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Douchebag Decree: H&M's "Totally Virtual" Models

H&M is taking fashion douchebaggery to the next level this week by using computer-generated models in its holiday lingerie campaign. As if the photo shopping, airbrushing,... Read more »

Mom & Pop Culture: Beyond Pink & Blue Toys

If you know even one kid, you already know they’re more than a stereotype of their gender with a myriad of interests—so why don’t toy manufacturers and ad executives acknowledge this? Read more »

Mom & Pop Culture: The Grocery Game

Let’s use Disney as an example (since they’re one of the biggest offenders when it comes to branding). Sure, you might expect familiar Disney faces to pop up in places like mylar balloons in the florist department, on band-aids, shampoo, toothpaste, and tooth brushes in the health aisle... Read more »

Mom & Pop Culture: Totally Terrible Toys

Yup, that’s right. The folks at the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood scoured the toy aisles and found (what they feel are) the top five most offensive toys, and will present the TOADY (Toys Oppressive And Destructive to Young children) Award to the one that takes home the (dis)honor... Read more »

Mom & Pop Culture: McGender: Unpacking the Happy Meal

I’m not a fan of McDonald’s for a variety of reasons, but beyond their tasty unhealthy food they are a perfect example of how marketing has changed over the years to further push gender stereotypes upon consumers. Read more »

Douchebag Decree: ChapStick: It's On Everyone's Lips (When They Are Talking About D-bags)

Not only does the ad offensively use women’s bodies to sell a product it, also needlessly sexualizes a non-sexual product. It’s ChapStick for god’s sake! And now I have to think of this lady’s ass every time I rub it on my lips? What? I didn’t want that! Read more »

Douchebag Decree: Dr. Pepper, Doucheologist and Men-Only Drink Specialist

Oh “light” beverages. When will you stop freaking out and shoving your unnecessarily constructed masculinity in our faces? The latest in this long line of I’m-so-manly-it’s-sexist diet drinks (predecessors include... Read more »

Isn't He Lovely: Why the Old Spice Guy Wasn't All that Revolutionary for Black Men in Advertising

Earlier this year, personal care product brand Nivea pulled a men’s skincare ad and issued a public apology for its blatantly racist undertones. As reported on over at GOOD magazine, the... Read more »

We're All Mad Here: Pharmaceutical Advertising and Messaging About Mental Illness

Advertising is as much a part of pop culture as deliberately created works of art. Read more »

In Defense of the L'Or

If we already know advertisements are digitally altered, why do we have to get rid of them? Simple answer: Because humans are beautiful and it’s time they know so. 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 »