Then + Now: TV Teen Dramas

At the risk of sounding like a crotchety old twit at age 23, I have to say: Ad campaigns for TV dramas that target teen girls seem incredibly raunchy these days. I grew up watching quirky, grungy 90’s protagonists like Angela from My So-Called Life (premiered 1994), Clarissa of Clarissa Explains it All (1991) and Spike from Degrassi […]

Then + Now: Celebrating YOU

The January 1975 cover of Ms. (left) celebrated International Women’s Year by using a mirror to evoke the reaction, “Holy moly! I’m on the cover of Ms.!” Thirty-two years later, in 2007, Time magazine declared “YOU” its “Person of the Year” (right) in recognition of the ascent of YouTube and other information-sharing networks. Both covers […]

Then + Now: The Disembodied Woman

Many thanks to our reader who wrote in comparing a Spike TV ad for a sitcom about college football (left, featured in the No Comment section of the Winter issue of Ms.) to this 1978 Hustler cover (right). Appears that, after 32 years, we’re still hanging women up like pieces of meat. Thanks a lot, […]

Then + Now: Binaca

This Binaca ad (left) we found in the the April ’73 issue of Ms. seems incredibly wholesome–and feminist–compared to this ad in Rolling Stone (right) that Ms. ran as a “No Comment” in our most recent issue.  It’s too bad Binaca now believes in “sex sells” over “sisterhood sells”…