Sex Sells?

The topic of exploiting women and/or men with sexual imagery to sell/promote a product has caused controversy for a long time.

“These days, graphic sexual images seem more extreme, more pervasive, and more perverse than ever before,” said author and proclaimed feminist, Jean Kilbourne. “Images that used to belong to the world of pornography are now commonplace in family magazines and newspapers, in TV commercials, on billboards, and online.”

In a 2011 presentation regarding advertisers image of women, Kilbourne said the media starts to have an impact on people at a young age by telling them who they are and/or who they should be.

“The ideal is based on absolute flawlessness,” she said. “The most important aspect of this flawlessness is that it cannot be achieved.”

Kilbourne said although the awareness of the issue in our society has gone up, the problem has gotten worse in the past 40 years she’s been doing this.

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Fashion company, Dolce & Gabbana, has been under fire several times for their racy and provocative advertisements. This campaign (shown above) caused so much controversy they were forced to discontinue it.

The entertainment industry in general, has been known for its notorious, overly-sexualized portrayal of people. However, the fashion industry are the ones to push buttons and cross the lines. In 2011, fashion company, Agent Provocateur, released a short film titled “Les Fleurs du Mal” to promote the launch of a new Collection.

“You look how you look,” said actress, Jennifer Lawrence. “Be comfortable. What are you going to do? Be hungry every single day to make other people happy? That’s just dumb.”

-Aaron

Stripes

Hello Fashionista’s!

I’m here to report a MAJOR trend going on for Spring 2013. STRIPES! According to Elle Magazine horizontal and vertical lines dominated the Spring 2013 collections! Designers such as Marc Jacobs (Shown below), Dolce & Gabbana, and Versace were strutting stripes down the runway!

This is one of many examples of what was on the runway for the Spring 2013 collections. This particular piece is a 3-button blazer and a pleated skirt by Marc Jacobs. STUNNING? I think so!

This is one of many examples of what was on the runway for the Spring 2013 collections. This particular piece is a 3-button blazer and a pleated skirt by Marc Jacobs. STUNNING? I think so!

However, those are for the rich and wealthy, us college students need to keep up with the latest trends on a budget! That’s why I’m here. Continue reading