Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Iraqi-Canadian Hip Hop Artist Music Video Addresses Media's Depictions of Arabs

The Narcicyst, an Iraqi-Canadian by way of Dubai, presents a music video which addresses the West's depiction of the Arab world and Middle East.

Arab world (Saudi Arabia) commerical for Viagra equivalent

In this commercial a veiled Muslim woman, as mother/wife, tends to children as her veiled husband returns home from work and asks if the children have finished their homework. She responds with a yes they have and tells him it is now time for him to do his homework then the commercial says take Snafi so you can fulfill your homework. Juxtaposing this advertisement against U.S. media for similar products much can be inferred of the cultural context and even more when joined with this week's readings regarding media's representation of Muslim men and women throughout the Middle East. Unlike the U.S. media's representation of Muslim, veiled women being oppressed, hidden in harems and kept strictly as sex slaves to the males this Saudi advertisement shows a woman in control of her sexuality - making demands directly to her husband as opposed to being the passive subject to the man's whim and control as a sex slave. The ad offers a product to assist the tired from work at end of day man to meet the needs and demands of his wife as opposed to meet the demands of a man's lack of confidence in himself to be resolved through sexual activity and domination, such as is often seen in U.S. media.

What are you going to be for Halloween?

This is an ad campaign launching in Ohio by students fed up with stereotypical ethnic halloween costumes.

"We are a culture not a costume" reads the print as a young girl holds up the costume bag for a 'Geisha Costume'

But costumes are just fun, I think. Or are they subversive expressions of hiearchies that exist in our society? Can someone mean will when they dress this way. Personally, one halloween, I wore a hat I got in Chinatown, and gave everyone fortune cookies as a halloween gift. I don't know if I would have worn that costume if I had seen this ad campaign and the message it brings up.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Be Born You

Hey all!

So I snapped a photo of this ad a few weeks ago while at the train station, and forgot to post it!

The interesting part is not the Ad itself, but the edits made by others. If you can't see, someone had written in "BE BORN WHITE," then another person crossed out "WHITE" and replaced it with "YOU."

It raises the question we've discussed before, do you think race can affect the way you are looked at in society, and even possibly the types of jobs you get or how successful you are?

Saturday, October 22, 2011

I found this illustration online and it looked a similar to image 1 from the Nancy W. Jabbra piece.

Who is being insulted in this illustration ?

FYI - This is a trick question.

Friday, October 21, 2011

I Send Mixed Messages

As I was standing outside of Hunter, I spotted this ad on the side of a M103 bus:

(The bus was in motion so I couldn't take a picture of the ad, but this is the same ad as a billboard in LA.)

In the ad, Svedka is selling their vodka by using their well-known Fembot. This ad features her lying down, back arched and buxom chest out, with the words "I send mixed messages" above her.

Do you think this ad can be viewed as a play on the idea of a mixed drink, i.e. a cranberry vodka, or is t using Fembot's sex appeal to sell their product? Why would an alcohol company create a mascot like Fembot?


There has been some online debate about this ad and if it is helping to progress the gender norms or reinstating that deviating from the norms is just "weird". My question for you is, who do you think the intended audience is for this commercial? Be as specific as possible.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

:( ✡ ✝ ♂ ♀...

This is an article I found on Gothamist (a NY news blog) about a bus in Brooklyn that is privately owned but publicly operated and it discriminates against women due to the religious community it caters to:

Religion is an interesting topic when it comes to the treatment of women. I was raised in a Jewish household. Growing up, I was always pretty disturbed when my mother would drag me to synagogue over the weekend or for a holiday. Women in the temple were basically instructed to idolize the men and were not even allowed to share the same prayer room. And this was a conservative Jewish setting, I'm sure it's way worse in a Hasidic (the extreme Orthodox) Jewish prayer setting.

To my knowledge, most or all religions discriminate against women. Do you think there's a way to approach the topic of feminism with religious groups without imposing on their rights to lead a religious lifestyle? How can religions move forward with equality among men and women if the texts that determine these religious lifestyles (bible, torah, Quran) cast women as insignificant characters alongside men playing superior lead roles?

Look how cool my title for this post is...

In lieu of our conversation tonight

My cousin and I saw this ad for a women's shoes and accessories store in a mall in Singapore.
It doesn't have an image attached to it, but this statement was so bold and so literally black and white without any other distractions that I was instantly appalled.
The thing that really struck a chord with me is the fact that it has quotations around it-- so it makes you believe a real woman said this--a really superficial and seemingly incoherent woman.

How do you all feel about this? What type of woman comes to mind when you see this?

Miss Representation: Coming to OWN

Oprah's cable channel is to premiere this documentary tomorrow:

I saw it advertised on facebook and this reading's very own Margaret Cho is an interviewee

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Teach your son....

Found these pictures of billboard ads online from the Family Violence Prevention Fund.

Can we chang the image of women in the media by changing the way we raise boys ?

Monday, October 17, 2011


Found this link posted by a couple different blogs I follow:

Thought it was funny/interesting/annoying. What do you guys think of this? Does it make Occupy Wall Street more/less inviting for women/men/both? Does it effect the image of the protestors (positively/negatively) in general to have a site like this on the web?

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Jill Abramson Named Executive Editor at The New York Times

Jill Abramson Named Executive Editor at The New York Times

Published: June 2, 2011

Hi All

In our class text we read that women look at and report the news differently.

Now that the New York Times has a women Executive Editor how do will you think will change at the Times?

and how will effect media,news,hiring,etc ?

I am Pharmacist

Hi All

I saw this Commercial for target on tv and thought it might make a interesting post for the class blog.

What do you think Target is saying in this ad ?

I am Pharmacist


Looks like Virginia is not a actress but a real person working at Target.

Why Virginia Loves Her Job

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Thursday, October 13, 2011

The Bechtel Test

This clip explains the Bechtel test: a simple way to test for sexism in movies.

Question: Do you think this is a fair way to test for sexism?

Wednesday, October 12, 2011


Dan posted a link for this video that I have embedded here.
In the future, Dan, please create a context for your post. Explain why you posted it and ask a question of the class to illicit a response from them.

Here is a post from that discusses this ad...

23 Flavors...

Monday, October 10, 2011

Not For Women

Sunday, October 9, 2011

What if?

What if beauty pageants weren't televised? What if television, movies and advertisements didn't show us what "beauty" is supposed to be? Would Toddler & Tiaras still exist?