Communication 10 Blog

A look at the portrayal of women in the media through photos, video clips, commercials, music, articles, and other media forms.

American Apparel; Sexy Ladies, Or No Ladies

American Apparel is an extremely well-known clothing store that originated in Downtown Los Angeles. In most of their ads pertaining to women, they tend to have them posing in extremely sexual and pornographic positions. When women wear tights or leggings, they normally have them bent over with no bra, exposing their chests. When women pose in there button down shirts, they normally ONLY wear the shirts, with bright or lace underwear. However, men are not portrayed in American Apparel this way. The men are always posing in classy positions. However, for some reason in almost every single American Apparel photo frame, the women are being overly sexy and innapropriate. What most don’t know about this company, is they claim to be extremely children friendly. Meaning they now sell kids clothes and shoes. However, these sort of pornographic ads are not appropriate for women, kids, teens or men to look at in the stores. In these two particular shots above, you see a women who is bent over in what looks like a sexual position. While the male is laying down underneath her. In the second shot you see the male standing up, holding her legs, in what really seems to look like they are about to have sex. All these photos of American Apparel women really portray them in a bad light. As well as American Apparel itself as a company. And unfortunately there is no other way of looking at them, because American Apparel only allows for sexual pornographic images of these women to be seen. By the looks of it, it doesn’t seem like there is room for any change.

Hilary Duff; No To “Retarded”
Duff is most known to others as an actor, singer and songwriter. She is an outstanding actor who starred in one of my favorite childhood television shows, “Lizzie McGuire.” Along with having a career and family, she also takes time to stand up for what she believes in. I recently saw her in a commercial supporting the act of getting rid of the word “retard” and “retarded.” Also, in a similar commercial i saw her advocating against the word “gay.” These words are extremely offensive and are constantly being used inappropriately. Her goal by going on these commercials, is to educate others about how much words are hurting other people. They are being used in cool nonchalant and cruel ways. Because she is a celebrity, she has more power than the average person to attract the eyes of many. Hopefully by getting these commercials out, more and more people can see how offensive their vocabulary can be, and understand that it needs to be stopped. There are many other non-offensive words that can be used to describe your friends outfit, pictures, and ect. 

Hilary Duff; No To “Retarded”

Duff is most known to others as an actor, singer and songwriter. She is an outstanding actor who starred in one of my favorite childhood television shows, “Lizzie McGuire.” Along with having a career and family, she also takes time to stand up for what she believes in. I recently saw her in a commercial supporting the act of getting rid of the word “retard” and “retarded.” Also, in a similar commercial i saw her advocating against the word “gay.” These words are extremely offensive and are constantly being used inappropriately. Her goal by going on these commercials, is to educate others about how much words are hurting other people. They are being used in cool nonchalant and cruel ways. Because she is a celebrity, she has more power than the average person to attract the eyes of many. Hopefully by getting these commercials out, more and more people can see how offensive their vocabulary can be, and understand that it needs to be stopped. There are many other non-offensive words that can be used to describe your friends outfit, pictures, and ect. 

Ellen Degeneres
Although Ellen is extremely laid back and likes to do hilarious things on her show, she also loves helping people. Its not always fun and games and she is pretty clear on that. She loves helping those who are less fortunate. And uses her fame and television show to do so. With her outstanding personality (unlike anyone else) she finds others around the world needing help and helps them. All of her television shows consist of her just being herself, music, funnyness (i’m aware thats not a real word) and helping others. She’s a real well rounded person that i think most people could look up too. With countless viewers of her Ellen Degeneres show, she also has a lot of fans because of her openness to her sexuality. Unlike most celebrities who stay in the closet, Ellen worked a strength to reveal her true sexual orientation which not only made her a stronger individual, but gave courage to others who were struggling with the same thing. She was the first women to ever reveal her sexual orientation on television, and is a real inspiration. I’d have to say from my own experiences watching her shows that, they hold so much love, and character and support. I don’t know anyone who doesn’t like this incredible woman. So i just want to thank Ellen for all her comedic and sentimental shows. They keep my days more entertaining by far. :)

Ellen Degeneres

Although Ellen is extremely laid back and likes to do hilarious things on her show, she also loves helping people. Its not always fun and games and she is pretty clear on that. She loves helping those who are less fortunate. And uses her fame and television show to do so. With her outstanding personality (unlike anyone else) she finds others around the world needing help and helps them. All of her television shows consist of her just being herself, music, funnyness (i’m aware thats not a real word) and helping others. She’s a real well rounded person that i think most people could look up too. With countless viewers of her Ellen Degeneres show, she also has a lot of fans because of her openness to her sexuality. Unlike most celebrities who stay in the closet, Ellen worked a strength to reveal her true sexual orientation which not only made her a stronger individual, but gave courage to others who were struggling with the same thing. She was the first women to ever reveal her sexual orientation on television, and is a real inspiration. I’d have to say from my own experiences watching her shows that, they hold so much love, and character and support. I don’t know anyone who doesn’t like this incredible woman. So i just want to thank Ellen for all her comedic and sentimental shows. They keep my days more entertaining by far. :)

 Angelina & Dr. Drew on Life Changers; Taking serious situations lightly
Angelina was recently on Dr. Drews’ new show Life Changers. She decided to go on the show because ever since she left the Jersey Shore she has been getting physically attacked by those who don’t like her (or didn’t like her portrayal on the show). She has been getting attacted by women almost anywhere she goes (grocery store, club, walking down the street). Because of her constant anxiety about when it will happen again, she attended Dr. Drews’ Life Changers to try and get help on how to protect herself. Dr.Drew and other people explained to her that although only women have been attacking her its always good to know self defense so that incase a man ever tries to attack you and harm you that you already know how to defend yourself (and possibly get away). However when the defense instructor started trying to teach her different ways to get away from an attacker Angelina was laughing, fixing her hair and didn’t seem to be taking this lesson seriously. It wasn’t that BIG of a shock to me, considering i follow all the Jersey Shore shows and Angelina was portrayed as the villain. So for her to not take this life or death lesson that can help her to protect herself seriously just made me dislike her even more. And now i realized she’s just a big joke. Jersey Shore portrayed her exactly how she is, and now she’s wasting Dr. Drews’ time with not being willing to learn. The things that she does just doesn’t make any sense.

Angelina & Dr. Drew on Life Changers; Taking serious situations lightly

Angelina was recently on Dr. Drews’ new show Life Changers. She decided to go on the show because ever since she left the Jersey Shore she has been getting physically attacked by those who don’t like her (or didn’t like her portrayal on the show). She has been getting attacted by women almost anywhere she goes (grocery store, club, walking down the street). Because of her constant anxiety about when it will happen again, she attended Dr. Drews’ Life Changers to try and get help on how to protect herself. Dr.Drew and other people explained to her that although only women have been attacking her its always good to know self defense so that incase a man ever tries to attack you and harm you that you already know how to defend yourself (and possibly get away). However when the defense instructor started trying to teach her different ways to get away from an attacker Angelina was laughing, fixing her hair and didn’t seem to be taking this lesson seriously. It wasn’t that BIG of a shock to me, considering i follow all the Jersey Shore shows and Angelina was portrayed as the villain. So for her to not take this life or death lesson that can help her to protect herself seriously just made me dislike her even more. And now i realized she’s just a big joke. Jersey Shore portrayed her exactly how she is, and now she’s wasting Dr. Drews’ time with not being willing to learn. The things that she does just doesn’t make any sense.

Steve Wilkos; There’s Nothing He Wont Do
Although this blog is dedicated to the portrayal of women in the media, i just had to do a entry for Steve Wilkos. He used to work for Jerry Springer, and then realized he was better off on his own, with his own television show, helping people in his own way. He is an outstanding human being with a wife and (i believe) two children. He was once a police officer working in the service. He has plenty of experience with abusers, criminals, and other bad people that fill our country. His goal in life is to help as many people as possible and is a complete inspiration to all men and women in the world. He stands up for women’s rights, children’s rights, and has no sympathy for abusers (physically and mentally). The point of his shows are to reveal the truth and nothing less of that. He is more than happy to help people who are willing to take it. Whether it be drug addicts, abusers, prostitutes, Steve Wilkos will stop at nothing to help another human being. He is portrayed on television exactly how he is. Nothing more and nothing less. I truly love Steve for all that he does, and all that he is willing to do for people he has never met before in his life. 

Steve Wilkos; There’s Nothing He Wont Do

Although this blog is dedicated to the portrayal of women in the media, i just had to do a entry for Steve Wilkos. He used to work for Jerry Springer, and then realized he was better off on his own, with his own television show, helping people in his own way. He is an outstanding human being with a wife and (i believe) two children. He was once a police officer working in the service. He has plenty of experience with abusers, criminals, and other bad people that fill our country. His goal in life is to help as many people as possible and is a complete inspiration to all men and women in the world. He stands up for women’s rights, children’s rights, and has no sympathy for abusers (physically and mentally). The point of his shows are to reveal the truth and nothing less of that. He is more than happy to help people who are willing to take it. Whether it be drug addicts, abusers, prostitutes, Steve Wilkos will stop at nothing to help another human being. He is portrayed on television exactly how he is. Nothing more and nothing less. I truly love Steve for all that he does, and all that he is willing to do for people he has never met before in his life. 

Tyra Banks
Tyra Banks is known for her amazing modeling skills, hit television talk show, and America’s Next Top Model. However, she is more than just a celebrity. Tyra Banks is one of the most involved models/celebrities in hollywood. After her career as a model, she reconnected with her teen struggles, and decided to make a camp for boosting young teens self confidence. As a teen herself she struggled with her unusual height and getting turned down by multiple modeling agencies because of her big forehead. These incidents lowered her self esteem, however with the help from her mother, she was able to get her confidence back and now wants to help others with similar struggles. Tyra Banks has worked hard day and night to get to where she is now. She is extremely successful in everything she does, and with that power, she has vowed to help others with their image insecurities. She is so compassionate, and truly cares about every single teen (and anyone in general). She has many passions, but helping others is one of her favorites. Her goal is to help teens and young adults see that they are beautiful no matter what. Weight, eyes, legs, body figure, none of those things matter, beauty is on the inside. She is perceived in the media as who she really is. Tyra Banks is a real positive inspiration and role model to all. She does so much for many different communities, and even i can say, i look up to her and all that she does. 

Tyra Banks

Tyra Banks is known for her amazing modeling skills, hit television talk show, and America’s Next Top Model. However, she is more than just a celebrity. Tyra Banks is one of the most involved models/celebrities in hollywood. After her career as a model, she reconnected with her teen struggles, and decided to make a camp for boosting young teens self confidence. As a teen herself she struggled with her unusual height and getting turned down by multiple modeling agencies because of her big forehead. These incidents lowered her self esteem, however with the help from her mother, she was able to get her confidence back and now wants to help others with similar struggles. Tyra Banks has worked hard day and night to get to where she is now. She is extremely successful in everything she does, and with that power, she has vowed to help others with their image insecurities. She is so compassionate, and truly cares about every single teen (and anyone in general). She has many passions, but helping others is one of her favorites. Her goal is to help teens and young adults see that they are beautiful no matter what. Weight, eyes, legs, body figure, none of those things matter, beauty is on the inside. She is perceived in the media as who she really is. Tyra Banks is a real positive inspiration and role model to all. She does so much for many different communities, and even i can say, i look up to her and all that she does. 

Carl’s Jr; Sexy Girl Means Sexy Burger
For many years now Carl’s Jr has been using sex as its number one seller. They always seem to use sexy girls in many different ad campagnes. Some being Audrina from the Hills, Paris Hilton and new sexy star social light, Kim Kardashian. The majority of the United States already loves these hollywood celebrities, so by putting them in their commercials and ad’s only attracts more attention to them which is what they seek. However, instead of putting these celebrities in normal clothes eating a burger, they dress them up in skimpy baithing suits. Now that is what sells. Sex sells period. And with their knowlegde of that they are doing just so. Paris Hilton came out in a commerical for Carl’s Jr dressed in a black sexy one piece baithing suit. They took shots of her washing a car, and getting soap all over her body. Once that was done they took shots of her sensually eating the burger. When you actually think about it, when does that senario ever happen? It starts to become rediculous. I personally find Paris Hilton sexy, however eating a buger in a sexual way, um not so much. I Think the Carl’s Jr company has gone above and beyond what they should. And im actually kind of suprised that Paris agreed to do the commerical. I understand for guys it might be a huge turn on, and sexy. However, when you actually go to Carl’s Jr and purchase a burger Paris Hilton isn’t going to magically apear washing your car in a sleezy baithing suit. It’s just a little bit too outrageous for me, and others too i imagin.I dont want to be thinking about a wet Paris Hilton while i eat my food. And as far as i’m concerned, Carl’s Jr ad’s are just way to predictable.

Carl’s Jr; Sexy Girl Means Sexy Burger

For many years now Carl’s Jr has been using sex as its number one seller. They always seem to use sexy girls in many different ad campagnes. Some being Audrina from the Hills, Paris Hilton and new sexy star social light, Kim Kardashian. The majority of the United States already loves these hollywood celebrities, so by putting them in their commercials and ad’s only attracts more attention to them which is what they seek. However, instead of putting these celebrities in normal clothes eating a burger, they dress them up in skimpy baithing suits. Now that is what sells. Sex sells period. And with their knowlegde of that they are doing just so. Paris Hilton came out in a commerical for Carl’s Jr dressed in a black sexy one piece baithing suit. They took shots of her washing a car, and getting soap all over her body. Once that was done they took shots of her sensually eating the burger. When you actually think about it, when does that senario ever happen? It starts to become rediculous. I personally find Paris Hilton sexy, however eating a buger in a sexual way, um not so much. I Think the Carl’s Jr company has gone above and beyond what they should. And im actually kind of suprised that Paris agreed to do the commerical. I understand for guys it might be a huge turn on, and sexy. However, when you actually go to Carl’s Jr and purchase a burger Paris Hilton isn’t going to magically apear washing your car in a sleezy baithing suit. It’s just a little bit too outrageous for me, and others too i imagin.I dont want to be thinking about a wet Paris Hilton while i eat my food. And as far as i’m concerned, Carl’s Jr ad’s are just way to predictable.

Michelle Obama; A Positive Inspiration
As most know, first lady Michelle Obama has contributed a great deal to her country. She’s not only a reflection of her husband, Barack Obama, but also stands as her own person. She wants nothing more than the best for her country. She is unlike any other first lady the United States has ever seen. She is extremely active in the White House, and literally does as much as possible to better our lives. She is not lazy, and doesn’t take the power of being first lady to relax and get a free ride. She truly cares about everyone. Although she must be extremely busy she manages to make time for commercials and t.v. shows for good causes. Some commercials she’s been in create awareness for bullying, HIV and AIDS, diabetes and so forth. Some television shows she’s been in are: Extreme Makeover Home Edition, Oprah, and Disney Channel. She does her absolute best for this country and just by seeing her actively support organizations and so forth makes me love her even more. By looking at all of Michelle Obamas accomplishments it just makes me want to push harder to become a better person for me and others i love. To be the change we wish to see in the world. Overall just by being the first Black ‘first lady’ is such an amazing leap for the United States. I am just so excited to see what Michelle Obama has in store for us. 

Michelle Obama; A Positive Inspiration

As most know, first lady Michelle Obama has contributed a great deal to her country. She’s not only a reflection of her husband, Barack Obama, but also stands as her own person. She wants nothing more than the best for her country. She is unlike any other first lady the United States has ever seen. She is extremely active in the White House, and literally does as much as possible to better our lives. She is not lazy, and doesn’t take the power of being first lady to relax and get a free ride. She truly cares about everyone. Although she must be extremely busy she manages to make time for commercials and t.v. shows for good causes. Some commercials she’s been in create awareness for bullying, HIV and AIDS, diabetes and so forth. Some television shows she’s been in are: Extreme Makeover Home Edition, Oprah, and Disney Channel. She does her absolute best for this country and just by seeing her actively support organizations and so forth makes me love her even more. By looking at all of Michelle Obamas accomplishments it just makes me want to push harder to become a better person for me and others i love. To be the change we wish to see in the world. Overall just by being the first Black ‘first lady’ is such an amazing leap for the United States. I am just so excited to see what Michelle Obama has in store for us. 

Tom Ford For Men; Sex Sells 
This ad was placed in countless magazines displaying Tom Fords new cologne. Its targeted towards men from ages 18-70. This extreme body display shows how much Tom Ford is trying to use sex as his seller. By the positioning of the cologne bottle he clearly wants to use sex, and women’s bodies as the main attraction. This is a perfect example to the term, “sex sells.” The main point of this ad, is to attract the eyes of men, luring them to purchase the cologne. However, it also attracts the eyes of women for a different reason. In my eyes this ad is a complete insult to all women. Rubbing oil on our sexual organs should not be how cologne is displayed, it should be how pornography is displayed. Women are more than just a sex object, and shouldn’t be put on a pedestal for our sexual organs. I rarely see men being shown this way in a women’s perfume ad. So why in this one? This ad portrays women in a superficial, sexual way. Being sexy is not the only thing women are good for. I think that if men want to continue displaying our bodies in cologne ad’s then we should at least do the same in women’s ad’s. There should be no double standards here, however i continue to feel as though there are. Overall, this ad should be taken down, women are not mere sex objects and shouldn’t continue to be portrayed as only that.

Tom Ford For Men; Sex Sells 

This ad was placed in countless magazines displaying Tom Fords new cologne. Its targeted towards men from ages 18-70. This extreme body display shows how much Tom Ford is trying to use sex as his seller. By the positioning of the cologne bottle he clearly wants to use sex, and women’s bodies as the main attraction. This is a perfect example to the term, “sex sells.” The main point of this ad, is to attract the eyes of men, luring them to purchase the cologne. However, it also attracts the eyes of women for a different reason. In my eyes this ad is a complete insult to all women. Rubbing oil on our sexual organs should not be how cologne is displayed, it should be how pornography is displayed. Women are more than just a sex object, and shouldn’t be put on a pedestal for our sexual organs. I rarely see men being shown this way in a women’s perfume ad. So why in this one? This ad portrays women in a superficial, sexual way. Being sexy is not the only thing women are good for. I think that if men want to continue displaying our bodies in cologne ad’s then we should at least do the same in women’s ad’s. There should be no double standards here, however i continue to feel as though there are. Overall, this ad should be taken down, women are not mere sex objects and shouldn’t continue to be portrayed as only that.

Terranova; Trauma Surgeon

A new show recently aired called Terranova. It’s set hundreds of years in the future where the earth is falling apart due too overpopulation and poor air quality. Many decided to create a time machine taking selected groups and families to the dinosaur times. As they begin taking people back into time, they start creating a new life for themselves. One family in particular is the focus of all this. The mother, named Elisabeth Shannon was selected with her family to go because of her extensive skills as a trauma surgeon. It was rather nice to see FOX put a women with an excellent career at the center of this show. It really encourages young adults and women around the world that we can thrive to be as great as a trauma surgeon, and pursue whatever it is we want to do. Just by having a positive image of a women on television (Terranova) can help others to be better people. Overall this is an excellent show with an extremely talented cast.