Children and Advertising

Today, I was reading an article titled “Sex, children, and advertising”.  It got me thinking about the way young people are sexualized in advertisements to get adults attention. In this specific Roger David ad, a young girl is used to attract middle aged men who shop at Roger David. This young girl is made “silent” in this image, which isn’t uncommon in these type of ads. She is not a woman, she is a child, and she should not be passive or forced to be silent. It is meant to look “edgy and dark”, with the suggestion of sexual attraction to a young child. Creepy much?

Photo from Roger Davids!

As a society, we have normalized seeing sexualized images everywhere. But is this okay? It may sound extreme, but in a way, these images are pedophilia. We need to protect our children instead of exploiting them. Visit collectiveshout to join their campaign for protecting women and stopping this kind of objectification!

What do you think about this? Comment below and let me know!

What does it mean to be asexual?

Many people seem to have misconceptions about what it means to be asexual. Being asexual usually means that you are not interested in sex or romantic relationships. Some asexual folks may be interested in romantic relationships, but they are not sexually interested.  Asexuality is a valid, healthy lifestyle!

  • Being asexual is not “boring”
  • There is NOTHING wrong with people who are asexual
  • It is not “just a phase”
  • Being asexual is not a choice
  • Just because asexuality isn’t portrayed in the media, doesn’t mean there is anything wrong with it.

Asexuality is an orientation, just like being gay, or straight, or bisexual. Some people say they do not believe in asexuality, but studies show that 1% of the population have never been sexually attracted to another person.

What do you think about asexuality? Comment below and let me know!

Photo from Google Images!

Top 5 reasons to masturbate

Why am I posting about this? Because it’s considered taboo, and I don’t understand why there should be any shame or guilt around masturbation. It is completely natural and healthy. Here is why:

1. Its relieving- Masturbation is actually a great way to relieve stress and focus on one thing!

2. It can help with Insomnia!- After masturbation, blood pressure is lower and you will feel more relaxed because of the endorphins that are released!

3. It’s good for your health!- Orgasming leads to an increase in blood flow, and it increases your muscles in that area!

4. There is nothing wrong with feeling good! – Thats pretty self explanitory, but whats wrong with feeling good?!

5. You begin to know your body!- When you explore your body, you know it better than you used to! How is somebody else supposed to touch you down there if your not comfortable touching yourself?

Of course, there is nothing wrong with making the decision  NOT to masturbate. Some may feel no desire to, as well as asexual folks. However, people who DO choose to masturbate should not be put down or shunned for it! It is healthy and natural to many of us!

What do you think about masturbation? Do you think its healthy? Comment below and let me know!

Photo from weheartit.com!

Top 5 reasons not to shop at Abercrombie and Fitch

Abercrombie and Fitch is an overpriced clothing store catering to teens and young adults. This is why you should NOT shop there:

  • Usually, when you walk into the store, there is a young man with muscles standing at the door, usually shirtless. If there isn’t, there are always photos of men with unrealistic muscles, and unrealistically skinny and unproportional women on the walls. Not to mention, they are primarily white. This reinforces gender roles, and NEGATIVE body image!
  • Its overpriced! Some basic T-shirts there cost $40 and over! Why spend so much money on a label!?! I have bought similar T-shirts at the consignment store for about $7. Just saying.
  • In 2005, the store was sued for discrimination based on race. Most people who get hired at the store happen to be tan, blonde, and skinny. Coincidence? I think not. According to Jennifer Lu, “”It’s dominated by Caucasian, football-looking, blonde-hair, blue-eyed males; skinny, tall”. “You don’t see any African-Americans, Asian-Americans, and that’s the image that they’re portraying and that they’re looking for.”
  • Abercrombie was also sued for religious discrimination!According to Sarah Letter, a young muslim was told in an interview that she couldn’t work at the store because her head scarf (a hijab) didn’t follow the “dress policy”.
  • A young woman named Riam Dean sued the store for their discrimination against her disability. Although she did get a job there, she was hid in a storage room because her prosthetic arm didn’t “fit” the look. According to Riam, “I had been bullied out of my job,” she said. “It was the lowest point I had ever been in my life.”

I could go on, but you get my point. This store is discriminatory and awful! What do you think? Comment below and let me know!

Because looking like that is just so realistic? Ugh. (Photo from Google Images)

 

The Hunger Games: No gender roles!

As you might know, the movie “The Hunger Games” came out recently. It’s based off of the book.When the book opens, North America as we know it has been destroyed and is now divided into 12 districts, ruled by an oppressive government located at the Capital. Katniss Everdeen, a 16-year-old girl from District 12, takes her younger sister’s place as one of 24 “tributes” selected every year to participate in the Hunger Games at the Capitol.The Games pit children from ages 12 to 18 against each other in a fight to the death in a giant, treacherous arena. Everything is televised and highly publicized all over the country. Katniss must not only survive the Games, but deal with a romance between her and another tribute from District 12, all the while deciding if she is willing to kill strangers her own age as a pawn of an oppressive government.(Read more: http://www.seattlepi.com/lifestyle/blogcritics/article/Book-Review-The-Hunger-Games-by-Suzanne-Collins-900110.php#ixzz1qzWHwtOi). I saw this movie and something I liked about it is that unlike the majority of the media, this movie did not have strong gender roles. Here is why this movie is different than most:

  • Katniss is the protaginist. She hunts to keep her family fed, she can shoot a bow and arrow well,and she can set traps. She is skilled, and in most movies and books, traits like these would automatically be handed to a male character.
  • There are no body image issues in the book or movie.
  • There is no sexualization of ANY of the characters.
  • Katniss’s strengths are based off of personality, not gender.

I could go on, but I think you get the idea. What do you think about the Hunger Games? Do you agree? Disagree? Comment below and let me know!

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Photo from Google Images!

Subliminal Messaging

Hey ya’ll! I just want to say, I’m sorry I haven’t posted in a while, I have been busy! Plus having some girl troubles. Yesterday, I watched this video that I found very interesting, so I thought I would share it with you:

What do you think? What subliminal messages have YOU noticed in the media? Comment below and let me know!

Go Organic!

Why Go Organic? Because:

  • Its healthy! Organic foods contain higher levels of vitamin C!
  • Organic food doesn’t have any additives that cause serious health problems.
  • Most organic food avoids pesticides!
  • No genetic modification!
  • It is Eco-friendly! Organic farming is better for the enviorment!
  • Local farms need your support!

Do you eat Organic Foods? Why or why not? Comment below and let me know!