In the past two days, JC Penney has come under fire for selling a shirt in the girls’ section that said “I’m too pretty to do homework so my brother has to do it for me.” Change.org put up a petition demanding that JC Penney pull the shirt from its stock and apologize, and within… Continue Reading →
Teleflora reminds men they are stereotypes, not people with feelings
Oh, Faith Hill, why would you lent your likeness to a commercial that reminds men (again) that they only like “nice racks”? [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vqDH2v5sgr8[/youtube] And what if he DID express what’s really in his heart? That wouldn’t make him very manly, would it. We love men and wish this commercial — and many others during this… Continue Reading →
Let the blogging begin: Super Bowl XLV (2011)
Welcome to one of our favorite things to do here at About-Face: blogging about Super Bowl commercials as they air. We’ll do our best to keep up with all the good, bad, and well — worse — ads this year. Then, later, this post will include links to all our Super Bowl posts for the… Continue Reading →
Gallery of Winners: The Runaways Prove that Girls Rock Hard.
The Runaways, trailer, 2010 Questions to Consider: * What kinds of challenges do you think The Runaways faced in the 1970s? * Is the music industry more accepting of women today, or are women still expected to act a certain way? * What was unique about the band The Runaways? What We Think: In the… Continue Reading →
Gallery of Winners: Inner Beauty Is Priceless.
Questions to Consider: * What defines beauty in America? * Does exposing your body make you more or less beautiful? * What do you notice that different cultures value in terms of beauty? What We Think: The media loves to pick on Jessica Simpson, but there’s much more to the singer than her sometimes-goofy… Continue Reading →
Gallery of Winners: Slaying a Jabberwocky and Other Girly Feats.
Questions to Consider: * What are some of Alice’s personality traits in this movie? * Did Alice need to be brave to be truly herself? Why? * Did it seem important that Alice was pretty or wore makeup in this movie? What We Think: Disney isn’t exactly known for its portrayals of girls that go… Continue Reading →
Gallery of Winners: Glamour goes above and beyond.
Questions to Consider: * How do women’s magazines typically make you feel? * In what ways does the article from Glamour differ from images in other magazines? * What kind of products do women’s magazines try to sell you? * What do you notice about the different messages of magazine articles and magazine advertising? What… Continue Reading →
Gallery of Winners: Kotex Tells It Like It Is.
“U by Kotex: So Obnoxious” TV commercial “U by Kotex: Reality Check” TV commercial Questions to Consider: * Is Kotex’s commentary about other tampon commercials accurate? * In what ways does this commercial raise awareness about how manipulative commercials can be? (And is this commercial an exception?) * How does Kotex want you to feel… Continue Reading →
Gallery of Winners: “America the Beautiful” exposes some ugly truths.
Produced by: Sensory Overload Productions DVD available in Fall 2009. See the film’s web site for more details. Questions to Consider: * Is America obsessed with beauty? * Do the beauty and fashion industries need to promote the thin body ideal to be successful? * What are some mixed messages that girls get about their… Continue Reading →