So, I recently bought the June issue of Vanity Fair (with Brad Pitt on the cover). As I slowly made my way through the magazine, I discovered that several of the women photographed by Vanity Fair seemed to have forgotten their pants! All the fellas pictured in the magazine though, managed to remember theirs. It’s one thing that’s starting to really bother me about Vanity Fair, the magazine always includes sexy photo shoots of an actress or female artist of some kind, with some generally very short text about who they are underneath. Often they are actresses who aren’t really well known, and it’s an attempt to get them some publicity. The problem is they’re marketing them as objects, in a way that they don’t publicize men. And usually you have to flip through the objectified photos and ads at the front of the magazine to get to the real articles at the back – flip through the fluff to get to the good stuff. Not cool Vanity Fair, not cool – you should have at least had a pantsless Brad Pitt on the cover to balance everything out.
Anyway, I just watched an excellent documentary called Miss Representation (click on the link to watch it!) on the effect media is having on girls and women, and culture in general. My only criticism of it is that there are a few spots where there are some subtle hints or jokes that women are better than men, and I’m not a fan of that. Feminism has been given a bad name and made out to be that it’s about women thinking that they are better than men, and I think we need to avoid giving that myth any credibility – feminism is about women having equal rights to men, not being better. I also think that there should be a documentary about the effect of mainstream media on men, how it portrays them and how it may affect the way they view and act toward women. Increasingly advertisements are targeting men in a similar way to how they target women – making them feel anxious and insecure in order to sell them products (the beauty industry seems to have really ramped up its advertising toward men). Morgan Spurlock has a documentary called Mansome which explores this topic a little bit, but it doesn’t really go into too much in depth.
Oh capitalism, what will you do to us next!
Vanity Fair – June 2013 Issue (seems to be lacking in pants):
Alright, so, someone I know posted a link to Lush’s so called “Green Policy” on facebook today with a status of “finally a company I can get behind!” – noooooooo, you can’t!!!!!!!
Lush has been bothering me for a while. It’s great that they are doing some things to lessen their impact on the environment – they claim to be using recycled materials, and more efficient practices with their raw materials and transportation, etc. That’s good, but I’m sure most companies are trying to be as efficient as possible with their raw materials, etc., in order to keep costs down and they don’t tout it as being ‘for the environment’. They also have a vegan line, which is good, but it leads people to thinking that their products are somehow more natural when vegan only means they aren’t tested on animals or use animal products.
All of this marketing has people believing that their products are natural and good for the environment when often they’re not. If you read a lot of their ingredient labels they have things like sodium laureth sulfate, benzoates, and parabens. They’re mixed in with nice things like ‘organic tea tree oil’ or whatever, but they’re still there. Just search some of the chemically-sounding ingredients in the Skin Deep Cosmetic Database if you don’t know much about them.
But of course their products are full of chemicals, just look at them! All those bright colors, and fragrances so powerful some people can’t even go in the store. I realize it’s hard to have all natural ingredients, especially if you want things to go all foamy and do fun things, but I think they could certainly make much more of an effort to remove some of these unnecessary chemical ingredients and stop the misleading advertising. Read the rest of this entry