LUX spotlights everyday sexism around the world by asking men to walk in women’s shoes
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Global beauty brand’s collaboration with online platform City Walks aims to turn men into allies through direct experience of the female perspective
July 2021:- Unilever beauty brand, LUX, is launching a campaign to highlight the impact of casual sexism faced by women in their everyday lives by inviting men to experience it first-hand for themselves. Whether on the street or in the workplace, women are constantly judged on the way they dress, walk and speak. From catcalls to inappropriate compliments, everyday sexism is shockingly commonplace – and is causing women to self-edit their beauty and how they express their femininity as a result.
Although the problem exists on a global scale, many men don’t consider that they are doing or saying anything wrong. Nor are they aware of the damaging impact that seemingly offhand comments like ‘Cheer up, you look prettier when you smile’ may have on women’s self-worth.
The new LUX campaign, titled “In Her Shoes” and created by WPP’s Wunderman Thompson, aims to spark a conversation and bring about real behaviour change by giving men the opportunity to – quite literally – walk in women’s shoes. The campaign cleverly leverages City Walks – a quickly growing platform where users can take a virtual stroll around different cities around the world – to offer men a glimpse of the sexism that women suffer by doing something as simple as taking a walk.
The campaign has been kicked off in the Middle East. When users visit the platform, they can click on “In Her Shoes”, a special button allows them to toggle between experiencing the walk as a man, or as a woman. While men can enjoy an uninterrupted ramble, soaking up the sights and sounds of the city, the female perspective is very different. Crossing a bridge or wandering down a side street attracts unwanted attention from groups of men, with users subjected to casually sexist remarks like “Hey boss, look at us!” or “Why this red lipstick?”, or “Stop here, I wanna talk to you!”
To build on the campaign and transform the perpetrators of sexism into allies, feedback was collated from male users who have experienced the LUX “In Her Shoes” as a woman, encouraging self-reflection through a series of questions asking how the ordeal made them feel, and how they think women feel as a result.
“In Her Shoes” is underscored by LUX’s pledge to inspire women using content, partnerships and activations to help them rise above everyday sexist judgments and express their beauty and femininity unapologetically.
In March 2021, Unilever launched a new Positive Beauty vision and strategy globally which aims to champion a new era of beauty which is equitable and inclusive. LUX seeks to inspire women to confidently embrace their beauty and appearance as their own, as opposed to it being dependent on the opinion of others thus making their interpretation of their beauty their strength.
Speaking on behalf of LUX, Severine Vauleon, Global Vice President - LUX at Unilever said,
“LUX has been celebrating beauty and femininity since 1925. We understand that beauty is a woman’s armour, her source of strength. It is hers to express, unapologetically. We will continue to help women everywhere fight casual sexism at home, in the workplace and in wider society. Hence this campaign is in line with the brand’s purpose. At LUX, we believe that beauty should be a source of strength rather than a source of judgement.”
Bas Korsten, Global Chief Creative Officer - Wunderman Thompson
“Unfortunately, there is still this widespread fear amongst women everywhere to walk the streets at night. A fear that is fuelled by everyday sexist comments women get from men. It’s unacceptable. And I’m proud that Lux is taking a stand and that we are doing something about it. Helping women to rise above judgements and to express their femininity and their beauty unapologetically.”
Marco Versolato, Chief Creative Officer WPP@Unilever/Wunderman Thompson:
“It's one thing to be aware of sexism, but to actually experience it, is a whole other thing. That's why this idea is about experiencing it for yourself. Because changing how we see and feel can change how we behave and act on this issue.”
Aristomenis Georgiopoulos & Artemis Stiga, creators of the City Walk platform, added:
“In many countries casual sexism is a reality, but the conversation about this serious issue is now open and a considerable amount of global brands lead to raise awareness towards a positive income about this. We are really sensitive about gender equality and we wish for all the discriminative behaviours to be eliminated, so that men and women can experience the same feeling of security and confidence in their everyday lives.”
About City Walks
City Walks Live was created during Covid-19 times by the urge of traveling. It is a growing platform where everyone can virtually wander around the world and feel the different vibes each city has to offer. You can find us at .
Lux has been celebrating beauty and femininity since 1925. We understand that beauty is a woman’s armour, her source of strength. It is hers to express, unapologetically. We will continue to help women everywhere fight casual sexism at home, in the workplace and in wider society. Lux is committed to reduce instances of, and inspire women to rise above, everyday sexism through content, activations and partnerships.
About Wunderman Thompson
At Wunderman Thompson we exist to inspire growth for ambitious brands. Part creative agency, part consultancy and part technology company, our experts provide end-to-end capabilities at a global scale to deliver inspiration across the entire brand and customer experience.
Agency Creative – Wunderman Thompson
Bas Korsten, Global CCO Wunderman Thompson
Marco Versolato, CCO WPP@Unilever/Wunderman Thompson, Singapore
Facundo Paglia, CCO Wunderman Thompson, Puerto Rico
Ricardo Tronquini, Creative Director Wunderman Thompson, Singapore
Andres Aranguren, Wunderman Thompson, Puerto Rico
Javier De Bourg, Wunderman Thompson, Puerto Rico
Agency Account Management - Wunderman Thompson, Singapore
Hinoti Joshi, Business Director, Global Lux
Ricca Teotico, Sr. Account Director
Deeksha Siwach, Sr. Account Executive
Agency Strategy - Wunderman Thompson, Singapore
Rebecca Nadilo, Chief Strategy Officer
Agency Production - Wunderman Thompson, Singapore
Gerri Hamill, Head of Integrated Production
Zakee Talib, Production Coordinator
Production House: SMC, Dubai
Producer: Shamim Kassibawi
Jessica Hartley, Global PR
Citywalks - Aristomenis Georgiopoulos & Artemis Stiga
Severine Vauleon, Global Brand Vice President
Swarnim Bharadwaj, Global Brand Director, Lux
Vivien Ng, Assistant Brand Manager, Lux