Posts by Jennifer
Concerns over body image outrank school and stress for girls in Australia
Date: January 18, 2012 | Posted By: JenniferOccasionally, 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: JenniferDisney 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
The language of rape becomes mainstream
Date: January 11, 2012 | Posted By: JenniferRight 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
Ring in the new year without body shame
Date: January 1, 2012 | Posted By: JenniferThe 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
Can the Radio City Rockettes be revolutionary?
Date: December 29, 2011 | Posted By: JenniferThe 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: JenniferOn 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
Lady Gaga’s “Marry the Night” video makes the psych ward seem hot
Date: December 22, 2011 | Posted By: JenniferBy 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: JenniferBetween 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
NBC’s Parks and Recreation promotes feminism for everyone
Date: December 16, 2011 | Posted By: JenniferAs a media consumer, I usually have more to criticize than praise. Our televisions are constantly filled with stick-thin celebrities, diet ads, and negative messages about women’s bodies. So when a show has a woman-positive, even feminist message, it deserves recognition. Enter Parks and Recreation, a sitcom about small government in the fictional town of Continue reading
Will male objectification persuade us to check our breasts?
Date: November 30, 2011 | Posted By: JenniferRethink Breast Cancer harnesses the power of viral advertising with their new app, Your Man Reminder, but is objectification ever OK? In the promo ad, a doctor admits that since “studies have shown that women are more likely to watch a video if it features a hot guy”, he can’t discuss breast cancer with the Continue reading