Media tagged Femininity

Bic Pens for Women - Ellen

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In this 2012 clip from The Ellen DeGeneres Show, host Ellen mocks a new product, Bic for Her, a line of pens marketed to women. She points out various attributes of the pens: that they come in "lady colors" pink and purple, are "designed to fit a women's hand," and "cost twice as much" as other pens. She then, jokingly, tells the studio audience that she was asked to star in a commercial for the pens. The show then cuts to a skit, a parody commercial in which Ellen plays a mother, walking along the beach with her adolescent daughter, having a "heart to heart" conversation about growing up and using Bic for Her pens. The bit was part of a larger public reaction against Bic for Her pens, including many satirical user-generated reviews on Amazon and much commentary on blogs and other media outlets.

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Boys Will Be Girls (Harvard Sailing Team)

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“Boys Will Be Girls” is a sketch comedy produced by the Harvard Sailing Team (a New York sketch comedy troupe) whose members take part in a conversation stereotypical of female friend groups. Much of their conversation revolves around eating--whether they should eat during the show, what they ate earlier in the day, whether they'll eat when they go out later with their girlfriends, whether they should share something to eat, whether they should go on a diet.

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Britney Spears - Airbrushing

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These images of pop star Britney Spears were released after a photoshoot for the "Candie's at Kohl's" marketing campaign in 2010. They depict side-by-side images of Spears -- one side shows the raw, unretouched images, while the other side shows the digitally retouched or "airbrushed" versions that were used in the campaign. The side-by-side depiction allows for a comparison of the changes that were made in their efforts to "clean it up" -- including removing cellulite and making Britney's waste smaller. Britney was apparently on board with showing the side-by-side comparison to the public.

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Britney Spears - Making the Video - Toxic

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This clip comes from a 2004 episode of MTV's "Making the Video". It features Britney Spears and director Joseph Kahn taking the audience through the video-making process of her song "Toxic". The sexual nature of the video and of the production process is clear from the start. "If MTV approves it, which is a big if, I think you're going to get a nice treat," the director describes. 

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Charlie's Angels - Full Throttle

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The first video is a trailer that was produced as a way to promote Charlie's Angels Full Throttle. The blockbuster film of 2003 was a sequel to 2000's Charlie's Angeles, which itself was based upon a popular 1970s television show. Played by Drew Barrymore, Cameron Diaz, and Lucy Lui, the crime-fighting Angels team is portrayed as an elite female unit that is courageous and strong. They're also not afraid to use their good looks and sexual prowess as a way to trick their unwitting enemies into getting caught. The sequel features the three Angels taking on a former colleague, played by Demi Moore.

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