The archetypical damsel in distress picture figures a women tied to railway tracks awaiting her dreadful faith. I've even made one myself.
Typical for France... we have a scandal about just such a picture. This one: bit.ly/2AE9WdE
The poster is from a campaign to get the high speed trains ("TGV") to stop in a large town in the South of France where currently it passes through without stopping. The text of the picture is "With the TGV she would have suffered less !"
So why did this cause a scandal ? One would expect (this is France, after all) that it was because it's a misogynistic poster. But actually it is worse than that. The poster exploited a true-life incident in which a local man murdered his wife by tying her to the tracks before throwing himself under the same train: bit.ly/2kqBgkM
It's a weird world we live in...