This morning I was toodling my way up Austin’s famed South Congress Avenue, home to such beloved Austin institutions as The Continental Club, Austin Motel –one of the last great rock ‘n’ roll hotels, it’s affectionately known as “The Balls Out Inn” for reasons I cannot possibly fathom — the world’s largest urban bat colony, and well…me.
And I was struck by a sign.
Well, not literally, but I was briefly taken aback by a sign for what I can only assume is a local adult novelty shop.
Right there, on a billboard in a yellow babydoll of questionable taste was an unquestionably plus-sized model posing alluringly under the headline Xtra Xtra Sexy.
And that’s…good. Right?
On one hand, I’m glad that a store pretty much built around sex and sexy things feels confident in the sex-selling potential of a plus-size woman. Plus, since it’s advertising TO big girls and their partners without fetishizing their size (i.e., big women are ravenous for sex and food and everything else) there’s something positive about treating the 14-plus set the same boring phoned-in way that straight sized women are.
On the other, I don’t really ever want to see ANYONE towering twelve stories above me all nips akimbo on my drive in to work. What do you think?