Hypersexualization of Women


16 Aug 2013

Is Sheryl Sandberg "Leaning In" to Hypocrisy?

Despite declaring herself a feminist and penning a best-selling treatise on women succeeding in the workplace, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg has reinforced the criticism that she lives in a rarified air, giving advice to women with whom she has little in common and whose struggles she does not understand.  As well, that she is content to remain a rare female high-roller in the boys’ club...

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30 Jul 2013

Daily Beast Insults both Diane Lane and Hillary Clinton Because…?

Way to go, Daily Beast. Thanks for a slap in search of a story. Stating that actress Diane Lane cannot do any more than smolder because she is “far too sexy” to portray Hillary Clinton in NBC’s upcoming miniseries is like saying the glamorous comedienne Mo’Nique would never be able to pull off her Oscar-winning turn as an abusive mother in Precious.  That’s why they call it acting.  Never...

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03 Jun 2013

Are Women Breadwinners Signaling An End To Society As We Know It?

Watching Lou Dobbs’ all-male panel on FOX News freak out over the news that women are sole or primary breadwinners in 4 in 10 households with kids, you’d have thought the world had ended.  While these men encompass both ends of the political spectrum, the money quote was conservative Erick Erickson’s contention that men have the “dominant role” in society while women are “complementary.”  Like...

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25 Apr 2013

Dove’s “Real Beauty Sketches” vs. Beyoncé and Big Media – Objectification Wins Every Time

Dove’s “Real Beauty Sketches” YouTube has gone viral with over 30 million views and tells us that women are their own worst enemies when it comes to assessing their looks.  Yet, in a society where men control the conversation at all levels of entertainment, advertising, news, commentary, and yes, politics, how can women not be predisposed to see themselves as they have been conditioned?  In...

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09 Apr 2013

Why President Obama’s Sexist Remark about Kamala Harris Matters

We live in a society attracted, even addicted, to pretty packaging.  That is unlikely to change.  Notwithstanding those with a seeming compulsion to praise or deride others’ appearance, our leaders and elected officials need to lead by example, not use their bully pulpits to further stereotyped perceptions.  At a California fundraiser last week, President Obama offered up the following description of California Attorney General Kamala...

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27 Mar 2013

Victoria's Secret…Are They Really Marketing to Teens and Tweeners?

Having heard the latest uproar caused by Victoria’s Secret’s Bright Young Things lingerie line, I decided to check it out for myself.  Many parents are outraged by what they see as a blatant attempt to market sexy lingerie and undies to their underage daughters. The attached video from ABC News makes clear, by showing underwear models in close-up shots that give the impression you are...

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26 Feb 2013

"We Saw Your Boobs" at the Oscars – Seth MacFarlane's Sexism, Biting Satire or Both?

Seth MacFarlane performed what is likely Hollywood’s most thankless job Sunday night — hosting the Oscars.  Right on cue, his bad reviews came in.  Buzzfeed, among many other publications such as Daily Beast, did a takedown of his “juvenile” material and his nine most sexist moments.  Not being familiar with Mr. MacFarlane’s work, I have no stake whatsoever in defending or attacking  him, but have a different...

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20 Feb 2013

Hypersexualizing Women Leads to Self-Objectification, More Destructive and Prevalent than Society Admits

Images of Rihanna nestled close to fiancé Chris Brown at the Grammys last week were disturbing, considering he had previously punched her in the face, bitten and beaten her, even tattooing what appeared to be an image of the same on his neck.  Beyoncé’s recent half-time show at the Super Bowl was called “sexy” by pundits, but could just as easily be called hyper-sexualized. No...

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