March 26, 2010

Earth Hour 2010

I believe that we are doing great harm to this beautiful world, and if we don't change things soon the outcome could be devastating. I realize that sounds a bit dramatic, but its true... our landfills are full and we are constantly trying to come up with new and innovative ways to destroy our trash. 90% of products have extra packaging that isn't needed, that's just extra trash. Our food waste, is atrocious, and no one is eating healthy either. I could go on and on about the travesties that are committing against the earth, but doing this one small thing has a huge impact. It sends a message that you care.

Turn off your lights and electricity for 1 hour, at 8:30 p.m. on March 27, this Saturday

I might be late on the bandwagon for this, but it doesn't matter. Its all about living consciously and being aware of our impact on the earth.
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March 24, 2010

I'm pretty sure I was born in the wrong decade

March 11, 2010

Yeah, I parrrrty....

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March 10, 2010

Blog 7

Eating Disorders can be anything from bulimia to anorexia to anything in between. A eating disorder changes the way you think about food and changes the way you eat or don't eat. Lives can be shattered if eating disorders remain untreated.
Fashion has a HUGE impact on eating disorders. The fashion designers make clothes in "sample sizes" and as a model one has to be able to fit the clothes to wear them down a runway. The problem is that the clothes are made in the smallest sizes: 00,0,2,4. If a model can't fit the clothes she has no work. The magazines want to feature the clothes, but again, must find models that fit the sample sizes to feature them. This spreads the image of thin models all over the media. Thus, sending the wrong message to women and girls everywhere.
I honestly feel that the fashion industry is the leader in creating eating disorders worldwide. Fashion leads to film and the music industry. The fashion designers create the clothes the actresses and musicians wear, and again, they create them small. If the entertainer can fit the sample size, then usually she can wear the item for free. Who doesn't like free clothes?

March 9, 2010

Bathing Suit Time!!

Those amazing bathing suits are sold here. Too bad, they cost an arm and a leg, the one-peice is 499.99, Who can afford that? I hope that I'll be able to someday...

March 6, 2010

Paper #1

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Christina Escamilla

Professor Yaisa Mann

WS 34.13.001

March, 5 2010

Paper #1

Part 1

The beauty myth is that beautiful women are more successful at reproducing than ugly women, and therefore men go for the women who are more attractive. Attractiveness is highly valued in our society, if a woman is really beautiful she is in high demand. Wolf calls the “Beauty” myth a currency system that is similar to the gold standard. (Wolf 1991: 12) Every society has different ideals of beauty, some cultures value large women because it means they are healthy and eats well, while the United State’s culture values thin women because it is linked to high society. Ideals of beauty of changed over time, but beauty itself is not a form of evolution, but that of sexual selection. Wolf states, “The beauty myth is not about women at all. It is about men’s institutions and institutional power.” (Wolf 1991:13)

Figure 1- Paleolithic Venus

Pop culture has a very interesting relationship with body image. Pop culture creates the public’s opinion of body image and what is acceptable or not. Susan Boyle was considered ugly when she won Britain’s talent competition. Soon after she won she received a complete make-over to make her more acceptable. When she first stepped on stage, based on her appearance no one thought she would be able to sing well. She proved the stereotype wrong; you can be unattractive and still be talented.

Figure 2- Susan Boyle

The caption that came along with this picture, stats that Susan Boyle’s makeover was a success, but does one need a makeover to be considered a success? Our current culture places a lot of emphasis on beauty and thinness. Wolf once stated, “To ask women to become unnaturally thin is to ask them to relinquish their sexuality.” Figure 1 is thought to represent fertility, but other theories have been made, one theory is that the figures represent young attractive virgins that were desirable to that culture. (Willett 2010) I think that our society needs to revaluate what is deemed attractive and unattractive.

Part 2

Women are being portrayed negatively in advertising at an alarming rate. This ad by Dolce and Gabbana features a woman being held down by a shirtless man while she thrusts her pelvic up in the air. This image suggests that women want to be held down and perhaps even gang raped. This advertisement was featured in Esquire magazine. “Cultural representation of glamorized degradation has created a situation among the young in which boy’s rape and girls get raped as a normal course of events.” (Wolf 1991: 167)

Figure 3- Dolce and Gabbana Ad

This advertisement offends me because it perpetuates violence against women. It promotes the idea that violence is acceptable towards women. The ad doesn’t promote eating disorders; instead it is focused on the strength of the men and the weakness of the woman. Then women does silence women, the woman looks completely ambivalent to what is happening to her, she does not seem to be fighting back or struggling. This advertisement normalizes behavior for men, essentially promoting this type of behavior. Wolf states that, “The asymmetry of the beauty myth tells men and women lies about each other’s bodies, to keep them sexually estranged.” (Wolf 1991: 152)

Around campus there aren't any explicit advertisements that advocate smoking or drinking, but on campus corner several bars have signs that are sponsored by beer companies. I don’t believe that the advertisements promote negative behavior, but more along the lines of college behavior. College lifestyles are seen to be promiscuous and revolve around drinking. The excess drinking can lead to bad decisions.

Part 3

The Dove campaign for real beauty has tons of positive advertisements. This one featuring an older woman is one of my favorites. It promotes natural beauty and natural aging. The message being sent is that wrinkles are beautiful and part of a natural process. This advertisements goes against the stereotypes are promoted in most advertisements. Most beauty companies advertise for anti-wrinkle products. The fact that this women still looks beautiful defies the myth that wrinkles and old age is unattractive. Dove is promoting femininity and empowering women by featuring this older woman. Wolf sums up her position “The fact is, women are not actually dangerous to one another. Outside the myth, other women look at lot like natural allies. In order for women to learn to fear one another, we had to be convinced that our sisters possess some kind of mysterious, potent secret weapon to be used against us- the imaginary weapon being “beauty”. (Wolf 1991: 284) This brings me to conclude, that if women stood up against negative advertisements, we could bring change to our communities.

Figure 4

This is a new documentary about America's obsession with beauty.


Wolf, N. (1991). The Beauty myth. New York City, New York: William Murrow and Comp.

Willett, Martin. (2010). in praise of big women. Retrieved from

March 2, 2010

Girls, you should buy all this stuff, like now.

This honestly just makes me sad. Why are advertisers allowed to market to girls like this?