Media tagged Femininity

Mean Girls-Halloween

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This is a scene from the movie "Mean Girls," written by Tina Fey and released in 2004. Lindsay Lohan stars as Cady, a girl who has grown up in Africa and recently moved back to the United States. She navigates her way around the social scene at her new high school, and tries to gain acceptance in the A-list girls clique “The Plastics.” In this scene, Cady describes the ‘slut rule’ about Halloween: “In girl world, Halloween is the one night of the year when a girl can dress like a total slut, and no other girls can say anything about it.”

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Memoirs of a Geisha – Hatsumomo

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Memoirs of a Geisha is an Academy Award-winning film, produced in 2005 and based on a novel by author Arthur Golden. The film follows the journey of Sayuri as she rises from her roots in a small fishing village to become one of Japan's greatest geishas (a traditional Japanese female entertainer). This clip depicts the character Hatsumomo, a well-established geisha, harassing and attacking a young Sayuri.

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Men Think About Sex 19 Times a Day

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This news clip from a media organization called Newsy reports on a study that found that men think about sex approximately 19 times a day, while women think about sex approximately 10 times a day. This contrast an often-heard saying that men think about sex every seven seconds, a much higher number.

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Mercedes - Library ad

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This Mercedes Benz commercial from 2007 features a young, attractive blond woman at a library. She is shown trying to place an order for fries, a burger and a milkshake from a relatively plainly dressed, brunette female librarian. The librarian says, “this is a library.” The blond woman looks around, then repeats her order in a whispered voice. The library scene then ends and the words “beauty is nothing without brains” flashes across the screen, followed by the image of a car, the Mercedes-Benz E-Klasse.

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Merriam Webster Online-"Femininity"

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In its definition of “femininity,” Merriam-Webster's online dictionary previously used the word in the following sentence: “She managed to become a CEO without sacrificing herfemininity.” A follower of writer Ali Segel sent her the screenshot of this definition. Segal then tweeted her objection to the definition to her network. From there, the tweet was shared broadly, and reached the attention of Merriam-Webster staff. The staff replied to Segal’s tweet saying “We’re working to remove it now.” Within hours, the example had been removed from the online dictionary.

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