Annals of Badvertising: Virginia Slims Book of Days (1982)

By | "The Illusionists" documentary, advertising, badvertising, contradictory-messages, hidden propaganda, media, print, print ads, teenagers, women's magazines | One Comment

I quickly glanced at the headline for the Virginia Slims book of Days and I had to read it over at least three times – I simply could not believe it. My first reaction was: this must certainly be meant in irony. I did some research online when I returned home and I’m afraid to say they meant every single word…

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Some Positivity: Girls Inc. "Tell Me"

By | advertising, airbrushing, body, censorship, change for the better, children, contradictory-messages, corporate hypocrisy, exploitation, health, hidden propaganda, image manipulation, media, new markets, PSA, self-image, women's magazines | 2 Comments

Whenever I discuss the issues of beauty, self image and the media – in a critical way – people instantly mention the Dove campaign for “Real Beauty,” invariably saying, “Wasn’t…

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