Editorial November 29 2017

Silly season is upon us.

With December 1 looming large on the calendar, the jovial bloke in the red suit will be starting to think about his Christmas preparations.

Many workplaces will be getting ready for end of year functions and soon Christmas celebrations will be in full swing.

By all means let your hair down and enjoy yourself this festive season, but remember one important message.

That simple message is: Be safe.

Look after yourself and look after others around you.

Unfortunately this time of year can often see people over indulging or doing things they wouldn’t normally do and sometimes that ends in tragedy. We don’t want you to be front page news this holiday season.

Get out and enjoy the many wonderful community and social events around the Illawarra at this time of year, but make certain you are here to enjoy them next year too.

And remember, you have to be good because …….. “Santa is always watching”.

‘SAUCY SANTA’ DEBATE

It seems our story on a rather racy Santa advertisement provoked a great deal of conversation on our social media platforms.

A local mum complained to staff at a Wollongong store about a raunchy poster showing Santa Clause pulling at the suspenders of a lingerie-clad model.

“We’re working [at reducing] domestic violence and that sort of thing, and that comes down to promoting respect for women,” local mum Sue Hassler said.

After the complaint, staff from Wollongong’s Honey Birdette store moved the advert in question for some time, but returned it to prominence in the shopfront soon after.

A couple of the edited comment reflected the polarised views on the subject _

“Seriously, Grow up. I am pretty sure that women who want to enter said store, do so willingly because there are items inside which they want to purchase. Why do they buy these items? To spice up their love life or empower them enough to feel comfortable with their significant other,” one reader said.

"Wow can't believe these comments. Shows how severely the patriarchial controls our culture. If women were treated equally, if women had power over their own sexuality, maybe this would be nothing .... but they don't,” another reader said.

Seems there is a strong divide on just what is acceptable in our advertising.