Marketers are increasingly using Retro Sexism to sell products. This form of advertising uses irony and humour as a way to distance itself from the sexist and/or racist representations and stereotypes they perpetuate.
Retro Sexism (n.): Modern attitudes and behaviors that mimic or glorify sexist aspects of the past, often in an ironic way.
Related Links and Articles:
* Definition of Retro Sexism found at WordSpy
* Female Chauvinist Pigs: Women and the Rise of Raunch Culture by Ariel Levy
* The Sherman Foundation has a series of posts that discuss Retro Sexism
* A previous Mad World post discussed irony in advertising
Transcript available here: http://www.feministfrequency.com/2010/09/retro-sexism-uber-ironic-advertising
Anita Sarkeesian is a feminist media literacy advocate, pop culture critic and fair use proponent. She maintains an ongoing web series of video commentaries from a fangirl/feminist/anti-oppression perspective at her website www.FeministFrequency.com.
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