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Gallery of Offenders: “A pageant girl is someone who gets on stage, smiles, and when they get off stage, they don’t [smile].” —Brooklyn, 10-year-old pageant contestant

Date: September 2, 2010 | Posted By:
Questions to Consider: * What are the criteria on which pageant participants are judged? * Do the girls seem to enjoy being in pageants? * What skills or lessons are the girls learning? * Why do you think Toddlers & Tiaras was renewed for a third season? What We Think: Who at TLC came up Continue reading


Gallery of Offenders: How much lower can Ludacris possibly go?

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Questions to Consider: * Why would the girls in the video want to dance in order to make Ludacris appear? * Does Ludacris respect these girls who are “calling” him? * What product is this video selling? * What kind of behavior is this video promoting for women? * How does this video make you Continue reading


Gallery of Offenders: Victoria’s Secret: Passive Seduction.

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Questions to Consider: * How is the woman in this image presented? * What body parts are most emphasized in this image? * What product is this image selling? * Who is the intended audience? What We Think: This image is problematic because the woman is posed provocatively, with the intention of being a passive Continue reading


Gallery of Offenders: An Appalling (lack of) Apparel

Date: | Posted By: Stacey
Questions to Consider:   * What product is this ad selling? * Why would American Apparel use a semi-nude model to sell clothes? * Who is this ad’s intended audience? What We Think: “Oh, hi! You caught me completely by surprise as I lay here topless, staring vacantly into the camera. But while we’re here, Continue reading


Gallery of Offenders: Jillian Michaels is hazardous to your health.

Date: | Posted By: Stacey
Questions to Consider: * How are overweight people portrayed in this video? * How does Jillian’s training style make you feel about exercise? * What message does this video send about sensible weight loss? * How does the video make you feel about your own exercise habits? * What might the show be selling to Continue reading


Gallery of Offenders: Diesel tells all to “Be Stupid.”

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Questions to Consider: * What is this ad saying about women? About men? * What kind of action or attitude is this ad encouraging? * What product is this ad selling? What We Think: In this ad, Diesel is encouraging women to take actions that would gain them the title of “having the balls.” I Continue reading


Gallery of Offenders: Treating animals ethically, but what about women?

Date: | Posted By: Stacey
Questions to Consider:   * What is this ad trying to convey? * Who is this ad’s intended audience? * What does a woman’s body have to do with the ethical treatment of animals? What We Think: They may be called People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, but it’s hard to remember the last Continue reading


Designers won’t think outside the sample size to dress Christina Hendricks

Date: | Posted By: Stacey
Yes, I’m on a Christina Hendricks kick. Can you blame me? Just a few days after my last post on the “Mad Men” star and some supposed Photoshopping shenanigans, Christina strutted down the Emmy Awards red carpet Sunday. While it may have been tough to notice anything other than the ravishing redhead’s um, assets (which Continue reading