We hear it all the time: sex sells. And it’s true. As the art critic John Berger has suggested, advertisements are effective when they sell a fantasy: buy this product, and you will be envied by all. Women in both art and advertising are often posed for the male gaze; in other words, even if there’s a man in an ad photo, the woman is shown facing the consumer, promising to be just as attainable as the product she sells. Her body is symbolically ... Read More
Remember when Lululemon CEO Chip Wilson embarrassed himself and his company by blaming women’s bodies for defective pants? Yeah, that really did a lot for his business. So did his previous comment that birth control causes divorce. Oh, yeah, and his racist remarks about Japanese people. Friendly guy.
Well, thank goodness for Stephen Colbert. In a recent piece, the comedic genius exposes just how much of a non-apology this guy gave for his ... Read More
In response to a portrait of Cpl. Kristine Tejada featured alongside an Army magazine article, Col. Lynette Arnhart has launched complaints about the use of a conventionally attractive woman in military press materials. In what she believed to be a defense of women in the military, she wrote her peers about the issue: “Such photos undermine the rest of the message (and may even make people ask if breaking a nail is considered hazardous duty.)” ... Read More
Kanye West’s new “Bound 2” video has been criticized for featuring a nude Kim Kardashian, with whom he suggestively canoodles. To be blunt, it seems a lot like she’s just there for some eye-candy. But Flavorwire’s Lillian Ruiz would disagree, suggesting that Kanye’s portrayal of female sexuality is “unusually complex” because “there is no Madonna and no whore in this narrative.” In other ... Read More
J. Crew recently released a product for girls that has received some criticism: an apron. While boys are offered toys like “Boys’ Ridley’s Magic Tricks” or “Kid’s Color Block Notebook,” girls are not offered any toys at all. Instead, girls are offered nail polish and an apron. Redditer Miffy88 started the discussion on the product. While many children might want an apron, J. Crew discouragingly only suggests it to girls. ... Read More