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Target Women - You're Old

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Target Women was a comedic segment written by Sarah Haskins and produced for the Current TV show Infomania from 2007-2010. The aim of Target Women was to provide a social commentary related to a diverse set of products, advertising, and media aimed at American women. In this segment, Haskins takes on the issue of "getting old". She pokes fun at a variety of pharmaceutical products and their advertisements as she explores the ways in which getting old is depicted in contemporary media.

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The Bechdel Test for Women in the Media

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This video, produced by "Feminist Frequency," explains the concept of the “Bechdel Test.” The Bechdel test, created by Alison Bechdel, is a way to evaluate films with respect to their treatment of women. A film must meet the following criteria to pass the Bechdel test: (1) it has to have at least two women in it, who (2) who talk to each other, about (3) something besides a man. The video from Feminist Frequency describes how countless blockbusters films, as well as some of the industry's most noted products, do not pass this simple test. It speaks to the dominance of male writers and producers in the entertainment industry. 

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The Stand At Standing Rock

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This short documentary video introduces viewers to the leaders and controversy surrounding opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline (sometimes called DAPL). The video explores North Dakota’s oil boom, and the pipeline company’s decision to reroute the DAPL away from a predominantly white community and instead cross the Standing Rock Sioux lands. Tribal leaders and anti-DAPL activists explain how this pipeline construction will disturb ancestral burial grounds, and be an unfair imposition upon their lands—paralleling historical patterns where tribal lands have been taken or destroyed in pursuit of resources. They explain how the Sacred Stone Camp was established to oppose the pipeline construction, and how the North Dakota government and police have supported the oil company and allowed them to commit acts of violence and arrest peaceful protestors.

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Thigh Gap Jeans

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This video, by JustBoobs sketch comedy group parodies the idea that women need to have “thigh gaps” or wear clothes that create thigh gaps in order to be attractive. The video starts with a girl walking to up to her friend telling her that she looks great, and her friend responds that it’s because of her new “thigh gap jeans.” The camera zooms out to show that she is wearing jeans that have a painful looking built-in separator between her thighs. She touches it briefly and says, “ouch,” before her friend says in exaggerated happiness, “Wow, you look amazing! And I thought the thigh gap was an unattainable beauty myth championed by the media to lower women’s self-esteem and make them easier targets for advertising!” She responds cheerily, “Yup! And the scars are a constant reminder of the sins of my womanly figure.” The rest of the video proceeds as if it is a commercial for the fictional store Thigh Gap, referencing bags and logos from clothing store The Gap, and showing other women similarly unhappy with their appearances and feeling better after wearing the thigh gap jeans.

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This is What a Feminist Looks Like

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This video was produced by an organization called the Feminist Majority Foundation. It features several celebrities all describing their own definitions of what it means to be a feminist. Motioning toward themselves and their friends, each of the men and women featured in the video is happy to declare that, "This is what a feminist looks like." The aim of the video is to show the great diversity -- in terms of age, ethnicity and gender -- among those who all consider themselves to be feminists.

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