Advertising and porn: Why can’t we tell the difference?
Date: February 25, 2015 | Posted By: TaraWhat is porn, anyway? Is this porn? Is this? How about this? How do you know? It’s been said that porn is hard to define, but “you know it when you see it.” So what do we see when we see porn? Documentary filmmaker Rashida Jones Continue reading
Why my potato chips are healthier than the diet mentality
Date: February 20, 2015 | Posted By: CarinaSaturday afternoon: another Netflix marathon, full relaxation mode… Until the TV screen is taken over by a pile of steaming, fluffy French toast, seductively dripping with sticky, golden maple syrup. “Yum,” I think. All of a sudden, the breakfast of dreams is destroyed as a towering box of Special K lands smack on top of Continue reading
Am I allowed to like Valentine’s Day?
Date: February 13, 2015 | Posted By: Kaity GeeA dilemma: I’m a feminist. Am I allowed to like the “patriarchal nonsense” that is Valentine’s Day? The answer: I sure as hell am, if I want to. Valentine’s Day is one of my favorite holidays — I show loved ones that I care, and it’s not for a holiday or because society dictates that Continue reading
Cause for celebration? Sports Illustrated discovers plus-size women
Date: February 11, 2015 | Posted By: Jennifer BergerYesterday, About-Face’s executive director, Jennifer Berger, was published in the San Francisco Chronicle with an op-ed (that is, “opinion editorial”) about the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue. In it, Jennifer praises Sports Illustrated for running the images of the larger models, but also states: On the other hand, the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue is really just Continue reading
Great Super Bowl for women and girls, right? Wrong.
Date: February 2, 2015 | Posted By: Jennifer BergerAfter so many years of incredibly degrading, sexist, and sexualized ads, the ways women were represented in this year’s Super Bowl commercials, overall, were much less problematic and insulting. It sure seems like advertisers have been listening to what gender equity activists have been saying for many years. So this is great. Sexism in the Super Continue reading
Lesbians are girls, too: Why no one’s immune to media
Date: January 14, 2015 | Posted By: TaraI have a superpower. I am immune to the power of media. Yes, you heard me correctly. Bring on your Victoria’s Secret Fashion Shows and Hardee’s ads and watch their influence fall harmlessly away from me. For as a lesbian, I “do not care about the standards of beauty created for me by society.” Wait…what? Continue reading
Now you can change your eye color!
Date: November 14, 2014 | Posted By: KingaFlipping through a high-fashion magazine (in my case the ever so glamorous Glamour), with a little bit of a media literacy lens, you automatically expect to see images of unrealistic looking women with unattainably smooth, flawless skin, silky, bouncy hair, and an absolutely “perfect body”. (I say that in quotation marks because there are millions Continue reading
I’d like to award The Body Shop with Most Misleading Advertisement of the Year
Date: November 7, 2014 | Posted By: CaitlinThe poster features a young woman unapologetically holding a protest sign that demands, “DON’T RETOUCH ME.” At first glance, The Body Shop appears to solely be promoting its no-retouch policy and proclaimed opposition to unrealistic standards of beauty. Upon closer investigation, The Body Shop is actually reeling its audience in with a progressive message, only Continue reading
To Rashida Jones: Here I am! One man’s perspective on the “Pornification of Everything”
Date: November 4, 2014 | Posted By: JonathanAt the close of 2013, actress Rashida Jones wrote an article for Glamour magazine entitled “Why is Everyone Getting Naked? Rashida Jones on the Pornification of Everything”, in which she discusses pop stars and the trend of exposing as much of their bodies as possible. She talks about how, while she grew up with a healthy Continue reading
Free The Nipple does more for women’s bodies than any push-up ever could
Date: October 22, 2014 | Posted By: SiriA half-moon shaped incision was made and my nipple was flipped open. Then a slice of my breast was cut out, containing a tumor. It had to happen. The tumor was uncomfortable, at times painful, and without taking the whole thing out and analyzing it, cancer couldn’t completely be ruled out. I still think it’s Continue reading