Nottingham Marks & Spencer accused of sexism over window display

Video: Helen Voce, of Nottingham Women’s Centre, says the display is ‘undermining’. 

Nottingham’s main branch of Marks & Spencer has faced claims its new window display is sexist.

The store on Albert Street is advertising women’s “must-have fancy little knickers” next to men’s “must-have outfits to impress”.

The slogan was later targeted by campaigners who pasted a sign over the women’s underwear advert so it read “must have full human rights”.

Fran Bailey posted a photo on the Facebook group Feminist Friends Nottingham, with the comment: “Ok, M&S Nottingham, have we really not learned anything in the last 35 years? Or am I alone in finding this, their major window display, completely vomit inducing?”

The photo sparked a fierce debate online, with some people supporting Ms Bailey’s view and others opposing it.

Video: Nottingham shoppers give their views on the display.

In a statement, a spokesman for M&S said it “sells more underwear, in more shapes, sizes and styles, than any other retailer, especially at Christmas”.

They added: “We’ve highlighted one combination in our windows, which are part of a wider campaign that features a large variety of must-have Christmas moments, from David Gandy washing up in an M&S suit through to families snuggling up in our matching PJs.”

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