The F Word

You Don’t Have to Be Evil to Sell Things: A Primer on Ad Writing & Sexism

I generally prefer to stick to positive imagery and commentary here, and I may eventually delete this post, but I keep seeing these lists of “vintage” sexist ads from the 50’s,60’s, and 70’s shared online so that folks may gloat about how “enlightened” we are in “this day and age.” I work in marketing and …

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Women and Gentlemen: Unmasking the Sobering Realities of Hyper-Masculine Characters

This post was originally hosted at Kari Sperring’s place. For those who find the format a little awkward to read, or who are having issues with LJ, I’ve reprinted it here:   __________ In the movie The Jewel of the Nile, sequel to Romancing the Stone, romance author Joan Wilder has written herself into a …

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The Body Project, a Prelude (or, your body is a battlefield)

My body has always been a place of battle. When I was younger, it was personal, self-inflicted strife encouraged by schoolyard taunts of “water  buffalo!” and “pig!” supplemented by family matriarchs who were permanently obsessed with the width of their own asses (and, very often, mine and that of my siblings), despite advanced degrees, working …

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