LEGOs Could Use a Makeover.

LEGOs are some of the most creative toys around for kids. When I was growing up, I loved mixing together sets and building whole worlds (including assembling a perfect replica of Jurassic Park whose quality... Read more »

Dove Encourages Women to Stop Being So Self-Critical

Dove has a new gimmick in their “real beauty” ad campaign: Hiring a sketch artist to draw a woman as she describes herself, then as she’s described by a random stranger.  Read more »

On Our Radar: Today's Feminist News Roundup

Here’s the latest of what we’re reading up on. Advertising in men’s magazines... Read more »

Why Black Dolls Matter

  As a little girl, Samantha Knowles didn't stop to consider why most of her dolls—her American Girl dolls, her Cabbage Patch Kids, her Barbie dolls—were black like her. But black dolls were not common in her upstate New York hometown, whose population remains overwhelmingly... Read more »

Daddy Issues: The Mixed Blessings of "Dadvertising"

Obviously it’s not always possible to tell when the dad in an ad is a primary caregiver, but there’s been an increase in dad-centric TV commercials this year, with... Read more »

On Our Radar: Gendered Toys, Superheros, and Katy Perry

Oh my—yet another week of F-bombs, pink shit, and sexism.  Here’s a roundup of nine of the best posts the Internet had to offer this week.  A rad 13-year-old named McKenna Pope called out Hasbro for its blatant girls-only marketing of the famed Easy Bake Oven.  This piece is... Read more »

It's the Most Terrible Time of the Year: Offensive Holiday Ads Showdown!

If the incessant loop of “Baby It’s Cold Outside” playing at the grocery store hasn’t tipped you off yet, allow me: The holiday shopping season is upon us. And if you celebrate this time... Read more »

Lady Liquor: Race, marketing and uneasy relationships

It doesn’t surprise me that Snoop took the opportunity to engage in a little product placement, though he’s also joked about pot brownies on Martha’s show. What’s more... Read more »

Breast Intentions: Of Violence, Advertising and Lingerie

In both a national and global context where the rates of domestic violence against women are consistently soaring (according to the United Nations Population Fund Report, more 55 percent of women living in India face violence within the home), awareness campaigns and messages which seek to... Read more »

Douchebag Decree: Fujitsu's Feminine Laptops, Because Pink and Purple Pens weren't Enough

  Back in August, our web editor commented on the sexism of the “BIC for Her” feminine pen debacle. She opened her blog with the quip: “Thank God I’m... Read more »


The Forgotten History of the Women Who Shaped Modern Advertising

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