General Motors made headlines a few years ago when it offered customers cars at the “You Pay What We Pay” employee rate—and GM saw spike in auto sales as a result. Makes sense.But those were cars. Surely, Hearst isn’t charging its own employees for copies of its magazines, are they? Things haven’t gotten that bad, have they? I mean, have they? Rifling through my local coupon mailer the other day (I was looking for one for Garnier Fructis, naturally), I came across an unusual offer from Hearst’s Country Living: I e-mailed Hearst for clarification, and will post their response here when I get it. In the meantime, has anyone else heard of any other magazines charging employees for subscriptions? And, moreso, marketing those “savings” to potential subscribers?UPDATE: Here’s what Hearst says: “Hearst doesn’t charge employees for comp copies distributed in the office, but like most magazine publishing houses, we do offer special rates to employees who want to order subscriptions as gifts or for themselves. Also, to clarify, the Country Living promotion is specific to the magazine and is not a corporate offer across all Hearst titles. This particular promotion is confined to newspaper ads to generate a small number of subscriptions. It is not a widespread practice.”
Turned On Share your voice Tulipan has placed the limited-edition product in bars and at events around Buenos Aires, and is sharing the product on social media with the hashtag #PlacerConsentido, or “permitted pleasure.” Tulipan plans to sell the condoms online in the future, TNW reports. “Tulipan has always spoken of safe pleasure, but for this campaign we understood that we had to talk about the most important thing in every sexual relationship — pleasure is possible only if you both give your consent,” Joaquin Campins of BBDO said in a statement. Click for more on the intersection of technology and sex. Tulipan’s unusual rubbers arose, TNW reports, after AHF Argentina, an advocacy organization for people living with HIV, revealed that only 14.5% of Argentinian men regularly used a condom. While 65% said they occasionally used condoms, an alarming 20.5% said they’d never used a condom. Many on social media applauded the message tucked into the marketing, though some noted the types of people who commit sexual assault wouldn’t pay attention to it.This isn’t the first creative product to highlight issues around sexual boundaries. The Dress For Respect measures how many times the wearer is groped, with sensors sewn in that measure where on the body, and when, the wearer is touched. The information gets transferred via Wi-Fi to a control unit in real time. The conceptual frock by advertising agency Ogilvy got a test run last year in Brazil, where 86 percent of women have been harassed in nightclubs, according to data from Think Olga, a feminist collective founded by a Brazilian journalist. Three women wore the sparkly conceptual dress to a Sao Paulo club in one night, and the data showed they were touched nonconsensually 157 times in less than four hours. That averages more than 40 touches per hour. Comments 4 Tulipan Two hands aren’t enough to open the package for the new “Consent Pack” of condoms. It takes four hands pressing simultaneously on all four sets of buttons on the top and sides of the box. “If they don’t say yes, it means no,” the tagline on a video demonstration reads. Ad agency BBDO Argentina created the “Consent Pack” for Tulipan, an Argentine seller of sex toys and sexual-health products, including condoms. You probably won’t find this unusual condom in a drugstore near you anytime soon, but it’s still a reminder of the importance of consent in any sexual encounter. It’s a topic that’s gotten increasing attention on college campuses and workplaces in the US amid the #MeToo movement. “Why can’t this box be opened with two hands? Because that’s how consent works in relationships,” reads a translated post from Tulipan’s Facebook page. En el sexo vale todo solo si se respeta una regla: el consentimiento de ambos para hacerlo. #PlacerConsentido 🌷 pic.twitter.com/RuIjvbL1yg— Tulipán Argentina (@TulipanARG) March 27, 2019 Tags Culture Wellness
Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe and Koichi Hagiuda, a senior member of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, is seen in this file photo. Photo: CollectedJapanese prime minister Shinzo Abe’s government came under fire Tuesday after a senior MP suggested only women should raise children under three and another urged newly-weds to have at least three kids.Abe’s government has made “womenomics” — or boosting women’s participation in the workplace — a priority, as the country’s workforce drops amid a rapidly ageing population.But Koichi Hagiuda, a senior member of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), touched off a firestorm on Sunday when he said men rearing children might be “unwelcome” for them.”Children need an environment where they can stay with their mothers … if you ask infants under three which parent they like more, the answer should be mama, even though there are no firm statistics to support it,” said Hagiuda, 54, the LDP’s executive acting secretary-general.Those remarks came after another MP, Kanji Kato, doubled down on comments suggesting young couples should produce at least three children, saying he had received popular backing.But the leader of the main opposition Constitutional Democratic Party lashed out on Tuesday, saying the comments were “intolerable.””There are many people who cannot give birth to children despite wanting to and there are many single-father families,” Yukio Edano said. “Don’t they notice these facts?”Sumire Hamada, from rights group Asia-Japan Women’s Resource Center, told AFP that Hagiuda’s comments were “out of the question.””What happened to the government’s pledge to build a society where men can participate in child-rearing?”These comments overturn what the government has said, and I’m sure many fathers have been angered” by Hagiuda’s “rude remarks,” she said.Another campaigner said the remarks could encourage men to persist in the long working-hours culture endemic in Japan.Tetsuya Ando, founder of the organisation Fathering Japan, told AFP: “When he said children under three like mothers more than fathers, that’s unacceptable.””That kind of remark puts pressure on working mothers to stay at home while removing fathers’ rights to rear children,” said Ando, 55, himself a dad-of-three.