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2nd August 2010

The Beauty Advantage

by Rachel

I meant to post this the other week, but that pesky thing called life got in the way and I back-burnered it.  Newsweek has put together an awesome special feature on the advantages (and yes, even disadvantages) of being beautiful and how it can affect our lives, careers and health.  There are a lot of great multimedia links to follow, but here’s a few that caught my attention:

(And in my own addendum on the subject, I highly recommend Kathy Peiss’ Hope in a Jar: The Making of America’s Beauty Culture and — what I consider the definitive work on the history of American cultural beauty standards — Lois W. Banner’s American Beauty: A Social History…Through Two Centuries of the American Idea, Ideal, and Image of the Beautiful Woman.)

I think that most of us would agree that lookism is A Bad Thing, but surprisingly, in a survey conducted by Newsweek, only 46 percent of the public said they would favor a law making hiring discrimination based on appearance illegal.  Is this a case of a deluded public who’s bought the beauty myth hook, line and sinker?  Or could it be a pragmatic public realizing the practicalities of such a law difficult to enforce?   Your thoughts on this and the other columns and galleries in Newsweek’s special feature on beauty?

posted in Body Image, Fashion, Fat Bias, Feminist Topics, Pop Culture, Rachel, vintage ads | 4 Comments

5th April 2010

More fun with vintage advertising

by Rachel

If you thought last week’s vintage ads were fun, check out these.

Alternate title: Give this Nutrament coupon to a skinny friend and watch her skinny ass dump you.

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Hmm…  Nipple bra: $2,000.  Ice cubes: Free.

posted in Rachel, vintage ads | 19 Comments

30th March 2010

Fun with vintage advertising

by Rachel

Hungry?  You won’t be after you check out these absolutely stomach-churning vintage food advertisements.

Hold the anchovies.  How about some tasty tuna pizza?

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There’s a reason why Mom’s Fish Loaf never caught on.

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This tomato soup-covered charred frisbee is somehow supposed to be a pizza?

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Radioactive mac-and-cheese, anyone?

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Child abuse, 1960s housewife-style

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If Ohio ever legalizes civil unions/gay marriage, I’m totally making this for my friend Ryan’s bachelor party.

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Answering the question of what zombies would eat if zombies ate Spam.

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Sack O’ Sauce in a Can O’ Meat?  No wonder it was such an “exclusive” — and no doubt, short-lived — invention.

posted in Food Culture, Food History, Rachel, vintage ads | 33 Comments

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