No Comment: Federal Student Aid’s Offensive Tweet


Today, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Twitter account tweeted the message at left. It references a scene from Bridesmaids in which Kristen Wiig’s character gets drunk on an airplane and tries to sneak into first class. But while both Bridesmaids and Kristen Wiig are hilarious, using them to make light of poverty and U.S. […]

No Comment: Target Practice on the Scantily Clad Zombie Ex-Girlfriend


“Be warned, hell hath no fury like a woman scorned but a man scorned is nothing to mess with!” For less than $100 you can now buy “The Ex” for target practice, a life-sized mannequin of a woman that bleeds when you shoot it. The product is “hand painted … to give you that realistic look.” […]

NO COMMENT: Have I Been Driving a Honda ‘He’ All This Time?!

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Ladies, do you feel like your car isn’t the right fit for you? Are you tired of testosterone-tainted colors such as black, blue or silver? Do the complicated controls and audio system confuse you? Do you even know where those are? Then girl, here’s the right car for you: Honda Fit She’s, like a new […]

NO COMMENT: Even Tweens Can Be Sexualized for Halloween

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Halloween costumes have somehow managed to breach a new level of offensive. Spirit Halloween, a company that has hundreds of stores nationwide, has been getting a little bit too creative with descriptions of their online costumes–particularly ones aimed at tween girls. Not only do they seem to think that teens should look sexy, but that […]

No Comment: The Singapore-Mentos Hookup

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Every August 9, Singapore celebrates National Day, a commemoration of when the country gained its independence from Malaysia in 1965. And now, thanks to the mint brand Mentos, Singaporeans have another event to celebrate on August 9: National Night. Inspired by the country’s decreasing birth rate, Mentos teamed up with the Singaporean government to produce […]

No Comment: Grilled Cheese and a Side of Trivialization

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What’s up with the food industry trivializing domestic violence? Last February, a passerby snapped a photo of a chalkboard (top) in the window of Smiths, a Philadelphia bar and restaurant that provides “friendly yet stellar service.” The not-so-friendly chalkboard read: “I like my beer like I like my violence … Domestic.” A month later, Chops & Hops in […]

No Comment: “Reclaim Your Wife”


If your wife is breastfeeding your newborn, you need to GET HER BACK. So instructs an ad campaign for a baby bottle manufacturer, ostensibly targeted to new fathers, which hearkens back to the days when men could count women among their possessions. Bittylab, a company helmed by a woman, tells men to “reclaim” their wives from […]

No Comment: Lush Protests Torture of Animals with Simulated Torture of Woman


We’ve long ceased to be surprised by PETA’s tendency to fetishize violence against women and objectify us in their ad campaigns. But now Lush, the British cosmetics chain we thought was ethical and progressive, has decided to follow suit. The company is circulating a video of a publicity stunt–oops, we mean, “performance art”–filmed at its flagship U.K. […]

No Comment, Newcastle: “Not an Attractive Woman”

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Under direction of its new ad agency, Droga5, the makers of U.K. beer Newcastle Brown Ale have invested in their first national TV spot. Launched April 2, the “No Bollocks” ad appears at first to be a dull and drawn out demonstration of the beer brewing process. But … wait for it … there’s a […]

No Comment: Boys Want Success, Girls Want Boys


A new Acuvue contact lens commercial aimed at teens reinforces both gender and racial stereotypes. The teens look forward to their futures. For the boys, these involve future career success—notice the African American teen dreams of being a famous athlete, while the white boy’s future involves moving up the corporate career ladder. And what does […]