Media tagged Gender

Fight Like a Girl t-shirt

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This short-sleeved black t-shirt has “fight like a girl” and a breast cancer ribbon in pink lettering on the front. The t-shirt is made by active wear clothing brand Ideology and is sold through clothing retailer Macys.

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Flo-TV Ad - Spineless

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This commercial advertises FLO TV, Qualcomm’s mobile live television service and accompanying device. The commercial first premiered during the 2010 Super Bowl telecast. In the commercial, sportscaster Jim Nantz is reporting an “injury report” on a man named Jason, who is shown shopping in various sections of a department store with his girlfriend. Jason is shown holding several shopping bags while she shops for bras and underwear, and later, they sniff scented candles together. His “injury,” described by Nantz, is that Jason’s girlfriend has “removed his spine, rendering him incapable of watching the game.” After a plug for the ability to watch live sporting events anywhere you are through FLO TV, the sportscaster says, “change out of that skirt, Jason,” while Jason and his girlfriend are shown in the background discussing a red bra at the cash register.

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Free to Be You and Me

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Free To Be… You And Me was a project spanning multiple media (including a book, record album, and TV special) from the early 1970s. The main message of Free To Be is gender equality among children and their parents.  Developed by actress Marlo Thomas and feminist publication Ms. magazine, Free To Be was a reaction to rigid sex roles and cultural values of the 1950s and 1960s. Free To Be was the first children’s media project of its kind to actively confront sexual and racial stereotypes.

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Frida Kahlo - NPR

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In this interview with Judy Chicago, the artist discusses a book she wrote with art historian Frances Borzello about the paintings of Frida Kahlo. Chicago describes the project as an effort to assert Kahlo's place in an otherwise "male centered" art history. She describes a systematic erasure of female painters from the "mainstream narrative" art history such that only 3-5% of the works in permanent museum collections were executed by female artists and only 2.5% of solo publications concern female artists. While reviewing the existing literature on Kahlo, Chicago was aggravated to find that many authors interpreted Kahlo's paintings as reactions to events in her relationship with her husband Diego Rivera. To counter this view of female artists as always "re-active," Chicago and Borzello set out to consider the full body of Kahlo's work outside of conventional art historical concerns. By addressing Kahlo as an artist with agency and self-direction, Chicago reveals aspects of art and art-making that are generally kept invisible.

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Girfriends - "Oh Hell No!"

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This compilation of clips from UPN/The CW's Girlfriends (2000-2008) was uploaded to Youtube in 2011. Created by an African American woman, Mara Brock Akil, the show was a highly successful sitcom that was particularly popular during its run with African American young adult women. In this clip, the characters are depicted reacting to any number of situations with the refrain: “Oh, hell no!”

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