Miley: The College Course???
Gender stratification and the hyper-commodification of childhood
Transitions to adulthood
What happens to Disney stars as they age (see Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, and more)
Allies and appropriation
Uses of culture across race, class, and gender
Bisexuality, queerness, and the female body
Some Calling Snickers Ad Sexist Even Though Seemingly Pro-Woman
A new ad for Snickers released in Australia is drawing complaints that it’s sexist, even though its message is seemingly against the objectification of women. The ad shows catcalling construction workers yelling empowering statements to women passing by, like, “You want to hear a dirty word? Gender bias!” But then the joke is revealed that they aren’t being themselves because they’re hungry, with the idea being that it’s normal for men to shout out crude come-ons. Critics are saying it’s not only sexist toward men in its portrayal of them, but also toward the women who are supposed to be flattered and amused by strange men yelling at them, just because the message is a positive one.
And, Our Favorite Snickers Commercial….
School District Settles with Girl Over Viewing Her Facebook, Email Accounts
A Minnesota school district has settled a lawsuit brought by a now 15-year-old girl represented by the American Civil Liberties Union that claimed school officials violated her constitutional rights by viewing her Facebook and email accounts without permission when she was a sixth-grade middle school student, agreeing to pay Riley Stratton $70,000. Stratton was given detention after posting disparaging comments about a teacher’s aide on her Facebook page, even though she was at home at the time and not using school computers. The ACLU also said school officials viewed Stratton’s email conversations with a boy because of a complaint the two were using computers to talk about sex. The school district contends it believed it had permission from a parent to view Stratton’s cellphone, but they didn’t have a signed consent form, which is now required. The lawsuit claimed Stratton fell behind on her schoolwork because she was too upset and embarrassed to go to school. In addition to damages, the lawsuit sought an order that would stop school officials from trying to regulate or discipline students based on speech made outside of school hours and off school property.
Gwyneth Portrays Being Actress Mom as Tougher Than Office Job Mom
This is why people don’t like Gwyneth Paltrow. The 41-year-old actress famously has a lot of haters, and just when they might have had a little bit of sympathy for Paltrow because of the news of her divorce — even though it was announced with a weird “conscious uncoupling” statement — she’s said something that’s sure to ramp up the anti-Gwyneth feeling. In a new interview with E! News, Paltrow portrayed being a movie star mother as tougher than being a mother with a 9-to-5 office job. The mother of nine-year-old Apple and seven-year-old Moses said, “I think it’s different when you have an office job, because it’s routine and, you know, you can do all the stuff in the morning and then you come home in the evening. When you’re shooting a movie, they’re like, ‘We need you to go to Wisconsin for two weeks,’ and then you work 14 hours a day and that part of it is very difficult. I think to have a regular job and be a mom is not as, of course there are challenges, but it’s not like being on set.”