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Posts by Stacey

Oh, these are just my two gold medals.

Is it a good idea to insult one of the strongest athletes in the world?

Date: June 19, 2012 | Posted By: Stacey
I love the Olympics. I mean, LOVE. Every other year I sit poised eagerly on my couch, ready to watch downhill skiers plunge through the snow, gymnasts vault into the air, and swimmers and skaters speed through the water and across the ice, with such talent and skill that it’s literally an art form. I can Continue reading


It's not enough just to change the portrayal of characters, we have to educate our youth on what they are consuming as well.

Study confirms that TV makes all kids, except little white boys, feel bad

Date: June 14, 2012 | Posted By: Stacey
Color me surprised at yet another study evidencing TV consumption, specifically for young girls and black boys, as self-esteem squashing. The exception? Little white boys. Yes, this is yet another indication of the lack of diversity represented on television, but I think this is only a small slice of a much larger problem. Released last week Continue reading


The Riding Mower candle smells just like "freshly cut grass," otherwise known as "that smell you shower to get off you after mowing the lawn."

Candles: Now available for men

Date: June 12, 2012 | Posted By: Stacey
Are you a man? Do you love candles? Are you deeply and appropriately ashamed of your love of candles because everyone knows candles are feminine (and there is nothing worse than being feminine)? Well today is your lucky day! Yankee Candles has released a line of candles that’s masculine enough to fit any manly man’s Continue reading


We assume you'll not only be married more than once, but also that you hope your wife will not have the ability to speak.

Sexualized Svedka fembot, go away!

Date: June 7, 2012 | Posted By: Stacey
Ok, so – I know that the last post I wrote was about an alcohol commercial promising to make you manly, and I can’t say that I was exactly expecting to be hit with another wave of sexist advertisements for an alcohol brand – but then again, given what we’ve seen thus far, we can’t Continue reading


JC Penney’s May Catalogue features a real-life, same-sex couple wearing wedding bands.

JC Penney and Gap lead the way in gay/lesbian advertising – but have we reached true inclusivity?

Date: June 5, 2012 | Posted By: Stacey
My friends, there’s no denying it: the political and social landscape of 21st century America is changing rapidly. On May 9, President Barack Obama publicly endorsed gay marriage, becoming the first American President to do so. On Saturday the 19th, the NAACP followed suit. These drastic endorsements in the political realm are significant milestones for Continue reading


Philadelphia Current Billboard: Straight-up-and-dirty BADvertising on Broad Street.

VisitPhilly city campaign sanctions street harassment

Date: May 31, 2012 | Posted By: Stacey
As a city girl and proud former Philadelphian, I was deeply disturbed to learn that the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation’s (GPTMC) latest campaign includes citywide billboards that outwardly encourage street harassment. Unsolicited commentary in public spaces has always sparked a special brand of rage in me. Long before I identified as a feminist, I Continue reading


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Could the tide be turning?

Date: May 30, 2012 | Posted By: Stacey
I’ve been a feminist since I was a teen (remind me to tell you the story of how I yelled, “My parents paid the same amount of money as yours did, giving me just as much right to be here as you. Only difference is I’ll probably get better grades than you!” to the 7th Continue reading


Unfortunately, the media does not make it easy to love one’s body.

Fat shaming: The judgment’s in the jargon

Date: May 24, 2012 | Posted By: Stacey
Fat-shaming, like sexism, takes many different forms. Rarely do we hear blatant declarations that “fat people are ugly/lazy/etc.” With the dialogue of “health” currently trending in pop culture, it becomes easier for advertisers, writers, and producers to integrate the language of fat shaming into their finished products under the guise of appropriate diet and fitness. Continue reading


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How can we stop playing the comparison game?

Date: May 22, 2012 | Posted By: Stacey
Last week, a cover appeared on Time magazine that rocked the parenting world, the body image blogosphere, and my Facebook feed (I am a breastfeeding mother with many parents in my social circle). The cover featured a mother breastfeeding her three-year-old son next to the provocative caption “Are you mom enough?” Inspiring responses abounded—my favorite, by Continue reading


The "Manly" Tequila.

Tequila 1800 will make you a man!

Date: May 17, 2012 | Posted By: Stacey
Did you know that alcohol has a gender? Well, in case any of the other examples written by myself and other fellow About-Face writers hadn’t convinced you, 1800 Tequila is here to really drive that message home. In a series of ads meant to emphasize the supposed purity of this brand, two specifically stand out Continue reading