Google, we have a problem

While putting together a PowerPoint for a presentation I recently did at a Conference for Girls and Young Women, I visited Google to search for some images of girls with their friends to help illustrate my points about friendship, bullying, and body image. Imagine my surprise when doing an image search for “girls” on Google showed… Continue Reading →

Women’s talents: alas, shrugged

I was pleased to learn that the topic this week in my male-dominated political discussion group would be Ayn Rand. If you don’t know, Ayn Rand is a famed female philosopher and author of the novel, Atlas Shrugged. She was no feminist—some would say she was the opposite—but she was strong in her principles, a… Continue Reading →

In the world of men’s magazine publishing, does honesty count?

Let’s face it: We live in a world where women are objectified left, right, and center. The focal point of this objectification is magazines — those made for both men and women. But that objectification usually runs under the surface, insidiously pointing out our flaws by showing women who are impossibly flawless. Until now. Speaking… Continue Reading →

Katy Perry for Pop Chips: Is food even about flavor anymore?

It seems Pop Chips has gotten a fresh face for its new ad line. Within the past month, Katy Perry has begun to promote the all-natural potato snacks, popping up on billboards around the country. Unfortunately, as much as I’d love to endorse anything Katy Perry-related, these recent ads promote unhealthy rhetoric that perpetuates diet-obsessed… Continue Reading →

When did nude become news?

Kate Middleton’s breasts got suddenly famous, and the uproar ensued. As you know by now, on September 14, the French magazine Closer printed photographs of Kate Middleton sunbathing topless on a vacation with Prince William — without Kate’s knowledge or approval. Consumers of gossip mags know that this is hardly unusual. We fawn over pictures… Continue Reading →

What we learned from the Olympics’ coverage of female athletes

This year’s Olympics in London provided some notable victories for women. It was the first Olympics where there were female athletes from all participating countries. And as always, the Olympics put strong, capable women in the spotlight. In a media landscape where female celebrities are often reported on for their fashion, hair style, or fluctuating… Continue Reading →

Axe does it again – disembodiment and sexism galore

Unsurprisingly, media critics have always had a tough time with Axe advertisements. Their overtly sexual nature and not-so-subtle caress of the male ego make it hard to believe that they’re selling body sprays and hair gels. But the commercial “Office Love,” just out on August 20th, takes Axe’s advertising to a whole new level. And… Continue Reading →

The Price Is Right: Equal opportunity objectifier?

TV’s longest-running game show is boldly breaking sexist barriers by announcing its plan to hire its first-ever male model. That’s it. Just one. The Price Is Right has announced its plans to hold a male model search as part of a five-episode web series where contestants are judged on their verbal skills, posing proficiency, and… Continue Reading →