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Sexualization

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Target’s “Everyday Collection”: sexualizing saltines and soup

Date: February 25, 2013 | Posted By: Heather
A few months ago, in my Sunday newspaper, a Target flyer arrived featuring a brunette beauty fixed with a seductive stare, cocking her head back against a box of saltines, while gripping a Campbell’s microwave soup bowl in her other hand. Unneeded sexualization anyone? I immediately removed the page from the pile of sales ads, Continue reading


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Sports Illustrated’s failed attempt to be more “accessible” to women readers

Date: February 14, 2013 | Posted By: Vera
We all know that the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit edition comes out every year, and with each year, we all groan at the images, growing more and more tired of the airbrushing and scantily clad models. It looks like Sports Illustrated has caught on to our feelings, has decided to switch things up a bit, and Continue reading


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America: obsessed with nudity (but only the lady version!)

Date: January 7, 2013 | Posted By: Hailey
The end of a year always brings with it some interesting “Top Ten” lists, ranging from best dressed to most money to least likely couple. But The Huffington Post took it to a whole new level with “The Best Nude Scenes of 2012.” Drawing on movies released throughout the past year, the Post created its list Continue reading


Ford Model Featured

Ford finds a way to deal with real woman “flaws”

Date: | Posted By: Larkin
Does it matter if a sexualized model being used to sell a product is actually real or not? That is, if she’s in fact a living, breathing human being? As someone who keeps an eye on how women are portrayed in advertisements, I don’t know how I missed the fact that Sports Illustrated and their Continue reading


Melissa Nelson Featured

This just in: Women’s clothing is responsible for the sexual crimes of men

Date: | Posted By: Tessa
From the files of “yes, sexism is alive and well,” come two stories from different sides of the globe. In Iowa, an all-male state Supreme Court has upheld a decision that a dentist firing his nurse for being “irresistibly attractive” is legal. Dr. James Knight fired his dental nurse Melissa Nelson because he was worried Continue reading


Lea Michele Featured

Lea Michele and the ethics of cleavage

Date: December 31, 2012 | Posted By: Hailey
Lea Michele, famous Glee star and fashion icon due to her recent appearances in Marie Claire and Glamour, has a lot going for her. Her incredible voice and competitive acting skills have catapulted her to the forefront of the public eye. However, in the most recent issue of Marie Claire, Michele pointed to her breasts Continue reading


Pink Loves Consent Featured

Feminist group pranks Victoria’s Secret, everyone likes the improvement

Date: December 20, 2012 | Posted By: Magdalena
What if Victoria’s Secret used their caché in a certain demographic to promote the importance of consent? It seemed to be reality this month with the web site Pink Loves Consent, set up by the Baltimore feminist group FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture. FORCE used the Victoria’s Secret logo and their trademark PINK line to showcase Continue reading


Hawkeye Featured

The Hawkeye Initiative exposes sexism in comic book art

Date: December 17, 2012 | Posted By: Magdalena
  The Hawkeye Initiative is the new trendy way to fight back against comic-book sexism. It all started when Tumblr user Hoursago re-drew a Marvel comics cover with Black Widow and Hawkeye’s positions switched. In the original, Black Widow is upside-down, her body in a contorted position and her legs in a split, whereas Hawkeye Continue reading


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More choices for women on Halloween

Date: October 30, 2012 | Posted By: About-Face Intern
Happy Halloween, everyone! Popular television/fashion icon Kim Kardashian debuted on Instagram and Twitter one of her possible Halloween costumes for this year’s many extravagant Halloween parties. In the pictures she is decked out in a tight, full-length body suit with a pair of animal ears and stiletto heels. What’s she supposed to be? She’s a Continue reading


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Katy Perry for Pop Chips: Is food even about flavor anymore?

Date: October 18, 2012 | Posted By: Hailey
It seems Pop Chips has gotten a fresh face for its new ad line. Within the past month, Katy Perry has begun to promote the all-natural potato snacks, popping up on billboards around the country. Unfortunately, as much as I’d love to endorse anything Katy Perry-related, these recent ads promote unhealthy rhetoric that perpetuates diet-obsessed Continue reading