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I'm sure this was meant to be funny but a more general version like saying...people who say it can't be done shoudn't interrupt the creative people who are doing it... would have been preferred. This reads like an unintended (I hope) slam to our male demonstrators.
Hi, Jean! This post is certainly not intended as a slam to anyone. We were very careful to include only those who are naysayers. We believe the men who stamp and craft not only say IT CAN BE DONE but also jump in and prove it by doing it themselves--and for that we truly applaud them!
I would also like to put my voice forward in saying that this is an offensive ad. Please either reword it or remove it completely. As a joke or not it is just WRONG.
It's a joke...lighten up!
Some people think that jokes that call blonde women stupid are funny. That doesn't make those jokes any less sexist. I have to say I agree with Jean, Sandy and Karen. Love Stampin' Up! products but I think this ad is just wrong.
This is a take on a quote by Elbert Hubbard....it's like Behind every great man is a woman! It's just a quote. Have fun with it.
I personally don't like the statement it makes . . . offensive towards our male demonstrators - and men in general . . . if the genders were reversed, there would be many women very upset I'm thinking . . . so many ads nowadays put men in a negative light and it needs to stop - really . . . if @Stampin' Up! truly applauds the men, then say so - and get rid of this ad!
I think this quote is fabulous. Get over it!
I suppose I could get over it...if I hadn't already seen the hurt its caused inside the SU community. And yep...I figured it was a quote and meant to be taken lightly though unidentified. It sounds rather like something Eleanor Roosevelt would have said about 70+ years ago. Funny in one light but not so much for those it hurts. And for those who don't know how wonderful SU as a company is (and that's who is being targeted by this ad campaign those unaware of SU) it might give the wrong impression. In fact...it already has in some households.
Love it so much! Hope it's a MDS print that we can purchase. I don't find it offensive to men or my husband at all. This is like the quote of our lives. He tells me something can't be done, but I do it anyway. Like, hanging shelves not in stud. They have been there 5 years and are totally fine. Maybe I'm missing something about this ad, but as someone in the targeted age audience I LOVE it!
"Those who say it can't be done are usually interrupted by others doing it." -James A Baldwin or "The world is moving so fast these days that the man who says it can't be done is generally interrupted by someone doing it." -Elbert Hubbard
I totally do NOT read this as aiming this to male OR female demos.
@Jean Fitch a real question- what hurt inside the SU community are you talking about?
And I do agree thgat it sounds like a quote from MANY years ago when women really started coming into their own.
* -"as SU aiming this to male or female demos..". (I left out SU)
@ Tandra...check the thread on Stampin' Connection in General Suggestions. At least two male demos have made their feelings known and one considered quitting in part because of this and the reaction he got from home office when he shared his displeasure. More has been shared in other venues by males and females alike. Consider if the black white analogy had been used instead of male/female. Wouldn't fly with most agencies. Yes negative humor can be funny inside the circle but outside it's risky. I agree the ad wasn't aimed at demo's nor was it perhaps meant to be controversial but to a wider audience unaware of SU and it fits with the culture of slammin humor so popular today. The guys inside the SU community were perhaps the unintended fallout.
This is ticking off our male demos according to the SC forum!
Gotcha. I have such a hard time navigating SC so usually im just looking at the pics! Thankyou!
At first the ad looks cute and clever. But it's really saying rude things. The ad should be scrapped (and I don't mean in a scrap book). Our male demos should be shown that SU didn't mean to dis them. We need more men in our ranks if they are as creative as the ones we have. This ad will not attract them.
This ad is discouraging. I agree with the sentiments that any effort to isolate is not consistent with a company that aims to inspire, communicate, empower, unify, and celebrate.
I think that too much is being read into this. I think it's funny and can be said for both sides. I think it's cute and I know for a fact my husband would not be offended by this and neither would I. In fact, it stood out to me in a business sense that the way my husband views my "cardmaking" as a silly hobby can be amazed by the fact that I could turn it into a very real business!
But we have male demonstrators that have voiced that this is discouraging and sexist. We need to respect the few we have otherwise they'll be turned off from SU.
I'm embarassed by the sexist tone of this particular statement and hope it is not part of a wider advertising campaign. If the words Man / Woman were reversed, women would be in an uproar and no company in their right mind would use such a slogan in an ad campaign. What was Stampin' Up! thinking?!?
I don't see what this quote or ad has to to with Stampin' Up!. How does this adverstise the great products for stamping and scrapbooking that SU offers?
I do believe that this ad is offensive to male demos. Surprising with the push to recruit, recruit, recruit the past couple of years.
I loved it and so did my hubby. We both thought it was funny and took it for the tongue in cheek way it was intended. Life is way too short to make mountains out of mole hills. Keep up the good work SU! You are a fine company.
I can't believe that anyone would get offended by this. Give me a Flippin' break!! I guess some people have to much time on their hands, so they find things to offend them so they can complain. Stampin' Up is awesome!
It doesn't generalize against all men. Just those that say "it can't be done." I wouldn't be offended at all if the genders were flipped because I'm one of those that never says "It can't be done." At convention they told us these ads are all about name recognition and appealing to a younger crowd. I think they are fun and accomplish their goal.
I'm very surprised by the people commenting that this ad is Fun and it accomplished it's goal. I would never like to believe that SU!'s goal was to offend our male demo's or that any SU! demo would think it's "fun" to hurt others. I'm not sure who has been involved with their marketing lately but, I think the way this ad is written is offensive, and I was offended by the MDS2 ad too...sterotyping a woman at home "ironing"??? I hardly know any one that irons anymore, except for myself...certainly NO 30 year old women that I know. And that is who SU! says is the market that they are trying to reach. Again, the ad is also offensive (besides the fact that it is a horrible looking picture!) And don't get me started on the horrific Stampin Success Sept 2012. I almost threw it in the trash before I realized it was from SU! What were they thinking??? I want to apologize to our male demo's that were offended...I thought SU! was more compassionate than these new ads.
Hey everybody. I am a male demo and I personally take no offence to this ad. I love it! I do not feel in any way that this is a slam at men at all. I will say this though; when I attended Hamilton's regionals this past month Shelli personally came to me to ask how I felt. I told her the same thing. I think this ad is funny. The fact that Shelli was concerned about my feelings towards this ad meant a lot. She does not want any of us male/female to feel offended by anything SU is doing. We should all know this! To those who are offended I feel you need only look at this as a thought provoker. Remember what SU is and what it stands for, SU is not an offensive product.
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