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Why Do We Care Who Wore It Best?

Date: June 30, 2009 | Posted By:
One of the most vivid memories I have from high school was when I was shopping for prom dresses with a good friend. What started as a bonding experience quickly turned into something much more isolating. We had completely different bodies. She was tall, thin, and had no hips, and I was shorter with decent-sized Continue reading

Calvin Klein, this is NOT better.

Date: June 26, 2009 | Posted By:
As Nikki reported yesterday, Calvin Klein had posted a “sex orgy” ad in New York’s SoHo neighborhood. Was I irked? Yes, of course, but I wasn’t as concerned by the sexual content as I was by the sexualization (the using of sexual objects) of ALL of the models, not just the woman. So when they Continue reading

Calvin Klein’s Shock and Awe Campaign

Date: June 25, 2009 | Posted By:
Calvin Klein has built a fortune on controversy. From the suggestive 1980s commercial where a then-14-year-old Brooke Shields seductively looked into the camera and admitted to going commando, to the Secret Obsession fragrance ad depicting a naked, nipple-baring Eva Mendes (the ad was later banned from TV), Calvin Klein has always branded his product with Continue reading

Young, Fat, and Fabulous… or maybe not?

Date: June 19, 2009 | Posted By:
Take a look at this segment that aired on Good Morning America on June 15th. The piece is called “Young, Fat, and Fabulous,” and it seems to advocate for women to have a healthy self-image at any size, but the message may not be so clear… Did you notice the uneven general tone of this Continue reading

Latisse: A Medical Prescription to “Cure” Short Eyelashes

Date: June 17, 2009 | Posted By:
While I was watching reruns of a family-friendly sitcom the other afternoon, a commercial came on advertising longer and fuller eyelashes. Usually commercials with promises of pumping up eyelash volume are reserved for mascara. This commercial, however, was for the prescription medicine, Latisse. The commercial informs the viewer that one must consult a doctor before Continue reading

Women in Advertising: Then and Now

Date: June 12, 2009 | Posted By:
For the past few weeks, I’ve seen this link for the 15 Sexist Vintage Ads floating around cyberspace, shared among Facebook friends and highlighted on humor and culture blogs. It takes you to a web site that showcases 15 “sexist” ads from the early and mid-twentieth century. With overtly sexist tag lines like “The harder Continue reading

“America the Beautiful” came to San Francisco, and we were there.

Date: June 10, 2009 | Posted By:
Way back in August ’08, I had the pleasure of catching this little indie film, “America the Beautiful,” as it showed briefly in San Francisco. I thought to myself “If About-Face made a film, this is the film it would make.” And I sure had a lot to say about it when I walked out Continue reading

What does Dell think women look for in a computer?

Date: June 8, 2009 | Posted By:
The computer company Dell has recently come under fire for a new ad campaign aimed at women and has taken interesting actions in response. The controversial campaign, called Della, is mostly an advertising push for a range of computers that have fancy graphic designs on their lids. Continue reading

Nike Promotes Healthy Competition: Men vs. Women

Date: June 3, 2009 | Posted By:
I have always been a fan of Nike commercials. There is something behind their unisex “just do it” slogan that is energizing and empowering. Curious to what Nike has been up to lately, I decided to Google their commercials. I came across this: I was skeptical at first. Is it going to be sexist? Will Continue reading

Michelle Obama: A Political Body

Date: June 1, 2009 | Posted By:
From the moment the Obama family moved into the White House, our newest President and his wife became instant American icons. A beautiful and intelligent African-American couple, the Obamas exist under a social microscope with the media reporting on virtually every aspect of their lives. In the midst of all the Obamamania, one of the Continue reading