Posts Tagged Consumerism

An immature aside on “Fling”


A couple of people have already made astute feminist analyses of the gross new chocolate bar, Fling, but I just had to comment on this:

Wrapped in a shiny pink and sliver package, this delicate “chocolate finger” is intended for women. The word “finger” is an industry term for a long, slim confection, Mars spokesman Ryan Bowling says, but with ads that invite you to “Pleasure yourself” in pink lettering, consumers might come to other conclusions.

Ewww.
PS. The candy bar sparkles. For serious.


A couple of people have already made astute feminist analyses of the gross new chocolate bar, Fling, but I just had to comment on this:

Wrapped in a shiny pink and sliver package, ...

Mattress ad depicting home birth makes me joyful

You know, it’s not often that a commercial makes me all warm and fuzzy inside. The tagline: “Tu cama. El lugar mas importante del mundo.” (“Your bed. The most important place in the world.”)
Read a translation and transcript here.
Via Radical Doula and Birth Activist.

You know, it’s not often that a commercial makes me all warm and fuzzy inside. The tagline: “Tu cama. El lugar mas importante del mundo.” (“Your bed. The most important place in the world.”)
Read a ...

It’s the newest product you don’t need, and will make you feel bad about yourself.

The due date is quickly approaching…..
Everyone is eagerly waiting to see the new addition to the family. The pictures that are taken will be in the albums forever…..
but wait, who is that unrecognizable monster in a hospital gown?
NOT YOU!
Finally there is A Dressed Up Delivery!
We at Pretty Pushers believe that you deserve to look your best when you work your hardest. The enclosed five items are sure to keep you feeling fabulous until the job is done!

I’m sure you’re dying to know what these five magical items are. 1) Pink lip gloss and a mirror 2) A “delivery dress” 3) A headband 4) A lemon-water towelette 5) Heated massage oil
As a doula ...

The due date is quickly approaching…..
Everyone is eagerly waiting to see the new addition to the family. The pictures that are taken will be in the albums forever…..
but wait, who is that unrecognizable monster in ...

America’s Next Top Model’s fetishizing take on “purity”


For more pics, check out Women’s Glib.
America’s Next Top Model doesn’t have the best track record when it comes to sexism and photo shoots, so I guess this shouldn’t shock me. The show had the models dress up like little girls as a way to promote…purity?

This issue is really important to me, the issue of teen girls and being what I call ‘out of control.’ I did a survey on my talk-show website, and I found that one in five girls that are teens that we surveyed actually want to be a teen mom. Purity and innocence is something that’s being lost and as you Top Models are doing this photo shoot, you ...


For more pics, check out Women’s Glib.
America’s Next Top Model doesn’t have the best track record when it comes to sexism and photo shoots, so I guess this shouldn’t shock me. ...

Adventures in Feminist Wedding Planning


As many of you already know, I’m getting hitched. Deciding to get married brought up a lot of issues for me – politically and personally. Folks had a bunch of questions in comments, so I thought I would use these as a jumping off point to talk about issues of feminism, marriage, and – the current bane of my existence – weddings.
Hara says, “I hope that if you are considering changing your name it is one you both create for the two of you to change to (like a combo, but shorter) otherwise, I suggest not making your name change to his last name.”
I’m keeping my last name. I think hyphenation ...


As many of you already know, I’m getting hitched. Deciding to get married brought up a lot of issues for me – politically and personally. Folks had a bunch of questions in ...

Retro Sexism: Laundry will set you free!

This would be funny if not for this: The Vatican agrees with our 50s commercial heroines; their newspaper says that the washing machine did more to liberate modern women than birth control or the “right” to work outside the home. Yeah.
Equal Writes has more.
Thanks to Natalie for the video!

This would be funny if not for this: The Vatican agrees with our 50s commercial heroines; their newspaper says that the washing machine did more to liberate modern women than birth control or the ...

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