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Facebook Advertisers Think You Should Diet (but only if you're a woman or a gay man)

It's no news that advertisers on social networking sites like Facebook employ user profile data to target specific groups by gender, age, and so on.   If you have an account on Facebook, you've probably noticed sideline ads for the bands listed under your 'Favorite Music' or ones for the television... Read more »

Sex, Videotape, and Fries

Wow, Burger King did it. I was sure Carl's Junior had this in the bag, but no. Burger King has actually succeeded in airing the most sexist fast food commercial of all time. I'm talking, of course, about the ad for BK Burger Shots. Where do I even begin? Let's start with the idea that women are so... Read more »

Problematic PSAs

The other night I saw this in a bar, and could not figure out what it was a commercial for (especially since I couldn’t hear the sound!) It seemed kinda fishy and it turned out it was: It’s from a 2007 PSA campaign put together by... Read more »

Big Advertisers Are Watching You

I am not sure if the media-savvy among you have already heard of this phenomenon, but apparently the newest trend in super-creepy-and-invasive advertising is ads that watch you watch them. This new technology,... Read more »

The Super Bowl Post

So, rather than watch the Super Bowl, I ate food and slept. In spite of my attempts to avoid the whole damn mess, however, I still wound up being forced to deal with the requisite oohs and aaaahs over the commercials. I’m not a big fan of commercials period–but Super Bowl ads are often... Read more »

American Apparel Answers Back

I'm the type of person who likes to think of themselves as flying under the radar. So you can imagine my surprise when I woke up yesterday to find an email from American Apparel in reference to my blog post from Wednesday. I'll include... Read more »

Imitation Is The Sincerest Form Of Disgust

Today started, like so many others, with criticism of a new American Apparel ad sweeping the feminist blogosphere.    However... Read more »

Star Trek Barbies: Fanboys Freak Out about Girlie Space Toys

                        There are a gadzillion reasons why I'm not a fan of Barbie dolls, and they all apply to the new Lt. Uhura doll, part of Mattel's upcoming Barbie Doll line being released in conjunction with J.J. Abrams' new Star Trek film.  But there's also a hilariously awesome reason to... Read more »

A1 is A-Sexist

You want some sexism with your steak?  Serve me up some A1 sauce! Read more »

Sick of holiday commercials? Sarah Haskins to the rescue!

Since I'm still in the charming stage of not having my life together, whenever I go home I can always count on my mom making sure I eat well. This is especially true during the holidays (leftovers and pumpkin cheesecake for days!). While my little brother helped out with making an excellent... Read more »

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The Forgotten History of the Women Who Shaped Modern Advertising

It's easy to dismiss advertising as an anti-feminist industry. Read more »