Consumerism Traps Archives

Saturday Vids: Really, Tide?

From: discoverfeminism.com |

Props to my English professor for sending our class this video with the commentary: “(This) definitely got a “really?” from me…I find it hard to believe that they can get away with these kinds of gender stereotypes in 2011.” I concur. Really, Tide? REALLY?

We Are The 99%: O.U.R. Walmart

From: discoverfeminism.com |

This week, as Walmart hosted Wall Street analysts and investors for a week of discussion regarding the company’s financial health and outlook, nearly 100 members of the Organization United for Respect at Walmart (OUR Walmart), part of the 99% returned to Walmart’s “Home Office” in Bentonville, AR to demand an “open door” meeting, per the company’s policy, with CEO Mike Duke.  In June of this year, OUR Walmart made its first visit to the corporate headquarters seeking a meeting with the CEO in order to deliver the organization’s Declaration for Respect, which members developed in order to identify priority concerns including: a desire for more respect and dignity on the job, more flexibility in scheduling, addressing rampant understaffing and excessive workloads at Walmart among others.

All I want is to buy a doll…

From: discoverfeminism.com |

My nephew turns one at the end of the month. I already know that his presents consist of various toy cars and trains and a workbench, despite the fact that currently his interests primarily encompass tapping his thumb on things, chasing the cat, and giving Auntie Carrie slobbery kisses that have actually started to hurt a bit now he has two teeth.

Quick hit: NOW NYC’s new tumblr targets offensive advertising

From: discoverfeminism.com |

Sometimes when I’m walking down the street or waiting on the subway platform, I see an ad that makes me want to whip out a marker and scrawl “This insults women” or “Sexism sells!” all over it. Then I remember that graffiti is a crime and that defacing public spaces isn’t a good idea.

Business at Sofitel

From: discoverfeminism.com |

Feministe friend Josh Glasstetter sends along this image from the Sofitel homepage — it’s the first thing that comes up when you visit their site. Sofitel, it’s worth mentioning, is the place where DSK was renting out a $3,000-a-night suite when he allegedly sexually assaulted a hotel employee. The image advertises “Business@Sofitel,” and features two white men and three white women. The two white men are in suits, and are standing up, and both appear to be talking to the women and moving around. The three women are sitting down, looking up at the men. The women are not wearing suits. Two of the women appear to be taking notes on whatever it is that the men are saying; the third is just gazing up at the talking, suit-wearing man.

Women Playing Football? Only if in Bikinis

From: discoverfeminism.com |

I had never heard of the Lingerie Football League until I read this article in an on-line Vancouver publication.

The L-Word’s Leisha Hailey kicked off of Southwest flight for kissing girlfriend

From: discoverfeminism.com |

If you love Leisha Hailey from The L-Word like I do, prepare to fume. Southwest Airlines, the airline company that loves to discriminate based on size and what you’re wearing (not to mention harass some women in the process) kicked the actress and her girlfriend off of their flight yesterday for kissing, with the reason being that Southwest is a “family” airline.

American Apparel’s ‘Next Big Thing’ is a Big Fat Lie

From: discoverfeminism.com |

By Meghan Murphy American Apparel has never been progressive. It has never been pro-woman and it has never made much of an effort to hide it’s founder, Dov Charney‘s, pervy ways. Last year, Melanie Klein at Feminist Fatale outlined the myriad of ways in which the company has long been a terrible place for women.

The attachment to “Capitalism”

From: discoverfeminism.com |

I often have a really hard time trying to understand the attachment to “Capitalism” that people on the left exhibit. When I say “Capitalism” capitalized and in quotes, I am speaking of both the economic system people in the US live with and promote–and the US government’s relationship with corporations.

Why Diamonds Aren’t All Girls’ Best Friends

From: discoverfeminism.com |

As another summer ‘engagement ring season’ comes to a close in the northern hemisphere, jewelers in countries such as Germany, India, Japan and the US are calculating profits from sales of rings bought for women as a promise of marriage.

A More Inclusive Spectrum of Beauty: Thinking about Plus-Size Modeling and the American Apparel Contest

From: discoverfeminism.com |

American Apparel’s “XL Model Contest” has concluded, and we await the company’s announcement of a winner. As of the close of voting last week, the leading contestant for the spot as AA’s first plus-size model was Nancy Upton, whose photo entries seemed cleverly designed to satirize the sexualized, over-exposed aesthetic for which the Los Angeles-based clothing company is notorious. (The CEO of American Apparel, Dov Charney, has been repeatedly accused of sexual harassment.)

Observations in Target: Mass Marketing and Young Females

From: discoverfeminism.com |

“Mom, look! That’s Rocky and CeCe, from ‘Shake it Up‘! Can I pleeeeease get one of their clothes?” She stands on her tiptoes to reach the highest shelf and points to a t-shirt with an attached pinstriped vest that is almost identical to the one CeCe is wearing in the poster above the rack of clothes. “I like that one!”

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