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
Would you really want to keep up with Kylie Jenner?
Date: October 14, 2015 | Posted By: CaitlinLast week on Cosmopolitan.com, assistant fashion and beauty editor Brooke Shunatona published an article in which she chronicled living like Kylie Jenner for a week (because who else would a successful, apparently functional adult want to live like?). After a week dealing with extraordinarily long nails, walking in extraordinarily high heels, and wearing an extraordinarily painful waist trainer that resembles Continue reading
Nicki Minaj: so much more than her body
Date: October 7, 2015 | Posted By: Kaity GeeNicki Minaj’s body is (regrettably) the media’s sole focus whenever she’s in the spotlight, but an ABC family sitcom based on her family’s immigration from Trinidad in the early 1990s is about to change all of that. Young Nicki, written by Kate Angelo and produced by Minaj herself, will focus on Minaj’s life growing up in Queens, New York, Continue reading
The day I fell in love with Amy Schumer
Date: September 30, 2015 | Posted By: JessicaThe day I fell in love with Amy Schumer, I was preparing my Intro to Psychology lecture about gender. I was searching YouTube for clever clips that I could use, when I came across a video called “Inside Amy Schumer – Last F**kable Day”. The main character, Amy Schumer, comes across her “heroes” — Julia Louis-Dreyfus, 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
Why women athletes deserve your support
Date: September 11, 2015 | Posted By: Caitlin WireIf you’re a female athlete like me, you know the drill when it comes to wanting people to take you seriously (For everyone else: people tend to not take us seriously). That’s why, when the U.S. women’s national soccer team won the World Cup this summer, I was over the moon about the amount of 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
Does #ThighReading help or hurt body-positivity?
Date: August 26, 2015 | Posted By: Haley BThanks to the advent of social media, we live in a culture where it’s easier than ever to share parts of our lives with others. That’s great news for the body-positive movement, which has started using the Twitter hashtag #ThighReading as a way to celebrate realistic, unaltered depictions of women’s bodies. This trend began after a Twitter user Continue reading
The false empowerment of naked dresses
Date: August 12, 2015 | Posted By: CaitlinIn May 2015, I wrote a blog for About-Face about Taylor Swift’s recently-released video for “Bad Blood.” In the post, I argued that the scantily clad women in the video were “devalued from being strong warriors to being traditionally sexy females with bodies that exist to be objectified.” I posted it to my personal social media pages, and Continue reading