Hope in a Pink World

Reblogging from Jezebel as seen on Youtube, a very cute and insightful superhero in a world of princesses.


Happy Gender Specific Birthday!

This is a current Hallmark display at my local Walmart, 2011. What does it mean to celebrate a birthday when you are a boy, and what does it mean to celebrate a birthday when you are a girl? What are the design elements that influence our expectations of gender?

Boys: Blue (Aqua, really!) Cars, Superheros, Disney characters like Mickey Mouse and Alvin and the Chipmunks.

Space, Rockets, "Science."

Technology, heroes, power.

Sports, self esteem based on personal acheivement and skill.

Girls: Pink, pop stars, Disney characters like Tinkerbell and Minney Mouse.

Flowers, swirlies, and uh ... more flowers.

Fashion, pop stars, coyness.

Self esteem based on appearance and popularity.

Do these concepts follow us into adulthood?


Pretty Like Mommy

On the heels of this controversy, I offer some advertising ancestors in the theme of "Pretty Like Mommy."

I'm not sure where this last one fits in but I felt compelled to warn future generations about the dangers of dreaded "Knuckle-Grime", an epidemic nearly wiped out but seeing a resurgence since the modern woman spends too much time working and involving herself in politics and not enough spot checking her family's knuckles.


You Smell and Men Hate You

"True, men were attracted to her, but their interest quickly turned to indifference. Poor Girl!"

"5,000,000 young women become of marriageable age this year. How many of them, we wonder, will make the grade? One thing is certain, they can't expect to attract and hold men if they have halitosis (unpleasant breath.) It nullifies every other charm."

"Unfortunately, "B.O" offenders rarely know when they are guilty."

"The least talked about feminine odor but the most offensive to men."

(For more on Douching check out this and this!)

"Don't sacrifice your feminine charm one single day in the summer. Kotex protects daintiness when especially difficult."

"But it's so easy for a wife to think that time strengthens love- to feel that, because her husband loved her once, he'll love her always. Don't make that fatal mistake!"

"Garden fresh daintiness every day of the month. Every girl wants it."


The Best Part of Waking Up ...

... is being berated by your husband.

And to think, I was running around YouTube trying to collect old Folgers Coffee ads when someone went and put all the best scenes together already! Thanks, haroldhupmobile, for this offering of vintage sexism!


Don't be a Douche

Somewhere along the line someone probably thought this was an empowering commercial; see how in control women are, what with our sexual manipulation and awesome vaginas?

The YouTube comments are filled with a lot of "get a sense of humor" but don't be fooled by the same old crap.`My first entry on this blog was a collection of Lysol Douche Ads (yes, LYSOL, the house cleaning chemical company) and my opinion on douching remains the same: another unnecessary so called "health and beauty" routine that benefits neither your health nor beauty.

"Send for a free book telling about this grave womanly offense."

The evidence that douching has any benefits at all are almost entirely anecdotal and disputed by most health professionals and organizations including the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. While this new commercial has tried to spin the message into some kind of homage to the power of the pussy, the underlying point is the same ole same: Women, you better keep your vaginas nice- For Men.

"But Cleopatra still found the time to take care of her most precious resource."

"Because of a beautiful face? We think not."

Ladies, do yourselves a favor and actually marvel at the power of your vagina- and it's ability to clean and regulate itself. See a doctor if you think you have a serious problem, otherwise there's no reason to fill your lady parts with chemicals based on an expectation of what it should feel, smell, taste or be like. Please also remember that you are a person with intelligence and personality- your vagina, although unquestionably great, is not the end all be all of your power as a woman or a human being!