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Tracy Anderson prescribes baby food and DNA-defying workouts

Date: September 30, 2010 | Posted By: Stacey
Quit your whining and eat some baby food! Okay, okay, so that’s not exactly what celebrity trainer Tracy Anderson is telling her clientele. But it’s pretty close, according to numerous reports. Perhaps you read one of the various articles recently, claiming Tracy’s famous trainees (Madonna and Gwyneth Paltrow are just a few of the names Continue reading

Advertisers want you to eat baby carrots like junk food

Date: September 28, 2010 | Posted By: Stacey
Remember the good ol’ days when baby carrots were just wholesome snacks, packed with nutrients? Consider those days gone. That baby carrot you once knew and loved has copped an attitude. It’s roughed up its image, started hanging with a bad crowd, and I think it might have just given you the finger. Yes, that’s Continue reading

Levi’s ass-inine idea of equality

Date: September 23, 2010 | Posted By: Stacey
ASS. Got your attention, didn’t I? I’m guessing Levi’s was pretty proud of the final tagline for their new Curve ID jeans: “All asses were not created equal.” Nothing makes you do a double-take like the blatant use of “ass” in advertising, right? But I digress. The real story behind the company’s latest ad campaign Continue reading

“Elle” makes a mockery of Gabourey Sidibe’s cover girl moment

Date: September 21, 2010 | Posted By: Stacey
What do you call a top fashion magazine that features a plus-sized African American actress on its cover? Progressive? Revolutionary? If you’ve read recent Internet reports of Gabourey Sidibe’s October Elle cover, you might call it “racist,” “offensive,” or, as Salon puts it, “a weird fetishization that borders on patronizing.” Allow me to explain. In Continue reading

Katherine Schwarzenegger’s new book tells girls to rock what they’ve got

Date: September 14, 2010 | Posted By: Stacey
Celebrity spawn doing good in the world? It’s possible! Katherine Schwarzenegger (you may have heard of her dad, Arnold? Oh, and her mom, Maria Shriver.) is proving that growing up in the spotlight doesn’t necessarily lead to DUIs and diva behavior. Rather than cash in on her famous name (hi there, Paris Hilton), Katherine is Continue reading

Gallery of Winners: The Runaways Prove that Girls Rock Hard.

Date: September 2, 2010 | Posted By: Stacey
The Runaways, trailer, 2010 Questions to Consider: * What kinds of challenges do you think The Runaways faced in the 1970s? * Is the music industry more accepting of women today, or are women still expected to act a certain way? * What was unique about the band The Runaways? What We Think: In the Continue reading

Gallery of Winners: Inner Beauty Is Priceless.

Date: | Posted By: Stacey
Questions to Consider:   * What defines beauty in America? * Does exposing your body make you more or less beautiful? * What do you notice that different cultures value in terms of beauty? What We Think: The media loves to pick on Jessica Simpson, but there’s much more to the singer than her sometimes-goofy Continue reading

Gallery of Winners: Glamour goes above and beyond.

Date: | Posted By: Stacey
Questions to Consider: * How do women’s magazines typically make you feel? * In what ways does the article from Glamour differ from images in other magazines? * What kind of products do women’s magazines try to sell you? * What do you notice about the different messages of magazine articles and magazine advertising? What Continue reading

Gallery of Offenders: An Appalling (lack of) Apparel

Date: | Posted By: Stacey
Questions to Consider:   * What product is this ad selling? * Why would American Apparel use a semi-nude model to sell clothes? * Who is this ad’s intended audience? What We Think: “Oh, hi! You caught me completely by surprise as I lay here topless, staring vacantly into the camera. But while we’re here, Continue reading

Gallery of Offenders: Jillian Michaels is hazardous to your health.

Date: | Posted By: Stacey
Questions to Consider: * How are overweight people portrayed in this video? * How does Jillian’s training style make you feel about exercise? * What message does this video send about sensible weight loss? * How does the video make you feel about your own exercise habits? * What might the show be selling to Continue reading