Saturday, March 19, 2011

Är Du Gift?

Well no, Sweden, not any more actually, thanks to you!

A while ago, I posted about some porn I had seen in a store window, and basically got half the population of Sweden commenting to tell me to chill out and not be so prudish and anyway Americans are really violent and that's much worse.  And I was like, okay sure, different cultures are different, maybe Americans are uptight about sex a little bit? 

But at least we don't have commercials telling people to have affairs.

I've been seeing these all over Stockholm the last few days, and I was like, no, that doesn't say what I think it does... right?  I mean, "ha en affär" doesn't exactly take a translation genius to figure out, but I just though I had to have got it wrong.

Except it turns out I didn't.  Yep, these commercials that are everywhere (seriously, you can't miss 'em unless you walk around with your eyes shut... and why would you do that?) and they say "are you married?  Live a little - have an affair".  They are for a dating agency.  For married people.

Now, I'm all for being free and open about sex and chill with being naked and experimenting and kinky stuff if that's what consenting adults want to do on their own time, but I draw the line at encouraging adultery.  There's just no excuse for that, and I have serious questions about a culture that's okay with it.

You can't help but see how a certain good old American boy who had been stand up and committed and respected the institution of marriage got off the plane here and was like "party time". 


Courtney Erin said...

Wow, that's crazy!

xoxo ~ Courtney


Hello, thank you for the bloggy visit + lovely comment! ooh, thrift shopping in Stockholm that does sound fabulous. I'm officially addicted, great finds + awesome prices =instant happiness.

And as for the ads? Oh my goodness, NO that is terrible. I'm with ya -totally shocking and wrong. Lovely weekend to you. xx veronika

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Anonymous said...

Uh oh. OhioGirl, Are you back together with your hubs? Sounds like it.

shakey said...

The U.S. and Canada were subject to commercials a couple of years ago with the same thing -

The Swedish site might be an affiliate or some such thing.

I haven't seen the commercials in quite a while.

shakey said...

Got caught up on all this stuff that's happening to you. It's happening to my sister, too. Do what you need to do to protect yourself. I hope you've retained legal representation and won't back down from anything.

OhioGirl said...

Thanks everybody, good to know I'm not the only one who's like, uhhh, adultery isn't okay!

OhioGirl said...

@anonymous - no way! Am pretty stupid, but not that stupid - I'm not sure of much in my life right now, but AM sure we're dunzo. Can only say that if he marries this twinky word is he's shacking up with, I guess she's got the same to look forward to - good luck to her!

@Shaky - thanks! Am figuring everything out slowly but surely.

Swede In London said...

I heard about this agency. I was hoping it was a bad joke... Apparently not... Absolutely insane!!

Anonymous said...

They're trying to get the ads pulled. Agency is not Swedish but Norwegian - but anyways I do not believe that one company refelcts upon the mentality of a whole nation.