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We know it’s bad for us

Sometimes the media demonises trends in popular culture, seeking to whip up a moral panic. Sometimes the media rightly points out how damaging some trends can be: here’s Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett on the problem of retouched selfies (and representations of women).


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Posted: September 8, 2016

An example of airbrushing taken too far

Lena Dunham, creator of the TV programme Girls, was reportedly angry at the ‘mad Photoshopping’ of a photograph of her used on the cover of Spanish magazine Tentaciones. 

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Despite the enthusiasm of the media to investigate this, it turns out Dunham was mistaken

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Posted: March 5, 2016

Unacceptable advertisements?

The Guardian has a rundown of the most complained about advertisements of 2015.

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Here’s the ‘winner’:

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Posted: March 5, 2016

Feminist superheroes

The feminist upgrade of comic book superheroes moves apace, according to The Guardian:

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Posted: March 25, 2015

Sexist advertising in the past

Here are some sexist adverts from the past. Of course, no one would use sexist representations in modern advertising, would they?

Here’s a sample – follow the link for more.

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Posted: January 14, 2014

The Beshdel Test

Swedish cinemas are to rate films according to their representation of gender, with the aim of drawing attention to the problem of how females are portrayed in mainstream films.

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What’s the Beshdel test?

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Posted: November 6, 2013

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