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Posts by Jennifer Berger

Is this an appropriate activity for a 3-year-old?

Trending with toddlers: pole dancing?

Date: February 21, 2012 | Posted By: Jennifer Berger
Just when I thought parenting skills couldn’t become any more questionable, I come face-to-face with a new activity atrocity: pushing pole dancing for children, adolescents, and teens. I almost choked on my morning cereal (Don’t worry, it wasn’t Cheerios – I still can’t get behind their marketing mishaps) when I read a June 2011 article from Continue reading

Exhibit A - full of the important-sounding "Glycantif"

Yves Saint Laurent sells hope in a jar with Forever Young Liberator

Date: February 16, 2012 | Posted By: Jennifer Berger
Women don’t really fall for the outrageous claims of beauty products… do they? You know that saying “There’s truth in humor”? Well, it’s never been more accurate than in the hilarious send-up that positions Adobe Photoshop’s technology as a fancy, Euro (“by Adobé”) beauty product. What’s so great about the spoof (as further detailed in this Continue reading

Is Liz Lemon feminist enough?

Tina Fey’s Bossypants may rescue her reputation as a feminist

Date: February 14, 2012 | Posted By: Jennifer Berger
If you identify yourself as a feminist, you probably already have an opinion on Tina Fey. Around the time 30 Rock debuted, everyone I knew was a huge Tina Fey fan. “She’s so gorgeous and smart and a feminist,” my friends would gush, holding their copies of the Tina Fey issue of Bust. (I am Continue reading

Melissa McCarthy in Bridesmaids - a grotesque?

Apparently, Melissa McCarthy deserves no awards for “Bridesmaids”

Date: February 12, 2012 | Posted By: Jennifer Berger
The film Bridesmaids has gotten a lot of attention this past year: a female-friendship focused film written by and starring women is pretty hard to come by. Notably present among the film’s recent Academy Award nominations was the Best Actress in a Supporting Role nod for Melissa McCarthy. McCarthy is known not only for her role Continue reading

The weight is over (dramatized)

New Australian weight-loss show “Excess Baggage” tries to outdo “Biggest Loser”

Date: February 9, 2012 | Posted By: Jennifer Berger
Excess Baggage, the new Australian counterpart to weight-loss reality show The Biggest Loser, claims to take the higher road by not relying on humiliation and shaming of contestants. It focuses on overall health vs. mere weight loss, utilizing a psychologist to address mental roadblocks which obstruct a healthy lifestyle, and rallying people off treadmills and Continue reading

The Strong4Life campaign - fat-shaming?

Georgia’s Strong4Life campaign relies heavily on fat-shaming

Date: February 7, 2012 | Posted By: Jennifer Berger
There is no denying childhood obesity is a growing concern. The CDC reports that one-third of American children and adolescents are overweight or obese. The health ramifications of an unhealthy lifestyle, especially one that begins in childhood, are severe. Seventy percent of obese minors had at least one risk factor for cardiovascular disease, and obese children and Continue reading

The tostada... delicious to some, terrifying to Us Weekly

Us Weekly uses language of disaster to discuss celebrity food choices

Date: February 5, 2012 | Posted By: Jennifer Berger
I’m a big supporter of healthy nutrition habits, but Us Weekly may not agree with me. I know I feel better and have more energy for the things I love to do when I’m eating a good balance of whole, natural foods. I also don’t argue with the fact that it’s important to know what Continue reading

Real vaginas come in all shapes and sizes

Vaginal dissatisfaction exposes a lack of diversity in sex education

Date: February 2, 2012 | Posted By: Jennifer Berger
I’m still trying to scoop my jaw off of my keyboard after viewing this documentary, The Perfect Vagina, in which UK-based writer Lisa Rogers delves into the world of vaginal cosmetic surgery. Primarily following an adolescent girl and two mothers who are dissatisfied with the shape and size of their vaginas, she documents the frighteningly Continue reading

Does Jay-Z have the power to change language in the larger hip-hop scene?

Jay-Z’s not changing his tune or his lyrics… yet.

Date: January 31, 2012 | Posted By: Jennifer Berger
The birth of Jay-Z’s daughter has not inspired him to alter the degrading language frequently used in his music. Yet. I must admit, I don’t keep up with celebrity gossip. In fact, I was shocked to hear that Beyoncé had given birth, as it was only recently I heard she was pregnant. Then my co-worker Continue reading

The model's fat is literally sucked away

LG Kompressor Plus: Is it funny to vacuum someone’s fat away?

Date: January 29, 2012 | Posted By: Jennifer Berger
The marketing masterminds employed by LG to sell their Kompressor Plus vacuum are coming up short with this commercial attempting to showcase the superior suction properties of their product: This clip rates high in the shock-value department, but the benefits highlighted in it are not those one would typically associate with a household vacuum cleaner. Continue reading