When God was handing out common sense, she skipped over me entirely (but gave me a little extra junk in the trunk to compensate!). I’ve been buying gifts for my nieces all year; I bought my mom’s Christmas present months ago; and two weekends ago I hit up Bloomie’s to buy a little something-something for my dude. Alas, that sound you hear is my debit card whimpering. Sorry, little guy. Keep reading »
It’s a sad but true fact that in some parts of the world, especially China, baby boys are favored over baby girls. In fact, boys are so strongly favored in some rural areas of China that girls are aborted after their gender is known and as a result there’s a drastic imbalance in the population.
But even in countries where baby girls are brought into the nursery, parents can have a hard time when they learn they’re decorating it pink instead of blue. This has a lot to do with existing sexist prejudices that adversely impact females in society — like lack of access to education and employment — that privilege males and incentivize parents to have boys.
So the magazine Fast Company thought up something completely innovative: it asked a half dozen ad agencies to rebrand girls with mock advertisements. Oh, if sexism were only as simple as bad advertising! The agencies primarily focused on targeting parents — er, consumers — in the U.S. and China and several opted to highlight perceived reasons that girls are better than boys, rather than just appreciating girls for their own sakes. For that reason I’m not sure I like all of these, although all the mock ads are certainly creative.
Take a click through and tell me in the comments what you think! [Fast Company]
“I think it’s funny that so many people are now dressing and acting like these guys [on "Mad Men"], who, in my opinion, are kind of scumbags. These guys who are selling advertising and telling you what to buy and telling you how to consume s**t. To me that’s the downfall of a lot of what’s going on in our world. Their position in life and what they represent is kind of scummy, and now all of a sudden it’s cool?”
— Vincent Kartheiser of ”Mad Men” proves he has a Pete Campbell-esque propensity for putting his foot in his mouth. Sorry, Madison Avenue! He kind of has a point, though, about fan worship of the show. I’ve long thought that women who’ve said they wished men were more like Don Draper were momentarily stupefied by his beautiful face. The reality is that most of the guys on “Mad Men” are total asshats (even if they look good in a hat). [Click Liverpool] Keep reading »
“The way I view feminism — and I know there are a lot of different things going on — but, at its purest form, to me, it’s a very positive, supportive, nurturing, empowerment thing. I mean, God, who isn’t a feminist? If you don’t think women are as good as men, you’re not a good person. I like to think that most of the population of people worth being friends with are feminists, if that’s what feminism means.”
— Kat Dennings of “Two Broke Girls” might have the best quote about feminism that I’ve ever read. You tell ‘em, girl. [Bust Magazine]