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):