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Though we generally notice the more egregious offenses, when a magazine cover barely resembles the celebrity it’s supposed to portray, we’re so jaded that we let it fly, much as we accept that a Picasso is going to kind of look just about person-esque.

Now scientists at Dartmouth can identify precisely how cubist a cover photo has become on a scale of 1 to 5. Continue reading

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The manliest manly-man soda known to man

Have you ever hit “pause” on your romantic comedy, set your Diet Dr. Pepper down on the coffee table (cautiously, so as not to smudge your nail polish), and said to your vacuous, tittering girlfriends, “This diet drink isn’t doing … Continue reading

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Fat acceptance, circa 1957

Hell yeah, she can look just as pretty as her less generously proportioned friends. She can also be as happy as a hit with a rollicking beat, and she can have a tummy and still look yummy. And those dresses … Continue reading

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Pro-slavery propaganda from the 1800s USA

Oh. My. God. Thanks to LoriAdorable’s Twitter stream, I learn that in the early 1800s, pro-slavery authors reacted to the anti-slavery classic Uncle Tom’s Cabin by writing their own pro-slavery propaganda. I guess that makes sense. What’s really cool is … Continue reading

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Awesome Size 12 Model Wins Silly American Apparel Contest

Recently, Jill wrote here on Feministe about Nancy Upton, the awesome size 12 lady who entered a silly beauty contest from American Apparel by taking awesome pictures of herself in foody positions. (You can find pictures by clicking here, or … Continue reading

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Meet American Apparel’s New Plus-Sized Models

UPDATE: Duh, read Nancy’s blog. She’s mocking American Apparel and the whole contest. So now I can 100% say: Nice work! I am behind it, ranch dressing cumshots and all. ___________________________________________ American Apparel is having a plus-sized model contest. The … Continue reading

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Bebe launches “workwear”, assumes “celebutante” is actual job

Bebe, the clothing store best known for selling skin-tight minidresses and shirts with word bebe (strictly in all lower case) in rhinestones across the bust has decided to branch out into something they’re calling workwear. I freely concede that since … Continue reading

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Welcome to the Dollhouse: Men and Beauty Products

Back when pretty much the only men wearing makeup were either rock lords or Boy George, I privately came up with the guideline that if any particular piece of grooming was something women generally performed while men generally didn’t, I … Continue reading

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Cru cut

See also: 2 Live Cru, Grand Cru, J.Cru, Late-’90s Hip-Hop Group Cru More from the world of marketing: We won’t have the Campus Crusade for Christ to kick around anymore. Don’t get excited–they’re still going to be around, loving you … Continue reading

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Hail to the no.

Summer’s Eve has a new ad campaign out, and it’s epic. Sensational. It’s the 300 of feminine-hygiene product TV commercials. No more walks on the beach. Screw some flowy, white linen trousers. You are strong. You are powerful. You are … Continue reading

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Breaking: Blood is Red

Even when it comes out of your vagina. American menstrual product manufacturers have finally taken notice, and menstruators across the United States are thrilled to learn that they are not, in fact, freaks of nature because they don’t bleed blue.

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Dove: Visibly More White Beautiful Skin

So this ad actually happened: Start out as a not-skinny black lady, morph into a racially ambiguous brunette, end up a thin blonde! This body wash is magic.

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