Katy Perry for Pop Chips: Is food even about flavor anymore?
Date: October 18, 2012 | Posted By: HaileyIt 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
Barney’s + Disney = Scary-skinny makeovers
Date: September 11, 2012 | Posted By: StaceyHigh-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
What we learned from the Olympics’ coverage of female athletes
Date: September 4, 2012 | Posted By: StaceyThis 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
Axe does it again – disembodiment and sexism galore
Date: August 30, 2012 | Posted By: HaileyUnsurprisingly, 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
The Price Is Right: Equal opportunity objectifier?
Date: August 28, 2012 | Posted By: StaceyTV’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
Not-so-breaking news: Women more likely to be dismembered in our minds
Date: August 15, 2012 | Posted By: StaceyNew 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
Mommy vs. media in sexualization of girls: Where are the dads?
Date: August 9, 2012 | Posted By: StaceyAn 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
Objectification—it’s not just for women anymore!
Date: July 31, 2012 | Posted By: StaceyI’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
Swimming and camping and… Waxing? Oh my.
Date: July 17, 2012 | Posted By: StaceyWhen 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
According to the MarketFair Mall, street harassment is A-OK!
Date: July 12, 2012 | Posted By: StaceyIf you’ve ever been through the uncomfortable experience of street harassment, you’ll know that one of the most frustrating things you can hear is, “Take it as a compliment.” It’s just victim-blaming dressed up in nice clothes. Any type of women in any style of dress can be harassed on the street, so calling it Continue reading