Elliot Rodger & Gender Violence

This weekend, news broke of the deaths of 7 people in Isla Vista, California. One of these was thought to have killed the other 6 with 3 weapons.  It has emerged that the person who killed 4 men on his way to and 2 women in a sorority house associated with UCSB, was Elliot Rodger. AsContinue reading “Elliot Rodger & Gender Violence”

NUTS CLOSES DOWN

Lads’ mag Nuts is set to close after seeing its sales plunge by a third since being pulled from Co-operative supermarket stores. Last year thousands of us called on shops to ‘lose the lads’ mags’ – and the Co-operative’s subsequent action is testament to what’s possible when we speak out together. This is really good news.Continue reading “NUTS CLOSES DOWN”

5 minutes of violent objectification

“Turning a human being into a thing is almost always the first step toward justifying violence against that person. That step is already and constantly taken with women.” Jean Kilbourne

Did Noah even wear deodorant? Or, Lynx does it again.

My attention was brought this evening to Lynx’s ad for their Get It On For The End Of The World 2012 deodorant spray. Tapping into the Mayan prediction that 2012 will see the world’s end, the ad is set in a post-apocalyptic style world where a man roams alone (whilst the lyric “no man canContinue reading “Did Noah even wear deodorant? Or, Lynx does it again.”

Don’t Call Me Beautiful.

“You’re just so pretty, aren’t you?”…”Look at that beautiful smile!”…”Aw, what a gorgeous dress!” In the world of children (and especially girls), compliments on physical attributes are just as common as “More juice, please” (the “please” is optional) and “There’s no such thing as a Gruffalo!” Dove has reported from its global research that onlyContinue reading “Don’t Call Me Beautiful.”

Banned: Drop Dead & Oh, Lola!

As I reflect on this past week in the world of campaigning against sexualisation and unhealthy standards in the media, I am so excited about two major victories in the UK. The Advertising Standards Agency banned an ad for clothing company Drop Dead which featured a very underweight-looking model. Marc Jacobs’ perfume ad featuring 17Continue reading “Banned: Drop Dead & Oh, Lola!”