Look good in ALL you do?

The media has grown enormously over the past 10 years. Tv shows, the news, movies, newspapers, social media sites and ads are all used to entertain, inform and stay connected with people across the globe. For the most part this is perceived in a good light. There is, however, a flip side to this. In the media today, there is an increasing amount of objectification and sexism towards women for heterosexual men to consume.

Women: Barbies or Humans?

From the first Barbie in 1959 to the millions of advertisements in the 21st century, women have never been portrayed or conveyed in the way that they should be. Not only is it common for women to be considered and used as objects in commercials, flyers, and billboards in North America, but it is also frequent in South America. Kitadol is a medicine company out of Chile that released an advertisement in April of 2013 of an objectified woman lifting weights in a gym while being touched by two men and stared at by three other men, as if they have complete power over her.

Is Stupid the New Smart?

Award winner of Cannes Festival 2010, yet banned from public posters by the Advertising Standards Authority, Diesel’s controversial “Be Stupid” campaign focuses on pushing the boundaries of socially constructed ideals by creating a thought-provoking advertisement in an attempt to depict "a very strong and unexpected image of femininity" to encourage “stupidity” that is the liberation from typical gender roles (Sweney).

Destined to Be His Toy

When thinking of shower gels, hygiene and cleanliness are typically the first words that come to mind. However, Axe’s promotion of its new grooming product will make you think otherwise. According to its advertisement published in 2012, “the cleaner you are, the dirtier you get.”


Forgivable Woman

This image from 2007 is advertising a fragrance for women by Sean John called 'Unforgivable Woman'. In the photo, a man is forcing himself onto a woman. He is pushing her against a wall and kissing her neck. The woman seems to be attempting to resist him, since her arm is raised, but clearly he is too overpowering for her. There isn't joy in her expression; instead, there is pain. The picture shows a railing for a staircase leading down, meaning that she is perhaps being brought into a seclude and dark basement where she won’t be able to get help.

Am i thin enough?


In the CBC article “The worst thing you could do is stare: Raising awareness about vitiligo” the journalist Shari Okeke talks about Aiesha Robinson’s medical condition, known as ‘vitiligo’. Since her diagnosis with this medical condition, Aiesha has begun to accept this condition; she is now a model and runs a non-profit organization to help others and to raise awareness about her condition. Through her years of first discovering her disorder, she became afraid that no one would love her – she confided in her older brother.

Breaking the Barrier


     “The Star” article titled “She was afraid to leave the house -- how one woman overcame social phobia” was written on the 6th of February 2017 by Jonathan Forani, a staff reporter. The article is found in the “Life - Health and Wellness” section of the news website. The writer describes Earla Dunbar and her struggle with social phobia and depression as well as the documentary created about her life titled “In the Spotlight” by Katie Cooper. Social phobia is also known as social anxiety disorder and is characterized by a fear of social situations.

When will poverty no longer exist in Canada?


Homelessness has been an issue in Canada for a long time and it seems to be worsening. The rise of homeless families has increased by half in the past 10 years. The article "Canada Experiencing Alarming Growth in Child Homelessness" was written by André Picard, published by the Globe and Mail on February 15 2016.

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