Alpha Nail, for a more masculine nail polish option
Date: November 19, 2012 | Posted By: MagdalenaAlpha Nail, a cosmetics company that claims it is for “Men and Fighters,” is filling the gap in the market for a male-oriented nail polish. What, you didn’t know the market needed male-oriented nail polish? Well, clearly you were mistaken, because men apparently have very specific nail polish needs that cannot be satisfied by mere normal lady polish. Continue reading
Rent the Runway: making fashion accessible without the stereotypes
Date: November 14, 2012 | Posted By: HaileyTrying to find clothes that fit can be hard — especially when most e-commerce fashion sites use very particular body types to display their outfits. If you’re not tall and thin, browsing through page after page of garment-clad models offers you no indication of how the clothes will look on you once you buy them. Rent the Continue reading
Candles: Now available for men
Date: June 12, 2012 | Posted By: StaceyAre 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
Barbie goes bald… but don’t tell the “normal” kids.
Date: April 12, 2012 | Posted By: StaceyOh, Barbie. Such a complicated relationship you have with women. More than any other doll, Barbie is considered the iconic American toy of girls in the U.S., and is most well known by her critics as not being able to stand up on her own two feet if she were a real woman. Now, she’s Continue reading
Forever 21: Let our knees be (knees)!
Date: April 5, 2012 | Posted By: StaceyDiscount fashion retailer Forever 21 is adding another item on the drop-down menu of “body parts to feel self-conscious about”: knee caps. The web site featuring their skirt-purchasing options has more than 100 items in which the models’ kneecaps are completely airbrushed out, or are cleverly obscured so only a hint of curvature is detectable. Continue reading
Skinnygirl Cocktails: Because we all want to be a skinny girl
Date: March 15, 2012 | Posted By: StaceySkinnygirl cocktails sounds like a great idea at first (to some) but I’m not buying it (figuratively and literally). The existence of these low-cal beverages, always marketed toward women, contribute to the larger cultures of reinforcing gender binaries, body shaming, and the diet industry. This type of gendered marketing is frequently based on false stereotypes that Continue reading
America: Once we start to sexualize our M&Ms, we know something’s wrong.
Date: March 13, 2012 | Posted By: StaceyMost everyone loves M&Ms. They’re delicious, colorful, melt-in-your-mouth goodness… Right? That was my opinion, until I realized just how sexist the characterization of America’s favorite candy really is. Sexism comes in all shapes and sizes. It can be as prominent as the wage gap or as subtle as the words “manmade” or “mankind.” It’s important Continue reading
Yves Saint Laurent sells hope in a jar with Forever Young Liberator
Date: February 16, 2012 | Posted By: Jennifer BergerWomen don’t really fall for the outrageous claims of beauty products… do they? You know that saying “There’s truth in humor”? Well, it’s never been more accurate than in the hilarious send-up that positions Adobe Photoshop’s technology as a fancy, Euro (“by Adobé”) beauty product. What’s so great about the spoof (as further detailed in this Continue reading
H&M heralds the dawn of the “virtual mannequin”
Date: December 20, 2011 | Posted By: Jennifer BergerBetween 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
Barbie: The Young Girls’ Ultimate Role Model?
Date: November 23, 2011 | Posted By:Especially in this day and age, every young girl should have a role model. They need someone to look up to — someone who will validate their dreams, inspire their hearts, and represent all the positive, healthy ideals life has to offer. My mother is my role model, and so when I saw this commercial Continue reading