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May 20, 2010

Coffee Snorters: Sexist Search Engine Edition

I am sorry, but this is funny:

Google has landed itself in trouble by censoring advertisements for a so-called 'cougar' dating websites for women despite taking no action against ads of similar sites for men.

The company labelled the ad for the website, called CougarLife, which promotes relationships between older women and younger men, as "non family safe".

However it allows ads that publicise such liaisons between older men and younger women - from a website called ArrangementSeekers.com.

Both CougarLife and ArrangementSeeks are owned by the same company, Avid Life Media.

Google officials then refused to allow the advertisements for the Canadian-owned dating service, which introduced "women in their prime with younger men", to be sent to third party websites.

I sleep better at night knowing the folks at Google are constantly on guard against predators of the perimenopausal persuasion.

Posted by Cassandra at May 20, 2010 08:03 AM

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"Non family safe?" As an English-speaking person, I am offended by the phrase "non family safe." First, as written, it is unclear to me whether the prefix "non" is intended to modify "family" or "safe." This is why the King invented hyphens. To wit: "non-family safe" would imply that whatever the hell it is that is the object of the phrase is "safe," but only for "non-families." On the other hand, "non" sans hyphen could be read (indeed, must be read) as modifying "safe" as in "family non-safe," or, perhaps, non-safe family;" each of which, while hard on the ear and stupid, nevertheless carry prenumbras and emanations worthy of an high court opinion. So what is it to be, Mr. Google? Is the advertisement safe, but only for "non-families (which, I presume, exist, if only in Google-land)?" Or do you mean to say that the advertisement is "not safe for families?" And, if the latter, THEN WHY DIDN'T YOU JUST WRITE THAT INSTEAD?!?!

Second, is the advertisement the product being advertised is unsafe for families(Clue: "Unsafe" means the same thing as "not safe") because it explodes when opened?

Posted by: spd rdr at May 20, 2010 11:05 AM

mr rdr....

How did I know you'd be unable to resist this one?


Posted by: Sister Mary Ita at May 20, 2010 11:22 AM

My dear Mr. rdr, They make medicine now that will make all of the voices in your head go away. Please avail yourself of them.

Posted by: Russ at May 20, 2010 11:57 AM


Who would I whack with my Ruler of Death? :)

Posted by: Cassandra at May 20, 2010 12:03 PM

Butbutbutbut wouldn't only non families be searching for cougars?

Isn't that like shooting oneself in the foot?

Or putting unshot foot in mouth?

Posted by: Cricket at May 20, 2010 12:19 PM

It's usually advisable that one shoot oneself in the foot *before* one puts it in one's mouth than *after*.

Posted by: BillT at May 20, 2010 01:33 PM

Spoken like a man with much experience of women :p

Posted by: Cassandra at May 20, 2010 01:38 PM

Will the medication work on voices in my head that sing "Dancing Queen" all day long? They're really annoying when I'm trying to compose a brillantly insightful comment.

You can dance, you can jive, having the time of your life....Oooooooooh
See that girl, watch that scene, diggin' the dancing queen


Posted by: spd rdr at May 20, 2010 01:47 PM

We use Swedish sirens here on the FOB.

"Aye-LAR-oom RAY-ud. Aye-LAR-oom RAY-ud. Ay-TEN-shoon owen dey FOB, ve haff der in-coming roundies, ya shur, uff-da. Aye-LAR-oom RAY-ud."

Usually the booms finish up before the announcer does.


Posted by: BillT at May 20, 2010 02:00 PM

Who fires the aebleskiver cannon at the FOB?

Posted by: Cricket at May 20, 2010 02:43 PM

Oh *thanks*.

Now I am going to have nightmares about ABBA lobbing raspberry ebelskivers at me all night.

Posted by: Princess Leia in an Ebelskiver Bikini at May 20, 2010 03:08 PM

Well, you see, older men looking for younger women are gentlemen seeking adornment. Older women looking for younger men are predatory sex-addicts out to corrupt the younger generation.

Or something equally silly. Neither group sounds very family-friendly to me.

Posted by: LittleRed1 at May 20, 2010 03:37 PM

Now I am going to have nightmares about ABBA lobbing raspberry ebelskivers at me all night.

Aye-LAR-oom RAY-ud. Aye-LAR-oom RAY-ud.

All pear-sohn-NELL vill poot der Visqueen out-serts over der SAPI in-serts und deploy der ebelskivering-decoys, ya shur, uff-da.

Aye-LAR-oom RAY-ud.

Posted by: BillT at May 20, 2010 04:09 PM

The company labelled the ad for the website, called CougarLife...

Ummmmmm, was that CougarLife-dot-com, or CougarLife-dot-org?

Just askin'...

Posted by: BillT at May 20, 2010 04:12 PM

That policy certainly does seem sexist...

Posted by: camojack at May 21, 2010 01:24 AM