Tracy Anderson prescribes baby food and DNA-defying workouts

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

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

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

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 →

The skinny on “skinny” products

The following post was written by 16-year-old About-Face supporter Haley: I think I can speak for most girls my age when I say that my generation is an impressionable one. Knowing this, companies constantly bombard us with manipulative ads and products that make us feel worse about ourselves than we already do. Take skinny jeans,… Continue Reading →

Are TV game shows sexist?

I’m a game show junkie. I’ve devoured television game shows from the time I was little, home sick from school, until now, after dinner with my roommates. They’re quick, fun, usually educational, and appeal to my really competitive side. So it all works out nicely when I can claim victory over a Final Jeopardy answer…. Continue Reading →

Gallery of Winners: A New Line of Proactiv Women.

Questions to Consider:   * What is this ad selling? * What does it mean to not be a pushover? * What does “proactive” mean? * How does this ad make you feel? What We Think: Proactiv’s new campaign has a series of ads with different female celebrities and captions like “I’m no pushover. I’m… Continue Reading →