Consumer culture

Beauty and the Feast

Beauty and the Feast
Article by Juliana Tringali, Illustrated by Carrie Christian, appeared in issue Taste & Appetite; published in 2003; filed under Consumer culture; tagged advertising, appetite, beauty, beauty products, craving, diet, eating, food, guilt, hunger, skin care.
The Cosmetic Industry's Female Feeding Frenzy

The first thing you see is food. a breastlike dome of cake towers at the top of t­he ad, frosted pink with a raspberry on top. “It’s like dessert for your legs,” declares the text, and just in case this copy wasn’t clear, below it a pair of cellulite-free gams balances a bottle of Skintimate After-Shave Gel in lieu of icing.

Editors' Letter: Taste & Appetite

Appetite for Deconstruction

From the ancient Greeks to the current Queer Eyes, the cocktail of knowledge, ideals, aesthetics, and manners that makes up the concept of taste has served as a tireless organizing principle for a class-based society (and really, is there any other kind?). Like all organizing principles, taste is a construction rather than a law of nature: It’s almost impossible to say why, for instance, we believe it’s in good taste to put flatware in a certain order, or in bad taste to wear vinyl pants to your cousin’s wedding. 


Bodies of Work

An interview with Susan Bordo by Lisa Jervis, appeared in issue Maturity & Immaturity; published in 2003; filed under Consumer culture; tagged advertising, body image, eating disorders, gender, media.
"Analysis is hard, it's complicated, and it disturbs the comfortable simplicity of familiar worldviews." So writes Susan Bordo, professor of English and women's studies at the University of Kentucky. And she should know: Her incisive writings on a wide variety of topics cut through thickets of controversy and rhetoric to produce a fine, elegant, and, above all, resonant analysis.

Rules of Play

Article by Lisa Jervis, Andi Zeisler, appeared in issue Maturity & Immaturity; published in 2003; filed under Consumer culture.

To stroll the aisles of your local Toys “R” Us is to venture into the heart of gender darkness. Whether you believe that boys emerge from the womb with dump trucks clutched in their tiny fists or see toys as an early means by which kids are trained to hew to culturally determined gender differences, you’ll find plenty of evidence to back you up. (It basically comes down to how you interpret all that pink.) 


Expert Opinion

An interview with India Reed Kotis by Ayun Halliday, appeared as a sidebar in the article 'Rules of Play' in issue Maturity & Immaturity; filed under: Consumer culture; tagged: children, gender roles, gender stereotyping, play, toys.

Ten Things to Hate About Jane

Article by Andi Zeisler, Lisa Jervis, Rita Hao, appeared in issue Fighting Back; published in 1998; filed under Consumer culture; tagged advertising, body image, fashion, Jane, magazines, publishing, sassy.

When we heard that Jane Pratt, the former editor of Sassy—the sharp, celebrated teen mag that above all was absolutely unwilling to pull its readers into the spiral of insecurity and product consumption so endemic to all others in the genre—was launching a new grown-up glossy, we, along with other feminist pop culture junkies nationwide, squealed with excitement. Then Jane launched. And we weren’t excited anymore. Here’s why.

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