A big yuck to the Mountain Xpress for printing the photo of a woman's leg shackled to a dancing pole in an ad for a local nightspot. Hooray for healthy sexuality consensually expressed, but would Xpress have run the ad if the leg had been a shade darker? I think (thankfully) not.
Yes, editing is a form or censorship, but please choose not to run ads that portray violence to women as entertainment.
— Sherrill Osborne Knight
Xpress responds: Thanks for your letter, which raises good points. We restrict the number and content of adult ads that run in Xpress in deference to the range of values held by our readers and to ensure that Xpress continues to promote community dialogue among those readers. The Xpress Advertising and Production departments created this ad with our stock-image library, using, at the client’s request, an image of a woman with a pole. When the ad was created and approved by the client, we didn’t think through all the image’s connotations and implied contexts. The ad ran for one week. We have replaced it this week to reflect something more positive.