The “Good Old Kiwi Bloke” — do you recognize him in your country?
Date: October 23, 2015 | Posted By: LizHere in New Zealand we are still *sigh* perpetuating the old, irritating double standard in advertising, and it’s tiring beyond belief. We continue to have a culture where we champion the “typical Kiwi Bloke”, who is “every man” and his mates, affectionately championed for his ordinariness and always welcomed into the brotherhood. Men in NZ Continue reading
The uncontrollable cost of beauty
Date: October 21, 2015 | Posted By: GabriellaI used to peruse the makeup section every time I entered a pharmacy. The rows of products would stare at me when I walked in, glinting and sparkling, until I would give in and buy an unneeded new mascara or my bajillionth bottle of nail polish. I didn’t even wear makeup most days! But I Continue reading
Gender neutrality needs some skirts
Date: October 9, 2015 | Posted By: SashaEllen Degeneres has a new line of girls’ clothes at Gap Kids, and it looks pretty great, but “gender neutral” it’s not. The Gap Kids website says that they are “dedicated to supporting girls just as they are, whether they skateboard or dance, wear dresses or jeans.” The clothes feature slogans like “Be your own Continue reading
The day I fell in love with Amy Schumer
Date: September 30, 2015 | Posted By: JessicaThe day I fell in love with Amy Schumer, I was preparing my Intro to Psychology lecture about gender. I was searching YouTube for clever clips that I could use, when I came across a video called “Inside Amy Schumer – Last F**kable Day”. The main character, Amy Schumer, comes across her “heroes” — Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Continue reading
What the 67th Emmy awards revealed about women of color in TV
Date: September 25, 2015 | Posted By: Caitlin WireThe 67th primetime Emmy awards happened this past Sunday, and while I opted out of watching it live in favor of the premier of the last season of Downton Abbey (many tears!), a tweet that night from CNN contributor Rachel Sklar was cause enough for me to drop my cup of tea back into its saucer and Continue reading
Does sex really sell?
Date: September 23, 2015 | Posted By: AlessandraToday, more than ever, sex is rampant in marketing, bolstered by the notion that “Sex Sells”, but a new study reveals that this may not in fact be the case. Since the beginning of modern advertising, sexual themes and imagery have been used to sell products. Some of the earliest sexual ads were created by tobacco companies in the late 1800s. Continue reading
Why women athletes deserve your support
Date: September 11, 2015 | Posted By: Caitlin WireIf you’re a female athlete like me, you know the drill when it comes to wanting people to take you seriously (For everyone else: people tend to not take us seriously). That’s why, when the U.S. women’s national soccer team won the World Cup this summer, I was over the moon about the amount of Continue reading
Why are filmmakers erasing girls?
Date: September 4, 2015 | Posted By: SashaFan fiction culture is unique (and not just because it’s one of the only spaces you’ll find dramatic YouTube readings of stories starring characters like “Enoby”, “Vlodemort”, and “Dumblydore”). It is also one of the few online spaces that is primarily female. This is a realm in which girls and women can mold popular culture to their Continue reading
Embrace your grey: Society’s double-standard for aging men and women
Date: September 2, 2015 | Posted By: LizDoes anyone else feel exasperated with the whole “women must cover their grey hair” message? Daily, we are fed images of grey haired men, being told they are distinguished, successful, powerful and that they are even sexy, mature “silver foxes”, yet at the same time we women are taught to be horrified at the thought Continue reading
Adventures in feminist wedding planning
Date: August 28, 2015 | Posted By: JessicaI’m getting married, and I want to share with you just some of the ways that wedding planning has highlighted pesky gender expectations and body image pressures. We always said we’d never do it. “What would it add to our relationship?” we thought. Then one night, on a romantic whim (he was gone to Italy Continue reading