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VisitPhilly city campaign sanctions street harassment

Date: May 31, 2012 | Posted By: Stacey
As a city girl and proud former Philadelphian, I was deeply disturbed to learn that the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation’s (GPTMC) latest campaign includes citywide billboards that outwardly encourage street harassment. Unsolicited commentary in public spaces has always sparked a special brand of rage in me. Long before I identified as a feminist, I Continue reading

Could the tide be turning?

Date: May 30, 2012 | Posted By: Stacey
I’ve been a feminist since I was a teen (remind me to tell you the story of how I yelled, “My parents paid the same amount of money as yours did, giving me just as much right to be here as you. Only difference is I’ll probably get better grades than you!” to the 7th Continue reading

Fat shaming: The judgment’s in the jargon

Date: May 24, 2012 | Posted By: Stacey
Fat-shaming, like sexism, takes many different forms. Rarely do we hear blatant declarations that “fat people are ugly/lazy/etc.” With the dialogue of “health” currently trending in pop culture, it becomes easier for advertisers, writers, and producers to integrate the language of fat shaming into their finished products under the guise of appropriate diet and fitness. Continue reading

How can we stop playing the comparison game?

Date: May 22, 2012 | Posted By: Stacey
Last week, a cover appeared on Time magazine that rocked the parenting world, the body image blogosphere, and my Facebook feed (I am a breastfeeding mother with many parents in my social circle). The cover featured a mother breastfeeding her three-year-old son next to the provocative caption “Are you mom enough?” Inspiring responses abounded—my favorite, by Continue reading

Tequila 1800 will make you a man!

Date: May 17, 2012 | Posted By: Stacey
Did you know that alcohol has a gender? Well, in case any of the other examples written by myself and other fellow About-Face writers hadn’t convinced you, 1800 Tequila is here to really drive that message home. In a series of ads meant to emphasize the supposed purity of this brand, two specifically stand out Continue reading

Lush cosmetics anti-animal testing campaign demonstrated on women

Date: | Posted By: Stacey
Note: This blog originally claimed that PETA was partnered with Lush in this campaign. This information is false and we deeply regret the mistake, and sincerely apologize for the error. If it looks like violence against women and it smells like violence against women, is it violence against women? Nope. It could be the anti-animal Continue reading

Facial recognition ad targets women to raise awareness

Date: May 10, 2012 | Posted By: Stacey
A new facial recognition powered ad has been installed at a billboard bus stop in London as part of an innovative advertising initiative. The best part? It’s for an amazing cause! Plan UK, a non-profit that brings educational opportunities to children in developing countries, has decided to invest their advertising dollars in facial recognition technology Continue reading

Glamour poll finds thin women stereotyped as mean, heavy women as lazy

Date: May 8, 2012 | Posted By: Stacey
Glamour magazine conducted an exclusive survey in which they asked more than 1,800 women, ages 18 to 40, to imagine an “overweight” woman and a “thin” woman. They were told to imagine that they know nothing about either of the women, and to choose from pairs of words to describe them (such as ambitious or Continue reading

Body judgments begin… almost at birth!

Date: May 3, 2012 | Posted By: Stacey
One of the reasons I went to graduate school was because I wanted to gain a better understanding of why women and girls develop disordered eating behaviors, what makes them worse, and most importantly, how to prevent them. And more and more research is telling us what many of the media experts at About-Face and Continue reading

A pop culture paradox: Hunger Games’ Katniss Everdeen as a Barbie

Date: May 1, 2012 | Posted By: Stacey
BarbieCollector.com has announced the arrival of the Hunger Games Katniss Everdeen clone, but replicating the character as a Barbie doll feels at odds with the very essence of the character’s power. Joining the ever-growing pop culture collection, the Katniss emulation is sold alongside other blockbuster-inspired dolls: classic favorites like the belly-baring I Dream of Jeannie doll, royalty Continue reading