Tag Archives: visible rhetoric

Killing Us Softly 4

“At the same time that we allow our children to be sexualized, we refuse to educate them about sex.”

Jean Kilbourne is smart, articulate, and persuasive. What a great example of feminist apparency!

Oh, the irony

I recently taught a course on Women, Gender and Society. As part of my prep for that class, I did some research on the ways mass media images are digitally altered. I found great resources, including some excellent videos like this one:

And I also found, you know, other stuff. Like the pop-up ad on the bottom of this video (this is a screenshot image). We have a ways to go.

Screen capture of misplaced advertisement

Screen capture of misplaced advertisement


Re-branding Merida

When Disney came out with the movie Brave, I loved it. That’s probably not surprising. I identify with the heroine, Merida, on the levels of appearance and heritage, for one thing. But, more importantly, writer Brenda Chapman is from my home county of just 30,000 people. And, even better, this is one of only a few “fairy tales” I’ve ever witnessed where the heroine’s ultimate happy ending does NOT come in the form of a guy.

And then THIS happened.


This image showing the sexualization of Merida is borrowed from Monika Bartyzel’s story in The Week, which is linked below.

I liked her so much better when she was spunky, independent, and NOT oozing sex appeal.

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Paying (critical) attention to advertising

Just some food for thought for today.

Arkansas abortion law

The following is pulled directly from a breaking New York Times story. Notice that ultrasound–a medical digital imaging process that pro-lifers often try to frame as objective–features prominently in the lede. 

“Arkansas adopted what is by far the country’s most restrictive ban on abortion on Wednesday — at 12 weeks of pregnancy, when a fetal heartbeat can typically be detected by abdominal ultrasound.

The law, the sharpest challenge yet to Roe v. Wade, was passed by the newly Republican-controlled legislature over the veto of Gov. Mike Beebe, a Democrat, who called it “blatantly unconstitutional.” The State Senate voted Tuesday to override his veto and the House followed suit on Wednesday, with several Democrats joining the Republican majority.

The law contradicts the limit established by Supreme Court decisions, which give women a right to an abortion until the fetus is viable outside the womb, usually around 24 weeks into pregnancy, and abortion rights groups promised a quick lawsuit to block it.”

Read the whole story.