I appreciate the level of evident integrity and thoughtfulness that goes into the publication of the Mountain Xpress. This is why I was particularly disturbed when I perused the most recent publication and saw an ad for Club Xcapades that features a photo of a girl who looks to be no older than about 12 and is scantily clad. It even appears that the airbrushing of the photo accentuates a childlike image: She is flat-chested, with the visible arm ridiculously thin.
I am wondering if your editors screen potential ads at all, and if so, how did this one pass? I implore you to pay attention to what you are communicating by allowing such images to be portrayed in your publication. I sincerely hope that you will take a look and question your decision to include images such as this.
The editors respond: Thank you for your letter, and for taking the time to spell out your quite understandable concerns about the image of the young woman in the advertisement. We agree that she does indeed appear too young to appear in an ad for an adult establishment. And while our editors do not review every ad, in response to concerns like yours, we've instituted a new policy whereby our advertising director will review any similar ads prior to publication.
— Lisa Wolfe