About-Face activists raise awareness in San Francisco around Calvin Klein ad
Date: December 9, 2016 | Posted By: Colleen SparksOn Wednesday, November 30, About-Face interns Kianna and Colleen took to Market St. in downtown San Francisco to protest a disturbing and sexually predatory Calvin Klein ad. At the center of the action was a blown-up poster of the ad which shows an up-skirt shot of a young-looking model with text that reads, “I Continue reading
Vote now for the gallery’s biggest offender and winner!
Date: October 11, 2016 | Posted By: Colleen SparksNow in our Gallery of Offenders and Gallery of Winners, the best and worst of media from the last year are on display, and it’s time to vote for your favorite and most-hated media! While our Gallery of Winners takes a big step forward for female representation and expanding what “sexy” looks like, our Gallery Continue reading
“How the hell would that fit me?” and other body thoughts from a retail stylist
Date: October 28, 2015 | Posted By: Ali WireContrary to the belief of the fashion industry, the average American woman is not 5’11” with measurements that befit starving children. However, the mannequins used to display the clothes they are attempting to sell still have those proportions. I look up at them every day, styled so carefully and tastefully, extra-small shorts trying to grasp Continue reading
The “Good Old Kiwi Bloke” — do you recognize him in your country?
Date: October 23, 2015 | Posted By: LizHere in New Zealand we are still *sigh* perpetuating the old, irritating double standard in advertising, and it’s tiring beyond belief. We continue to have a culture where we champion the “typical Kiwi Bloke”, who is “every man” and his mates, affectionately championed for his ordinariness and always welcomed into the brotherhood. Men in NZ Continue reading
Gender neutrality needs some skirts
Date: October 9, 2015 | Posted By: SashaEllen Degeneres has a new line of girls’ clothes at Gap Kids, and it looks pretty great, but “gender neutral” it’s not. The Gap Kids website says that they are “dedicated to supporting girls just as they are, whether they skateboard or dance, wear dresses or jeans.” The clothes feature slogans like “Be your own Continue reading
Does sex really sell?
Date: September 23, 2015 | Posted By: AlessandraToday, more than ever, sex is rampant in marketing, bolstered by the notion that “Sex Sells”, but a new study reveals that this may not in fact be the case. Since the beginning of modern advertising, sexual themes and imagery have been used to sell products. Some of the earliest sexual ads were created by tobacco companies in the late 1800s. Continue reading
A sorority girl’s take on the Alpha Phi recruitment video
Date: September 10, 2015 | Posted By: CaitlinIf you follow women in the media— and, honestly, even if you don’t — you’ve probably seen the recruitment video members of Alpha Phi at the University of Alabama released in August 2015. The video, which quickly went viral and was taken down due to backlash, featured dozens of Barbie-esque women gallivanting through their campus, promising the viewers they, too, Continue reading
Fitbits and weight-loss apps: Healthy or obsessive?
Date: August 19, 2015 | Posted By: AlessandraIn my day-to-day life, I’ve noticed a peculiar bracelet cropping up (the latest in a never-ending steam of weight-loss gadgets). This bracelet has the strange effect of making the wearer walk around a room in circles for minutes on end. “What is this sorcery?” You ask? It is known as a “fitness tracker”, sold by leading Continue reading
You’re allowed to get married if you’re fat
Date: August 14, 2015 | Posted By: SashaBeing in my late 20s, I’ve spent a lot of time in the last few years going to weddings, including the weddings of a lot of my closest friends. I’ve watched as they stressed out about their extended families and worried about what music to play; I’ve talked with them as they picked dresses and Continue reading
Date: July 29, 2015 | Posted By: LizWhy, in this day and age, are we bombarded on a daily basis with advertisements for anti-aging products aimed almost exclusively at women? We are constantly pressured to: Look young. “Wow! It’s great that you’re 47, but only because you look 25 and you’re a stunning, hot model.” Be obsessed with anti-aging. Oh, apparently having young-looking skin and a Continue reading