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“Groin Gazing”: Taboos, Penises, and “Fashion” Photography (NSFW)

Sunday, March 23rd, 2014

Laurie and Debbie say: Photographer Claire Milbrath did a fashion photography shoot for Vice (a print and online magazine) called “Groin Gazing,” in which casual clothes are (apparently) being sold to men (sexual orientation unknown) by means of torso and groin shots, showing (apparently) erect penises under the clothes on offer. Tracy Moore at Jezebel […]

Links This Week

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

Debbie says: This is only the beginning of a wonderful comic from Gallery of Dangerous Women … Cuteosphere, the cartoonist, says: it always disappointed me that Monster Girls are an anime porn thing rather than something used to explore the way society and the media dehumanises women, but oh well shout out to all my […]

Trapped in the Wrong Body … Maybe, Maybe Not.

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

Laurie and Debbie say: The oh-so-common cultural narrative of trans people is that they were born “trapped in the wrong body.” Of course, while this is the lived experience of many people, nobody’s story is simple. Writing in Buzzfeed, Thomas Page McBee takes on the belief that “trapped in the wrong body” and trans are […]

Advertising: The Message Is the Medium

Thursday, December 19th, 2013

Debbie says: This week’s internet has brought me three really interesting takes on substitution in advertising. There’s the growing number of ads that substitute men for women: Lisa Wade at Sociological Images makes the two important points about this: First, because the ads are so tongue-in-cheek, they didn’t seem to be acknowledging and validating women’s […]

Penises, Guns, and Safer Sex Ads

Monday, October 14th, 2013

(Cross-posted on Feminste) Laurie and Debbie say: (CONTAINS GRAPHIC AND EXPLICIT IMAGES) The brilliant Lisa Wade at Sociological Images has a thought-provoking piece about penis/gun imagery in safer sex ads, like this particularly vivid one: She situates the conversation in an anthropological context which demystifies the penis, which you can read at the link. After […]

Roshini Muniam Goes to Space Camp … and It’s Not a Fairy Tale

Thursday, September 26th, 2013

Debbie says: Once upon a time … a deodorant for men sponsored a Global Space Camp for winners of a contest. Really. Axe is a commercial deodorant from Unilever that, in its copywriters’ own words, “helps guys smell good, feel great and look their best!” To say that their presentation and advertisements are sexist is […]

Seduction Guides, Pick-Up Artists, and Real Consent

Monday, June 24th, 2013

Debbie says: As readers may or may not know, the crowd-funding site Kickstarter recently cancelled the fundraiser for a “seduction guide,” and issued an admirable apology, along with the kind of change in policy that goes with a real apoogy: We are prohibiting “seduction guides,” or anything similar, effective immediately. This material encourages misogynistic behavior […]

The Male Gaze: Noxious Idea Seeks Someone to Own It

Saturday, June 1st, 2013

Debbie says: Sesali Bowen at Feministing has an interesting take on “the male gaze.” The term, which Laurie and I have often used, came into prominence nearly forty years ago: In her 1975 essay “Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema”, Laura Mulvey … stated that women were objectified in film because heterosexual men were in control […]

Switching Pronouns, Cannibalistic Llamas, and Other Gender Assumptions

Thursday, May 23rd, 2013

Debbie says: ______________________________________________ After this post goes up, Laurie and I will both be at WisCon, in Madison, Wisconsin, one of our two annual breaks from blogging. So we’ll be back sometime next week. ___________________________________________________ Benjamin Rosenbaum’s has things to say about writing and gender. Rosenbaum has been trying to write a novel that uses […]

Breakfast: Not Sexier than Before, but Funnier than Ever

Monday, May 20th, 2013

Laurie and Debbie say: Having a product called “Sexcereal” is funny enough. Seriously promoting it as being full of foods that make you sexy is funny enough. Having different versions of it for men and women is funny enough. But honestly, the folks behind Sexcereal are in the wrong business. Hollywood pays big bucks for […]

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