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Canadian Wheat Board Turns to ‘Sex Sells’ Mentality with Recent Ad

Has the CWB Gone Too Far With Its ‘Still on the Fence’ Ad?

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It looks like one of those sexists vintage ads that you would have seen in the early 20th Century, but only it’s in the year 2013. The Canadian Wheat Board (CWB), who has been faced with some big changes this year with the monopoly gone and on the whim of the open-market, is looking for new and creative ways to grab farmer’s attention. A new ad featured on its website that says “Still on the Fence?” which portrays an attractive cowgirl with legs exposed straddling a fence post featured under its ‘hot topics’ icon is asking farmers to “choose with confidence” to entice farmers to book some grain with the CWB’s Futures Choice Winter Pool.

I understand that their target audience is for men, but as a woman in the ag-business I am offended by this ad - it’s demeaning to women and it implies that only men are farming in the west these days. But hey, maybe I am overreacting – what are your thoughts? Is the CWB ad offensive?

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