recently when I use stack overflow I started to see the "Show us yours" ad, a women with very short skirt siting with a laptop in a sexy way.
What a distraction, when I try to answer or read a question this ad takes attention in a way (negatively) that affects my answer or understanding the question.
And I'm sure many will feel the same thing with sexy images that are put in front of them while answering or reading a question and answers.
Does anyone feel or think the same?
And wouldn't it be better to filter ads that contains some erotic parts since it is a site about programming?
After seeing your comments I would like to say something about it.
First I never agree to use skin for marketing and selling products and I consider it not professional humiliating and as @devinb said "condescending" and should not be supported in any way.
Most of you considered this ad as a way to make enough attention to click on it just as a normal tactic and it doesn't have provocative scene in it. Well if this was the case why didn't they put a man instead, why wouldn't you do that!? Because they want to stimulate men's desire on women skin to click on it. And you have to know provocative varies from person to other depending on his personality and the culture. In addition, provocative doesn't mean that it will turn on your sexual desire.
It doesn't distract!
well let's see, when you click at the ad and go to their page you will see they only put the upper half of the image and they put some white shadow at bottom of it. The creators of this ad edited it for their own website, it is ok in other sites but not ok on their own site. Why?
Is it provocative? Is it distraction? Is it erotic?
Some would say yes, or no, or maybe I'm wrong I don't know!
But is it acceptable to use skin or sexual scene as a marketing tactic? No said Jeff Atwood in his article "How Not to Advertise on the Internet ".
And hence, I don't think any reasonable person would classify it as an acceptable method since it is the first step towards idiocracy.