commenting.
SlimSuit #5

Re:Resort and Cruise Line Advertisements Disappointing

Date Posted:03/02/2016 05:10:17Copy HTML

 And we "generally" criticize Muslims for being oppressive by making their women wear burkas. Hypocrisy is alive and well. So much for embracing diversity.
 
Some of the resort commercials, especially like Sandals, are for adults-only romantic getaways.
 

Baguio #6

Re:Resort and Cruise Line Advertisements Disappointing

Date Posted:07/13/2016 10:46:32Copy HTML

 I have done 3 cruises in the past 2 years and have had no real issues with wearing thongs. Yes, would like to see more skin and less suit on both males and females, but, oh well, they are mostly Americans who are afraid to release themselves. Booking a 4th for October and already got a 5th for next March.
tobias5711 #7

Re:Resort and Cruise Line Advertisements Disappointing

Date Posted:06/21/2017 04:32:37Copy HTML

 A local Atlanta radio station has lost me as a listener. I have heard several spots saying something like this. Don't remember exact words."Just because you have a speedo that is red, white, and blue doesn't mean you should wear it in public. Be American" I find this to be appalling and just mean. I don't know why a radio station should  think it has a right to influence what anyone should wear. This promo was not sponsored as advertising for any product. I will send in a complaint to station.
SlimSuit #8

Re:Resort and Cruise Line Advertisements Disappointing

Date Posted:06/21/2017 06:48:53Copy HTML

 I can remember the suits that Mark Spitz (winner of 5 gold medals for swimming in the 1972 olympics) wore. Yes, it was red, white, an blue with stars and stripes. Women would swoon over him and he was, for the time, an American icon, which included the skimpy swimsuits he wore. And he probably did more for the promotion of  bikini (aka generically as "Speedo") swimwear for men than anyone. Alas, somewhere along the way all of that went off the rails.
 
"Just because you have a speedo that is red, white, and blue doesn't mean you should wear it in public. Be American" That is just so lunk-headed. In a society that keeps beating us over the head to "embrace diversity" American males can only wear big baggy swimsuits? And to do otherwise is un-American? My mind is boggled.
 
tobias5711: Please share the email you send, an their response, if any.
ohiothonger #9

Re:Resort and Cruise Line Advertisements Disappointing

Date Posted:06/21/2017 10:29:53Copy HTML

 Part time actress, part time feminist, part time fitness guru, Jane Fonda had her day in court when she was charged with something like "defamation of the American flag."  This was after she was shown in publicity photos in a flag inspired bikini.  The court ruled in her favor -- that wearing a flag was "protected speech" under the constitution.  All the flag T-shirts, hats, and other apparel owe their first major acceptance to "Ms." Fonda's bikini.  Too bad she couldn't make up her mind what she wanted to be.

Mark Spitz as shown on the cover of Life magazine -- a magazine with a larger format than most of todays magazines.  These flew off the shelves all places where Life was sold -- prompting an emergency re-print and delay in the issue the next week.  I remember girls in high school pasting the cover in their lockers and on the walls in their rooms.  Playgirl and the others like Cosmo that tried to become sex picture women's magazines had not been developed, but there was plenty of T & A magazines for the boys.  Maybe having only one model to look up to -- the cover of Life -- women wanted their men to look just as hot, and because of this, accepted the smaller Speedo styles a bit more.  Speedos were already probably the most common type swimsuit men were wearing, but I imagine that the teeny boppers who pasted Mark on their lockers were also the ladies who a few years later would see nothing wrong and perhaps something good when men started wearing thong swimwear.

Thong swimwear, and even Speedos, a brand and style that were popular for a generation, have become the brunt of too many jokes and never the envy of the men and women who used to like them.  I quit watching Saturday Night Live after their show the weekend after the 9-11 attacts.  In this show, there was a skit where everyone in an office was supposed to wear something patriotic to work, and one of the male workers wore a flag inspired thong.  I know satire is suppose to sometimes hurt and perhaps make a person question their beliefs, but this was an extremely tacky skit and did nothing to pull the country together after the attacks.  I said it then, and I say it now -- Shame on you NBC for reducing patriotism after a national tragedy to a series of jokes about bare buns.  I don't watch this "entertainment" show any more.
SlimSuit #10

Re:Resort and Cruise Line Advertisements Disappointing

Date Posted:07/06/2017 05:08:41Copy HTML

 tobias5711: Did you ever send that email?
tobias5711 #11

Re:Resort and Cruise Line Advertisements Disappointing

Date Posted:07/06/2017 11:48:39Copy HTML

 I did - no response
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