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In six weeks, this book will make you totally lose it.

Six Weeks to OMG You’re Totally Insane

Date: August 21, 2012 | Posted By: Stacey
As a New York City commuter, I am privy to a whole host of crappy advertisements that plaster the subways and buses of our public transportation system. Inevitably, this includes ads that try to entice me to buy all manner of junk food, watch a ton of terrible television, and buy the latest pop-health book. Continue reading

These look like t-shirts and tank-tops, not personality transformers!

According to Old Navy, new clothes make a “new you”

Date: August 16, 2012 | Posted By: Stacey
I’ve never been a big fan of Old Navy commercials. The music is cheesy, everyone’s way too happy, and the clothing quality just doesn’t seem to match the price. But this month, Old Navy released their newest commercial, “New Girl” — and this one takes the cake. Basically, the premise of this commercial is that Continue reading

A slice of woman, anyone? A 2009 cover of WAD, an urban fashion and culture mag. There is also a male version of this cover.

Not-so-breaking news: Women more likely to be dismembered in our minds

Date: August 15, 2012 | Posted By: Stacey
New research confirms that sexual objectification of females is closer to the camp of knee-jerk neural responses rather than feminist fabrication. A recent study published in the European Journal of Social Psychology revealed that both male and female brains are more likely to disassemble the bodies of women, processing them in pieces rather than wholes. Continue reading

Two-thirds of the very young girls in this study want to be "sexy".

Mommy vs. media in sexualization of girls: Where are the dads?

Date: August 9, 2012 | Posted By: Stacey
An article on AlterNet about sexualization of young girls concluded “Mothers are a strong predictor — even more than the amount of media consumption alone — of whether a girl will regard herself as a sex object.” But I couldn’t help but wonder: What role do fathers play in their daughters’ sexualization? The article, titled “I Want Continue reading

Exhibit A: Women who want the right to vote for their own political representation are also liable to be physically aggressive and potentially abusive towards their now-cowering husbands and take out all manner of sins of these poor defenseless men.

Does being in a male-dominated industry make women skittish about feminism?

Date: August 7, 2012 | Posted By: Stacey
There was a big headline in recent weeks, one that many women rejoiced over—Marissa Mayer, a long-time Google executive, was hired as Yahoo!’s new CEO. Big news, indeed, since a mere 4% of CEOs (a grand total of… 20) of Fortune 500 companies are women. Of course, I wasn’t the only one to be disappointed Continue reading

In Magic Mike, the men wear skimpy costumes and dance for heterosexual women's pleasure.

Objectification—it’s not just for women anymore!

Date: July 31, 2012 | Posted By: Stacey
I’ve found myself split before on the topic of male objectification, for the simple reason that men and women don’t occupy equivalent positions of power. When advertisers and filmmakers present women as sexual objects, those representations exist in a world where women are disadvantaged socially, professionally, and politically. Sexualized images of women contribute to an overall Continue reading

Here is your sanctioned dessert!

Thanks SO much for that 90-calorie brownie, Fiber One.

Date: July 26, 2012 | Posted By: Stacey
Oh, Fiber One. Like other popular snack manufacturers, you decided to take the low road in selling your [not-so-]tasty treats, and have tried to convince women that they can — horror of all horrors — break their diets and satisfy their sweet tooth with your desserts! Fiber One’s approach to selling their 90-calorie brownies isn’t Continue reading

Smart Girls at the Party is back, celebrating girls just as they are

Date: July 24, 2012 | Posted By: Stacey
Oh, how do I love Amy Poehler, let me count the ways. Her web series, Smart Girls at the Party, returns for its second season as empowering entertainment celebrating real girls. The best part? Amy Poehler’s intimate webcam video series, “Ask Amy” where the bare-faced breath of fresh air answers girls’ questions from her bed. There Continue reading

Uh oh, ladies and gentlemen! Snooki took a tumble in her leopard platforms. This is top news, obviously.

Yahoo! News paints women as just haircuts and heels

Date: July 19, 2012 | Posted By: Stacey
As the world of media becomes increasingly digitalized, most people are giving up the Sunday morning paper for an online news peruse. Suddenly, newspapers seem too long and burdensome compared to the brief, scandalous sound bites and one-liners that online headlines provide — Yahoo! News headlines, in particular. But what happens when “top news” becomes a Continue reading

This controversial ad from Uni K Wax Centers promotes a “natural, safe, and pleasant” first waxing experience - for girls under 15!

Swimming and camping and… Waxing? Oh my.

Date: July 17, 2012 | Posted By: Stacey
When I was 15 years old and gearing up for summertime, my thoughts were much like the thoughts of any other kid preparing for three months of school-less bliss. Beach. Camping. Barbecues. Swimming. One thing that was certainly not on my mind was whether this would be the summer I would get a bikini wax. Continue reading