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“The headless women of hollywood” project calls out sexism in film


In each of the posters featured in the project, women’s bodies – often their derrieres, breasts or legs – are the main focal point, however their heads are nowhere to be seen. (…

“By decapitating the woman, she becomes an unquestionably passive object to the male gaze. The question of her consent is removed completely alongside her head, and her purpose becomes solely that of being looked at by men obediently.

“Her value is that only of her sexual appeal to men and not of her personhood.”

Headless Women of Hollywood catalogues all the heinous posters from across the tv, film and advertising industries that include women’s headless anatomy as their main selling point. NEWSFLASH: women are sentient beings with both brains and complex inner characters, even though they’re often not given such roles in movies.
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Bus company pulls topless ‘ride me’ adverts after outcry

Cardiff bus adverts featuring topless models holding a placard saying ‘ride me all day for £3’ caused social media storm

A bus company has come under fire for promoting a new route with a poster on the back of its vehicles showing an apparently topless woman holding a sign saying “ride me all day for £3”.
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The adverts, by Cardiff-based New Adventure Travel, prompted outrage in the city and on social media. The company, which runs services in Cardiff and elsewhere in Wales, including school buses, was promoting the launch of a fleet of new buses for a cross-city service in Cardiff.

At 11.30am on Monday, just a few hours after the campaign first appeared, the company said the adverts would be withdrawn.

Continue reading at: The Guardian

Toys Will Be Toys! Amazon Ditches ‘Boys’ and ‘Girls’ as Toy Categories


Amazon has dumped “Boys” and “Girls” from its top-level categorization options for Toys & Games, reports BoingBoing. (Kottke pointed out that the categories do exist deeper down into the categories, but that “it’s a nice first step.”) Amazon has, in their own subtle way, announced to the world that boys and girls can play with whatever toys they please, and that’s pretty cool. After all, a Barbie is not “for girls,” it is for any child with an imagination. The same goes for G.I. Joes and Ninja Turtles. (Are those still popular??)

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Yes, it’s 2015 and a newspaper is rating how attractive female politicians are

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The Belfast Telegraph has produced a quite staggering article judging election candidates based purely on their looks and dress sense in campaign posters.

Reaction to the double-page spread on Thursday, which labels one female candidate a “girly girl”, admires a “plunging neck line” and notes that another looks like she needs “a good night’s sleep”, has been branded sexist and outdated by commenters online.

And reading the article (titled “So, which candidates are topping the poles [sic]”) in full, it’s perhaps easy to understand why people might hold those opinions.

While male candidates don’t escape the objectification (one looks “smirky smug”, while another has teeth that “look as if they were never intended for eating with”), they play a mere peripheral role on the layout of the page.

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Updated: Sexist peer review elicits furious Twitter response, PLOS apology

Tweet excerpting provocative review has drawn an extensive response.

 

A peer reviewer’s suggestion that two female researchers find “one or two male biologists” to co-author and help them strengthen a manuscript they had written and submitted to a journal has unleashed an avalanche of disbelief and disgust on Twitter today — and prompted an apology from the journal’s publisher.

Evolutionary geneticist Fiona Ingleby was shocked when she read the review accompanying the rejection for her latest manuscript, which investigates gender differences in the Ph.D.-to-postdoc transition, so she took the issue to Twitter.

Continue reading at: news.sciencemag.org

 

‘Beach body ready’ tube ads to be taken down ahead of mass protest | Media | The Guardian

Protein World ‘beach body ready’ poster: the advertising watchdog has received more than 200 complaints. Photograph: Catherine Wylie/PA

A controversial ad campaign featuring a bikini-wearing model that asks “Are you beach body ready?” is to be removed from London Underground ahead of a planned mass protest this weekend.

Transport for London said the ads promoting Protein World weight-loss product will be replaced from Wednesday because they have come to the end of their three-week contract period. “It is coming to a natural end,” a spokesman said, adding that the campaign did not contravene TFL’s advertising standards.

The Transport for London spokesperson added: “This advertisement will begin to be removed from our network as scheduled from tomorrow.

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Mark Ruffalo Answered The Sexist Questions Scarlett Johansson Typically Gets During Press Interviews

Scarlett Johansson (similar to many other female celebrities) has to field a lot of sexist questions during press interviews. (Examples here, here and here.) In a recent interview however, the types of questions typically reserved for Johansson were given to her “Avengers: Age Of Ultron” co-star Mark Ruffalo.

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