I am thrilled to now be a regular contributor to About Face. This non-profit organization educates and equips women and girls with the tools to critically analyze media messages that are directed at them and can affect their self-esteem and body image. They offer media literacy workshops, are designing a curriculum, and have action groups that allow girls to become engaged in developing their media literacy.
Check out my first post, about Kellogg’s “Special K Challenge” and how it is a thinly veiled campaign that supports a fasting mindset contributing to disordered perceptions of what a healthy nutritious diet truly is.
There is no question that many feminists are aware of the fact that simply because a woman makes a sexist or misogynistic joke doesn’t mean it loses its gendered punch. What do you think of women who manipulate a sexist power structure instead of fighting it to try to get ahead? I discuss the advertising of Whitney Cummings’ new TV show here - tell me your thoughts.
Legal professionals: Kit Hoover, on Access Hollywood Live - my primary source of sexist commentary as of late - thinks you’re ugly. She said this to Nicolette Sheridan who confided that as a young girl she had wanted to become a lawyer. Another strong message sent by this “news” group that your looks are what determine your ideal job - and that if you’re considered attractive by the masses, taking a job that doesn’t allow them to ogle at you is a real tragedy.
To her credit, Ms. Sheridan replied, “Well, ah, I don’t really know how to respond to that.” Which is a tactful way of saying, “Good lord, one day you’re probably going to need a lawyer because you can’t filter that stream of BS”