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Old Mar 16th, 2004, 06:47 PM
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Virgin Atlantic Disrespects Women?

That's the feeling I got when I read about their new JFK Lounge.

According to their press release:
(http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/040218/nyw034_1.html)
they are touting the fact that they are the first company in the world to utlize the "Kisses" male urinal.

http://www.bathroom-mania.com/urinoir/kisses.html

This bathroom device is formed in the shape of a woman's mouth - completely dolled up with ultra-red lipstick.

I think Virgin Atlantic thinks this if fun and kooky. I think someone in the company made a really bad decision.

What's your take?

I'm not a woman, but I think it is in very bad taste. I don't think I'll be flying them any time soon. What's next - flight attendants in mini-skirts?
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Old Mar 16th, 2004, 06:58 PM
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Ick...very bad taste. What was on that persons mind? Did they do something really weird with the womens toilets too ?
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Old Mar 16th, 2004, 07:05 PM
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I'm a male and I find this really disgusting.
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Old Mar 16th, 2004, 07:49 PM
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Pretty weird. Designed by a woman, according to the website. Why, I have no idea.
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Old Mar 16th, 2004, 08:26 PM
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When was Virgin Atlantic known for its good taste? This newest angle sounds about par for the course.
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Old Mar 17th, 2004, 07:47 AM
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My grandmother (born before 1900) used to say it was a pity God designed us with our playground so near our plumbing (which she always said with a wink)! This is a turn on that phrase she could never have imagined. Beyond tacky, and disrespectful to both genders. A few people might find it funny; but I'd be surprised if they were not in the very small minority. A misjudgment on Virgin's part, even with their irreverent orientation.
 
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Ack, gag, ewwwww!

(Please don't let my husband know that there really IS something in this world that could render me totally speechless.)

My guess is that this will appeal to the same idiots that find "Naked Paintball Bimbos" to be good, clean fun. :-<
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Old Mar 17th, 2004, 09:59 AM
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ok I am a woman. Due to the fact that 95% of the people in my industry are men, I am very "flexible" in this area. However, Virgin has created a new low in this world. I am embarrassed that I have actually been a frequent customer of theirs.
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Old Mar 17th, 2004, 10:16 AM
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Do the toilet seats in the womens' bathroom have a man's face painted on it where you sit down ?
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Old Mar 20th, 2004, 07:34 AM
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It seems as if Virgin has come to its senses:

"Everyone at Virgin Atlantic was very sorry to hear of people's concerns about the design of the "Kisses" urinals," the airline said in a statement Friday.

"We can assure everyone who complained to us that no offence was ever intended," it said. "Virgin Atlantic always aims to listen to our passengers and the general public and as a result we will not install the urinals."
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Old Mar 20th, 2004, 07:38 AM
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SF Importer--Interesting follow up from Virgin Atlantic. So now the question becomes, were they ever really planning to install "Kisses" in the first place, or was this all just a publicity stunt? (You know the saying--there's no such thing as bad publicity?)
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Old Mar 20th, 2004, 07:45 AM
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Publicity stunt or not, I can get around just fine without flying with them.
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Old Mar 20th, 2004, 08:02 AM
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I don't usually get involved in stuff like this, but I sent them an e-mail on Tuesday with a link to this thread.

Apparently, enough people complained that they decided to go in another direction with their potties. (Up is the only direction they COULD go imho.)
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Old Mar 20th, 2004, 08:31 AM
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It seems very out of character for Richard Branson and Virgin to seek publicity
 
Old Mar 20th, 2004, 11:11 AM
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Maybe they will phase them out with the new Tony Blair uninals and toilet seats. \/
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Old Mar 20th, 2004, 12:05 PM
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I'm sorry, the product left me speechless as well, since I was laughing so hard.

It is tasteless. It is horrible, hideous and.... hysterical. I guess I am not that easily offended by bullsht.

And yes, it was a ludicrous idea on any corporation to include this product in its business. A humerous product displayed publicly can be quite offensive.
 
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I thought it had a striking similarity to the Rolling Stones logo (ie. Mick Jagger.) Maybe that's the image the intended, although clearly didn't, to evoke.
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Old Mar 20th, 2004, 01:12 PM
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Excuuuuse me, Ryan, but someone would really have to hate Mick Jagger to put his "kisser" there.
 
Old Mar 20th, 2004, 01:22 PM
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Cassandra, why would this be "disrespectful to both genders"? It's the famous Jagger lips known around the world and has nothing to do with women. Please stay out of the Men's room and getting false impressions. \/
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Old Mar 20th, 2004, 01:29 PM
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I'm not sure imagining that it's Jagger helps all that much.
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