Sunday, August 15, 2010

Old Spice

Much has been made of the recent Old Spice ads (see also YouTube) and I have to agree that they are pretty cool.  They are trading pretty heavy on the trope of 'you can love it honestly, or you can love it ironically'.  This is the same basic principle that lets me wear a Princess Sparkle (My little Pony) T-shirt without having to turn in my feminist card. (And, personally, the centaur ad is my favorite)

What seems to be less clear is whether the heavily ironic mantitty of  Isaiah Mustafa  is actually selling any aftershave.  Some guy (I don't remember the name of men who leave their shirts on) on the Slate Culture Gabfest podcast asked whether you would wear something in order to smell ironic, is that even possible? Well my answer is that there is at least one kind of person who can wear a symbol of masculinity ironically, no matter how it is produced.

And that is a woman.  (Yes, I did buy some bodywash and deodorant.  Advertising wins again!)


David Tulloch said...

So let me get this straight ...

You now smell like the man women want men to look like?

Do you look like the man women want men to smell like as well?

Or maybe you look like the man men want to smell like? or smell like the man men want to look like?

But with your Princess Sparkle t-shirt you will look like the woman my daughter wants to look like.

Emily Veinglory: said...

Maybe I could use it to pick up gay men, or just confuse the heck out of them. But to look like the man men want women to.. oh heck, any kind of man--I would really need to work on my facial hair.