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Better Than Me: Women’s Groups Support Michele Bachmann Over Newsweek Cover

10 Aug

I think women deserve a ton more credit than they are currently getting. I know that in a similar situation I’d never react the same way many of them have over the recent Newsweek cover which depicted Michele Bachmann in a rather sexist way.

First, was the cover actually sexist? I think the Newsweek staff wanted to picture Michele Bachmann in the least flattering way possible. I think they wanted to make her look stupid. The picture, coupled with the “Queen of Rage” caption, successfully made Bachmann look like a crazy. Would a man be treated the same way? By Newsweek maybe, but that’s because they suck. Does that mean it’s not sexist? No, it’s still sexist because it seeks to demote the only women in the race for president based on appearance only. The media did it to Hillary Clinton too and she’s not the only one. But seriously, defending Bachmann?

Bachmann is anti-choice. She thinks that all women should be subservient to men, and asks for her husband’s permission to do basically everything (AND expects all women to act the exact same way).  So what’s to defend? Here’s where I give women’s orgs some serious credit. Continue reading

Is Mad Men Making It Acceptable to Throw Sexism Back in Movies and Television?

9 Jun
Mad Men X MenIs Mad Men’s popularity sending the wrong signal to Hollywood?

Last night I watched X-Men: First Class, this summer’s action packed superhero movie that’s head and shoulders above the rest. But not everyone was so pleased. @ladyeclectic said on Twitter:

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I found all that blatant sexism really irksome too. From casual sexist comments to the fact that every major female character somehow ended up in her underwear at some point in the movie, the show definitely inserts some sexist cues.  Continue reading

Doritos bring your pepaw back to life, and other thoughts on Super Bowl ads

7 Feb

Today, water cooler chatter in offices around the country started off the same way for most people, “So how about that game last night?” followed by “Did you see that commercial? You know, that one!”

Now that the “World Champions” of football have been determined, (don’t even get me started on why they are called “World” champions when only teams from the U.S. compete) the focus is on which commercials finished first with viewers.

USA Today released its 23rd annual Super Bowl Ad Meter, ranking the top 61 commercials based on viewer responses.  This year, there was a tie for first place. Bud Light and Doritos scored highest with the viewers, featuring dogs behaving like humans. The commercials that scored the lowest ratings were most of the rather sexist ads (Pepsi Max being a disappointing exception). GoDaddy.com received the second lowest ratings (behind Hyundai) and failed to draw viewers to their site with implied nudism. In this case, sex didn’t sell, even with the trifecta of Jillian Michaels, Danica Patrick and Joan Rivers. Kim Kardashian’s sexy Skechers ad also failed to impress viewers, coming in at 48 on the list. Not only are Skechers some fugly shoes, but who isn’t tired of Kim Kardashian’s ass showing up everywhere? On behalf of half the country, we thank you, viewers, for being awesome.

Moving on — Stella Artois attempted to appeal to women by featuring Adrien Brody serenading a glass of Stella. I guess viewers don’t want to watch women crying over a man for a minute, because the ad came in at 57 on the list, right behind the tasteless GoDaddy ads.

Recent trends have been calling out traditional gender stereotypes, like this Chevy Camaro ad that (maybe?) critiques the advertising industry. Of course, as some companies move forward to break down traditional gender roles, others like Pepsi Co. continue to enforce gender roles.

On an unrelated note, this lady only enjoyed the Super Bowl because it marked the END of football season and the beginning of baseball season (Go Phils!).

In case you didn’t get your fill of ads, check out this hilarious blog featuring commercials featuring bad ass animals.

This post is brought to you by Laura.

Scrubbing Bubbles Says: All women are cleaning ladies

21 Jan

I love to clean. And I know you do too. We are busy cleaning biddies.

What’s that? You don’t like to clean? You little liar! Almost every lady is a cleaning lady, according to USA Today.

The paper recently published a survey showing that ladies love to clean, no matter if they are barely legal or members of AARP. Oh, and this is courtesy of Scrubbing Bubbles, not USA Today. You know, Scrubbing Bubbles as in the cleaning products.

Again, please remember this is completely objective. And not at all sexist. At all.

Happy cleaning. With Scrubbing Bubbles.

This post is brought to you by Rachel. Hat tip to Kelsey.

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