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Sexualization

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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


Minnie Mouse, is that you?

Barney’s + Disney = Scary-skinny makeovers

Date: September 11, 2012 | Posted By: Stacey
High-end retail department behemoth Barney’s New York announced its holiday collaboration with The Walt Disney Company, wherein our beloved characters get the “runway treatment” (Read: slimmed to scary proportions). The front runners? A truly Skinny Minnie, a drastically dieted-down Daisy Duck, hipster Goofy, and more irritatingly altered versions of the iconic clan. In the short Continue reading


Sarah Robles almost couldn't afford a trip to the Olympics.

What we learned from the Olympics’ coverage of female athletes

Date: September 4, 2012 | Posted By: Stacey
This year’s Olympics in London provided some notable victories for women. It was the first Olympics where there were female athletes from all participating countries. And as always, the Olympics put strong, capable women in the spotlight. In a media landscape where female celebrities are often reported on for their fashion, hair style, or fluctuating Continue reading


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Axe does it again – disembodiment and sexism galore

Date: August 30, 2012 | Posted By: Hailey
Unsurprisingly, media critics have always had a tough time with Axe advertisements. Their overtly sexual nature and not-so-subtle caress of the male ego make it hard to believe that they’re selling body sprays and hair gels. But the commercial “Office Love,” just out on August 20th, takes Axe’s advertising to a whole new level. And Continue reading


While I'm happy to see some diversity in the mix, their sole purpose as interchangeable objects of the show remains.

The Price Is Right: Equal opportunity objectifier?

Date: August 28, 2012 | Posted By: Stacey
TV’s longest-running game show is boldly breaking sexist barriers by announcing its plan to hire its first-ever male model. That’s it. Just one. The Price Is Right has announced its plans to hold a male model search as part of a five-episode web series where contestants are judged on their verbal skills, posing proficiency, and 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


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


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