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Ford Model Featured

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

Date: January 7, 2013 | 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


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


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