An advertisement for an airline competition that portrays older, single women as "cougars" who prey on young men at night is to close on Monday after incurring the wrath of both male and female rape victims in New Zealand.
The promotion by the airline's Grabaseat discount airfare site encouraged women aged 35 plus to send in photographs of themselves to compete for tickets to next month's Wellington Sevens.
New Zealand's Rape Prevention Education has labeled the ad appalling, disgusting and degrading to women, adding that some Air New Zealand staff were also concerned about the promotion.
"They find it degrading and that it is encouraging potentially harmful behavior, so my question is why is our national carrier promoting sexually predatory behavior?" director Kim McGregor told the NZ Herald newspaper.
"We have also had complaints from male survivors who have been raped by women and they are very distressed that their situation is being laughed at and made out to be humorous," she said.
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