Thursday, March 24, 2011

Hyper-Sexualized Toys

My friend from school shared these pictures with me. They are her younger brothers toys. Check out the rack and ass on these figurines!!! It's good to know we are teaching boys objectification at such an early age, not to mention perpetuating unrealistic body imaging. I understand that advertisers have discovered that pervy adults need hyper-sexualized content to attract their attention, but why kids? How would a parent react if they found a Maxim magazine stuffed under the mattress of their 8 year old son? Well.....what about a cat woman figurine?

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Gender Neutral

While Flavorwire is obviously having fun with the idea of revisiting literary classics and making them gender neutral, they raise an interesting point: we are sacrificing critical historical elements in an attempt to be politically correct. The same argument can be made by the black community in the recent change of the word "nigger" to "slave" in Huckleberry Finn. Changing the Bible's language so that "human kind" is more clearly understood where the word "men" is used doesn't make the Bible any less offensive in its patriarchal oppression of women. But hey, that's history. These inequalities existed and still exist today. Changing terms doesn't change the past.