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GSWS G&S Fall 2012

Cindy Gallop: Make love, not porn (Adult content)

I found Cindy Gallop’s unapologetic declaration of “ I date younger men and I have sex with younger men” (Gallop) completely refreshing. But when she continued with the statement on how she “encounters the ramifications of the creeping ubiquity of … Continue reading

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Jennifer Livingston Fights Weight Criticism-REPOST OF OCT 3, 2012 SPARK POST

Did HE really just call HER fat? Combing through the morning news, I came across this video of a La Crosse, Wisconsin news anchor named Jennifer Livingston. Jennifer received an email by a local unidentified man, making comments on her … Continue reading

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What is Privilege?

I found Sheila Jeffrey’s article, Keeping Women Down and Out, disturbing for it’s content and knowing the truth in it. I was an employee at Morgan Stanley for nearly 14 years. I saw firsthand how strippers enter the workplace and … Continue reading

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For What are We Responsible? How about my uterus and ovaries, thank you.

This week’s viewing of “The Business of Being Born” and our reading, “The Sexual Politics of Sickness” forced me to realize that the overall responsibility of a woman’s relationship with her body began to deteriorate when the male dominated medical … Continue reading

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PETA’s Banned Super Bowl Ad

First you hear the guitar riffs. Then you see the backs of traditional feminine women entering candle lit rooms, scantly clad, seductively rubbing vegetables on their bodies. This is how People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) chose to promote that “Vegetarians Have Better Sex.” Showing women as the object of male desire is typical of the “3B’s”: ball, beer and babes. I would expect more from PETA than to feed into male dominance and female subordination.

Millions of people, mostly men, watch the Super Bowl annually. So to sell a vegetarian lifestyle through the promise of better sex, PETA is giving men exactly what they want: scantily clad women sensually rubbing their bodies with phallic objects, in this case vegetables. This only furthers the notion that when a woman acts sensually she wants attention from men. (JB 37) This ad obviously targets mostly heterosexual males, possibly in their mid 30’s who like a little bit of porn with their sporting events. The women in this ad, under the direction of PETA, have turned themselves into objects and reinforced this power dynamic. (JB38)

Jones, Amelia, ed. The Feminine and Visual Culture Reader, New York: Routledge, 2003.

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