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This Feminine Hygiene Brand Is Trending On Malaysian Twitter And Here’s Why

This Feminine Hygiene Brand Is Trending On Malaysian Twitter And Here’s Why

Libresse Malaysia’s “offensive” advertising campaign was Ad Of The Year on YouTube.

Maya Suraya

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French artist Edgar Degas once said that art is not what you see, but what you make others see.

Unfortunately, what others see is sometimes deemed offensive.

Case in point, this post by Malaysian lawyer and politician Dyana Sofya Mohd Daud:

In her retweet of another user by the name Valaerys which shows the “offending” artwork, the former political secretary to the Democratic Action Party (DAP) said she was not offended by it.

What the artwork is referring to is part of feminine hygiene brand Libresse Malaysia and its campaign “Know Your V” that was launched last year and meant to break taboos of “getting to know your vagina”.

The ad won for “Best Ad in Personal Care & Health” at YouTube Works, an awards platform for YouTube advertisements for the most creative, compelling and effective campaigns.

But why is it trending nearly a year after?

It seems the YADIM Muslim Women’s Council (MAYA) has finally caught wind of the ad and have taken to their social media to call  Libresse Malaysia out.

Their statement has since gone viral with the image of the statement widely circulated online.

In a post made on Thursday (16 September), Dr Safinar Salleh, chairperson for MAYA, addressed Libresse Malaysia to say the image of the women’s private part on the brands’ advertisement designs are considered “exploitation of women’s bodies”.

Dr Safinar continues to say the promotion undermines the dignity of women, degrades them and also violates the norms of decency in Malaysian society.

Displaying the vulva motif openly on clothing, packages, bags, origami and other items, is not acceptable in our culture nor allowable according to our religious values.

Dr Safinar Salleh, Chairperson, YADIM Muslim Women’s Council

She then urged Libresse Malaysia to withdraw the campaign from all channels of print, digital and social media.

Libresse Malaysia react

Libresse has responded with a post on their Instagram made a day after MAYA’s appeal:

They write, “As an inclusive brand we value every voice, we are actively engaging with the community members who expressed their views and shared their advice with us.

Netizens react

Although the issue was settled a couple of days ago, Netizens are clearly still riled up.

One Netizen said they’d choose Libresse Malaysia’s packaging over these ads any day:

While one joked how those objecting the campaign cannot eat nasi kerabu because of its resemblance to the bunga telang (clitoria ternatea):

And then there were those who joked about the brand’s ingenious marketing:

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