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Advertising Childrens Stories. [Dec. 14th, 2007|11:04 am]
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http://www.glumbert.com/media/killingussoftly

Advertising's Image of Women. Reeeally interesting. I mean I'm sure we've come to our own conclusions on this in the past, but to see it all pieced together I find just fascinating.

And: In 1990 the classic fairy tale "Little Red Riding Hood" was banned in Empire, California. Apparently, Little Red Riding Hood was pictured on the cover with a bottle of wine in her basket. The school board felt that the story might encourage the consumption of alcohol.
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[User Picture]From: watergal
2007-12-14 05:10 pm (UTC)
The school board felt that the story might encourage the consumption of alcohol.

Which is bad...where as old women being eaten by wolves is okay??

All right...
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2007-12-14 05:12 pm (UTC)
LOL, right?! Haha. ;)
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[User Picture]From: insane_hope
2007-12-14 05:18 pm (UTC)
we watched that in my mass media class this semsester. That was probably the one day there wasn't a huge argument overvalues as everyone was equaly pissed by what they were seeing
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2007-12-14 05:29 pm (UTC)
OOh, you got to see the whole thing? Was it as awesome as this clip here? And by awesome I mean absolutely fascinating.
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[User Picture]From: theprimrosepath
2007-12-14 05:32 pm (UTC)
I think one of the commentors on YouTube made a good point: men are often treated just as shabbily in advertising. I can't count the times I've watched my husband get upset over the lastest commercial presenting men as nothing but sports-watching, beer-swilling idiots - as if men, by definition, are allowed to be no other way and have no other interests.

We're not fair to men and we're not fair to women - c'mon, advertising moguls: doesn't the human race think more of itsself than this?
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2007-12-14 10:15 pm (UTC)
Agreed. It's terrible for both.
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[User Picture]From: adaveen
2007-12-14 06:39 pm (UTC)
Although I can't help but notice that the presenter had obviously colored hair, perfect makeup and a good support bra.

It's not just women, men are pushed around, too.

They make money by crushing the gold out of us with our own feelings of inadequacy.

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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2007-12-14 10:17 pm (UTC)
I did notice that too. ;) And she was joking about how the people who say that media doesn't influence them were usually wearing Gap clothing. Ummm...? ;)

And definitely.

This one focused on women, if I could find one that focuses on men, you know I'd be posting it!
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[User Picture]From: bigtyper
2007-12-14 07:31 pm (UTC)
I just want to say that I love your icon on this one.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2007-12-14 10:17 pm (UTC)
Thaaanks! :)
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2007-12-14 10:17 pm (UTC)
*smooch*
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[User Picture]From: sensibleken
2007-12-14 07:46 pm (UTC)
this is spot on. i remember every day getting a free newspaper going to work, opening it in work and seeing a photo of some scantily clad model standing in the street advertising anything from phones to chips. the only thing i could think of was 'good god, this is ireland someone give the poor woman a cardigan. its freezing'. my point is sometimes its the models who are the priciple victims of these types of things
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2007-12-14 10:18 pm (UTC)
*nod* They really are, though they get to make money off of it, so it's an all around vicious circle, I think.
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[User Picture]From: zibacco
2007-12-14 08:22 pm (UTC)
I can't get the video to play, but I do know that I started down the road to alcoholism after reading that version of Little Red Riding Hood. There was just something so alluring about that bottle of wine in Red's basket...I couldn't help myself.
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[User Picture]From: theprimrosepath
2007-12-14 08:33 pm (UTC)
I guess I was one of the lucky ones - I didn't slip into alcoholism after reading it. I did, however, start eating grandmothers...
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From: rosaliesbooks
2007-12-15 02:02 am (UTC)
OMG! I hate it when they mess with books, although I guess it's no worse than the butchering Disney have done with a whole lot of their films to make them "child friendly".
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2007-12-17 12:23 am (UTC)
Definitely. *nod* Pocahontas was particularly sinful in that regard.
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[User Picture]From: candycoatedpill
2007-12-15 02:14 am (UTC)
As soon as she mentioned how the average American spends 3 years of thier life watching commericals, I wanted to stop watching tv and stick to DVDS and Anime. Haha.

She brings up a good point, there's a commerical dove put out about what it takes for a girl to get how they look on the commerical. In the end, it was totally unrealistic.

http://youtube.com/watch?v=K-QcqdI5PIg

She's right about the whole self esteem thing, I'm not the fatest in the world but I'm not the skinniest either. To see so many beautiful people in magizines and ads makes me feel shitty about myself and makes me wish I was thinner.

Silly people, kids don't know what wine is at that age.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2007-12-17 12:35 am (UTC)
That's a great Youtube, I've seen it before. Just really puts things in perspective.
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[User Picture]From: e_burke
2007-12-15 03:33 am (UTC)
Well, I couldn't find it on the internet very fast, so I'll just relate it.

There was a recent Wendy's commercial with a woman eating some new sandwich on a park bench and enjoying it, while another woman gets jealous of the first woman's burgery bliss. She finally flips her hair and tells her,"I hate you!". The woman with the burger responds with an exasperated,"Really?".

I was confused when I watched this ad, I felt like I missed something. My girlfriend said it was supposed to be funny because the "pretty girl" envies HER for once. I said,"Um...but she WAS the pretty girl." My girlfriend said,"Not to most people."

I think it was a miserable message to send to those who feel their body image is not what it should be--EAT AT OUR FAST FOOD JOINT! But also, I find the modern image of what is "beauty", that is, to look like a 13 year old hooker, is freakish and demented. I find the most beauty in the most womanly of things--motherhood, pregnancy, the natural smell of a woman, the way their Maker put their hair, the way they chew, how they all sing when they are in the place that makes them the most happy, the confidence to handle a problem, and the humble selflessness to ask for help when they need it.

I see an old, tired lady with lines on her face from care and not scorn, a tired walk of joyful determination, and a simple comfort in rest from a life of selflessness, and I see the culmination of a woman. Gender roles in this land have been mutilated, perhaps they have never truly been right in popular mind, but today the cost is more and more dear, and more and more widespread.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2007-12-17 12:53 am (UTC)
I've never really understood that Quiznos is it? commercial either. It's so flipping weird.

And seriously, I wish people would accept and love people for the beauty that's in all of us. Superficial shit pissed me off.
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