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Will this woman have to lose weight to gain zeal?

Kellogg’s Special K tells women their lives could be better, if only they were thin

Date: January 22, 2012 | Posted By: Jennifer
Given that Kellogg’s Special K basically markets itself as a diet food, my expectations for their advertising campaigns were already low. However, they have really outdone themselves with their new campaign, based around the question: “What will you gain when you lose?” In the commercials, women stand on bathroom scales that reflect buzzwords back at them: Continue reading

Melanie Griffith received a C for not being sexier

Body-shaming a common theme at the Golden Globes

Date: January 19, 2012 | Posted By: Jennifer
I have to be honest — I don’t watch a ton of TV. But even I am aware that on January 15, the Golden Globes were the talk of the media-inclined. Unfortunately, the articles I read are often diluted (read: polluted) by messages of sexism, attractiveness, and more often than not, body-shaming. I’m talking, of course, Continue reading

Australian high school students cite body image as a main concern

Concerns over body image outrank school and stress for girls in Australia

Date: January 18, 2012 | Posted By: Jennifer
Occasionally, media critics will get told that they take advertisements too seriously, and that messages being sent through various media channels aren’t that strong or meaningful. I know I have faced this accusation many times, and have been told that I’m either over-analyzing or am too sensitive. I’ve also been told that teens and adolescents Continue reading


Disney’s “Sofia the First” still tells kids to be pretty princesses

Date: January 12, 2012 | Posted By: Jennifer
Disney is adding a new member to their popular princess lineup, and she’s aimed directly at the youngest generation. Sofia, the title character of an upcoming TV movie (and series), “Sofia the First”, brings something new to the Disney table: she’s the first Disney princess who’s also a kid. While I can’t find any sources Continue reading

Men's magazine, or the voice of rapists?

The language of rape becomes mainstream

Date: January 11, 2012 | Posted By: Jennifer
Right this minute, my head is spinning and my eyes are popping out of my head over two recent reports about how the insidious, disrespectful, anti-women messages of “Bro Culture” have completely infiltrated pop culture. Continue reading

Looks like that apple could lose a few pounds.

Ring in the new year without body shame

Date: January 1, 2012 | Posted By: Jennifer
The New Year is upon us, and with it comes the pervasive, and often heavily marketed, promise of a better tomorrow. About 40% of American adults make at least one New Year’s resolution. Goals range from drinking less to reading more books, but unsurprisingly, in our body-conscious culture (in which rates of both eating disorders Continue reading

The high-kicks are still ever-present in the Christmas Spectacular

Can the Radio City Rockettes be revolutionary?

Date: December 29, 2011 | Posted By: Jennifer
The Rockettes have long been revered as a glorified group of long-legged eye-candy, but recent changes to their traditional dance numbers claim to be challenging the show’s status quo. A recent New York Times piece “Rockettes: Rebooted for a New Era” highlights an attempted shift in the theme of the famed showcase and the function of its Continue reading


Does eating Dove chocolate really have to involve “confession”?

Date: December 27, 2011 | Posted By: Jennifer
On rare occasion, the media isn’t blatantly in-your-face sexist, racist, or ageist. In fact, it’s the more subtle messages, especially those which appear to be about female empowerment, that are harder to scrutinize. Take this Dove® chocolate commercial, for example: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pUBchloHPmM Continue reading

A typical day recording at the studio, probably.

Lady Gaga’s “Marry the Night” video makes the psych ward seem hot

Date: December 22, 2011 | Posted By: Jennifer
By now, Lady Gaga fans have probably already seen her latest: a fourteen-minute opus that is allegedly a music video for her song “Marry the Night”. I say “allegedly” because the song itself doesn’t even start until nearly nine minutes in, after an extended sequence where Gaga narrates about trauma and we get to witness her Continue reading


H&M heralds the dawn of the “virtual mannequin”

Date: December 20, 2011 | Posted By: Jennifer
Between print media, TV ads, and virtual promotions, we media watchdogs have seen it all — rib cages, spines, cleavage, you name it. Though the women portrayed in most catalogs are typically white, unhealthily underweight, and sexualized, we could at least find solace in the fact that their bodies were their bodies — a.k.a, not Continue reading