At a time when the fight is to end colourism in beauty products and their advertisements, a men’s grooming company has adopted a disgusting, sexist, and outright regressive advertisement campaign that should have never been thought of in the first place, let alone executed.
Qraa Men, a men’s grooming products company, recently launched an advertisement campaign that blatantly sexualizes women to sell their products.
Text strips strategically placed across nude female models are a cheap, disgusting ploy to attract attention. And messages like “mard ban, beard grow kar” propagate a terribly flawed sense of beauty and ‘masculinity’.
Naturally, people have been calling out the offensive advertisement on social media.
This brand Qraamen is openly objectifying women on Instagram to sell men care products.— Naman P Singhal (@namanps) July 14, 2020
Not just that they have influencers like @flyingbeast320 promoting their products. @Nidhi @ndtv @HindustanTimes @ascionline @NCWIndia @thewire_in @SaketGokhale @sharmarekha pic.twitter.com/Ti0dvKd7sn
Is this some kind of a cheap joke or an advertisement spreading like bushfire on social media platforms… They marketing is directly targeting women.— Ravleen Sabharwal (@Rsabharwal23) July 15, 2020
Kindly see your self @sharmarekha this is unacceptable at the first glance@TajinderBagga look into this!@SwatiJaiHind #qraamen pic.twitter.com/YbP3ysHzUj
This week on Terrible Advertising: Qraa Men— Frankie Ramdayal (@RamdayalFrankie) July 15, 2020
What’s wrong with this ad – A thread pic.twitter.com/NiUWbUJimR
This company called Qraamen who deal with men products are downright disgusting. LOOK AT THEIR POSTS. LOOK AT THEIR “CREATIVE IDEAS” FOR INSTAGRAM.— Tanvi Jain 🌻 (@eatslurptravel) July 15, 2020
I AM SO LIVID. Please go and report this account.
Tag necessary authorities to take action! #rt pic.twitter.com/oGGPLIke5Z
I thought I’d seen it all but this men’s grooming brand launch comm-strat is uh… pic.twitter.com/7hT9138vCS— namaah (@thehappyn00dle) July 15, 2020
What kind of advertisement is this. Saying degrading things for women like wanna strip then buy this product?— Shalini (@negishalini20) July 14, 2020
Can you sense the heavy objectification of women?
Advertisers can’t look at a woman selling beyond stereotypes & sex. #qraamen #BanQraamen@SwatiJaiHind @NCWIndia pic.twitter.com/rrLPC6iqxJ
However, a quick glance at the company’s Instagram page shows that this is not a one-off, misguided campaign.
Qraa’s entire communication model is based on treating women as objects and promoting the ‘na mein haan‘ ideology used by Bollywood to normalize stalking/force consent.
They’ve also normalized infidelity, going so far as to promote Qraa as the product for men who cheat, while continuously playing on men and their inferiority complex.
Much like women are ridiculed and judged for excessive hair, dark skin etc., men too are judged for their inability to grow a beard, for being ‘too sensitive’, etc. And Qraa plays on all these insecurities, while continuously displaying photos of women in swimwear, or provocative positions.
It’s truly disheartening that even in today’s day and age, there is a need to reiterate these messages, but beards are not ‘magic potion’ that guarantee sex. Consent and sexual preferences are not ideas to be mocked. Women are not objects that help you sell products. And such regressive, sexist advertisements have NO place in society.
All images are screenshots from the Instagram page of Qraa Men.