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Sexist Advertising: New #NotBuyingIt App Helps Users Point Out And Discuss Offensive Ads (PICTURES)

25/03/2013 18:10 GMT | Updated 26/03/2013 10:33 GMT

From a woman with four breasts advertising a Playstation console to women selling Ryanair flights in their underwear, the objectification of women in media is far too commonplace.

But now a new mobile app hopes to use consumer power to challenge media sexism.

The #NotBuyingIt app, which is in the initial stages of development, allows users to name and shame brands that use sexist advertising and publicly boycott them.

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Users will be able to photograph, map and share adverts that poorly represent women, bringing offenders under one virtual roof.

The site explains:

"We're putting the power back in the hands of the consumer. In a media environment where women continue to be valued primarily for their youth, beauty and sexuality, it's time we took a collective stand.

"Sexism sells because it's what's being sold. We deserve more and better options. And with this app we will show the media that there is a way to make money without demeaning more than half the world."

The app is the brainchild of MissRepresentation.org -- the organisation behind the "Miss Representation" documentary that highlights how women are poorly portrayed in the media.

It is being crowd-funded on website Indiegogo.com. At the time of writing the app has made $18,296 of its $20,000 target.

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