Asus Comment on Twitter Sparks A Controversy; Is There Rampant Sexism in Tech?

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    Asus is in hot water with the public for a Tweet they made recently regarding one of their new devices, the Transformer AiO. The Twitter comment, which you can see above said, "The rear looks pretty nice. So does the new Transformer AIO." It was in reference to a picture of one of their booth-babes demonstrating the new product at Computex 2012. The Twitter-verse was suddenly on fire with charges of sexism.

    One tweeter, Corinne Marasco, said, "Wow @ASUS, coming right on the heels of that awful NYT article where "Men invented the Internet." OK, I'll take my disposable $$ elsewhere." Another, Alexander Horré, fired off with, "Looks like @asus just committed social media suicide." A third, Leigh Honeywell, said, "@ASUS hey Asus, do you not want women as customers or something? Not cool." From there it snowballed. The comment was quickly taken down, but not before it was captured by the unstoppable permanency of internet captured moments.

    Since then Asus apologized for the matter. They issed the following statement,

    They also Tweeted the following, shown in a pic:

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    This massive marketing faux pas on the part of Asus seems to bring into stark clarity that the world of technology may be too skewed toward a sexist mentality. In fact, it even makes one wonder what the purpose of the "booth babes" is to begin with... More than likely, they are a "hand-me-down" concept from car & gun shows, which tend to be fairly male-dominated. Does it really need to be there anymore?

    The number of women in the world that enjoy technology is growing constantly. They have every right to be treated with respect as anyone else.

    Also, please make no mistake, I am not jumping on a high and mighty soapbox of self-righteousness. I am calling myself out for this behavior too. I admit that I initially thought the Tweet was funny, but writing this piece has put me in a self-reflective mindset. It's easy to bash on Asus for this mistake, but perhaps the problem with this prevalent sexism in the world of technology can only be fixed by looking in the mirror. Where does any type of prejudice begin, and, more importantly, where does it end?

    To paraphrase Mr. Shakespeare, from his play, Julius Ceasar, "The fault lies not in our stars, but in ourselves."

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    Whomever tweeted that should get a RAISE. This will attract all kinds of attention to their products because Asus is still not widely known to the mainstream. The potential buyers this turns-off will be small in comparison.
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    Every woman at those shows know they are there because they are pretty and sexy. You think someone is going to put a 300 pound woman up there to hold their product, no, they aren't. The comment wasn't vulgar or anything either. Everyone was thinking it, one person finally said it in a public way. I personally do thing that is a very nice rear too.
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    Marketing genius, and they're right, she does have a nice rearend. :)

    While true the girls at those shows are models, just like the ones at a car show, does it really give anyone the right to exploit them or make comments like that? Not really...

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    And let's be bluntly honest....The 3-in-1 transformer is cutting edge - what % of early adopters will be women?

    Just saying sometimes these incidents are unintentional, other times they are carefully orchestrated.
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    Idk about that. When this drops, my wife said I had better get her one on release day lol.

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    making a comment is exploiting them, I'm so tired of this politically correct garbage everyone keeps spouting, She is attractive, someone said something, get over it.

    if anything I think it was genius
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    I've seen similar comments in car magazines based on photos of the girls at the automotive trade shows, and no one complains. This was one of those comments that was purposely posted because it could be taken both ways. Not only is the view of the woman's (very nice) rear, so is the view of the device.

    Most tech ads are sexist and targeted towards hormonal males. I've seen much worse to be honest, this comment is rather tame.
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    They chose to have a beautiful model show off the computer rather than just any old person. Then they make a comment about what they did? We're looking in the wrong place if there's something to get upset about, no pun intended.
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    Something you need to be aware of, many people are in a state of hyper sensitivity. In this day and age you can practically be sued for anything.

    Yes she has a very nice rearend. But does that make it alright to tweet about it? I already said its genius because even negative publicity is publicity. And in marketing that's worth its weight in gold.
    There are two sides to every coin. What if she was your wife or daughter or girlfriend? Would you want some guy putting comments like that on twitter?? Or would you want to make him apologize for disrespecting her??? Or worse in some peoples cases, but we won't go I to that.

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    Got to give him credit for being honest!
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    What everybody is forgetting is, SHE'S A MODEL! She gets paid for being physically attractive and wearing clothing to make people notice her!

    People these days are so messed up. This is an example of over politically correctness and idiots out there. Its life, if you've got thick skin, you're gonna be in for a shock.

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    No, its obvious that she's a model, but for the sake of debate, I've taken the stance that its not right to make comments like this about a person, regardless of their looks. We all know that sex sells. Einstein isn't needed to figure that one out lol.

    On the flip of the same coin, what if she wasn't so attractive??

    Well for one she wouldn't be there to begin with. For two, if they had an unattractive woman there, and had said something like, our rearend looks A LOT BETTER than hers, Asus would be coming under even more fire. But people wouldn't be so quick to jump in and say, that's life.... why??? Because it's against the law to call someone fat. YES ITS TRUE its considered a hate crime. Why?? Because saying things like what a fat _____ is hurtful. Well not knowing the mental state of anyone, how do we know that it doesn't hurt this woman to be thought of as a piece of meat??

    At the same time it could also be an aphrodisiac to her. You just never know :) OK well I've made my point, you guys and gals have fun.

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    LOL! WTF! So it's A OKAY to dress up women, and have them just stand in front of a product, and just smile away, BUT OMG say they got a nice behind, and you've just crossed a line.
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    That she's a model is not irrelevant. What if that had been actual ad copy? A few feminazis would have cried foul, but otherwise I don't think it causes quite the stir. Post it on twitter and of course you're going to get the mostly negative comments.

    Have we become so jaded that we accept that sex sells, just be oh-so-very-discreet about it?
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    I guess I have to say it like this... it is if you think so, its not if you don't think so.

    If you think its right to treat people, not just women this way, then that's a decision you make. Its all subjective.

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    OK everyone, just a reminder to keep it family friendly. Obviously it is easy to go down a slippery slope with this kind of topic but lets refrain from doing so. Some posts were edited for content and some were deleted, lets just make sure that's the end of it. Thank you.
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    I'd argue that's a choice SHE MADE when she decided to become a model. What is so criminal about saying what everyone is thinking? You really can't object to that without opposing models and sex selling in all types of ads and promotions. It's a distinction without a difference.
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    The photo was taken NOT to promote the product directly, but to take advantage of the situation, and so the comment could be used. In other words, it was no accident that the camera was there, and pointing in that direction at that moment. Someone was trying to do just what they succeeded in doing...create a controversial photo and exploit the person and situation in it.

    We can choose to feed into the poor judgement of the photographer and of the tweeter, or we can choose not to. I choose not to.
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    I'd say that in some way you might be right, but think of this, do you know how many of them actually think its a curse to be pretty?
    Some flaunt what they have and use it to get what they want, others wish they were doing something, anything else and still making that kind of money.

    Some of them even wonder why they get paid to do it. A lot of them don't see themselves as pretty, I promise you that a vast number of these women are told how they're too fat, this and that is wrong with them. This is getting into another conversation all together, but aren't we supposed to be civilized?

    All we can do is speculate on how she MIGHT feel. But IMHO there's no need to say what everybody else is feeling. Because good or bad, its about someone else. :)

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