Friday reading list

 I came across a few good reads this week that I wanted to share:

Your Tango: Is TV biased against female sexuality?

The message in the ad discussed here is that “women deserve sexual satisfaction.” Now that’s a much different message than the one girls usually get from advertising, which is that they exist to provide sexual satisfaction to males. So, an antidote?

Pigtail Pals blog: Smoke, mirrors and princesses

A reader of the anti-gender stereotyping blog declares, “I am a Guerrilla Pigtail Pal, and my developing specialty is in dismantling the smoke and mirrors of corporate childhood.”

Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood blog: A tale of two school districts

A school district in Minnesota votes to allow school lockers to become advertising billboards, and why it’s a mistake.

Weighty Matters blog: The “but parents can just say no” argument 
Wall Street Journal: Keeping kids’ consumerism in check

LA Times: The news is, that pitch was paid for

Exposing paid promos on local television news stations, including toy pitches to parents.

Dr. Robyn: Would you speak up or would you let your child say these words with the rest of the team?

Parents object to a racy cheer for little girls, and as a result their 6-year-old gets kicked off the cheerleading team.


  1. There are dark forces around us.They know our desires and instincts.They know how we survive.They focus on an urge useful to our survival.Fear, for example, that we need when we are threatened so we hightail our tush away from danger.They create fear in us so they can control us, take away our liberty, sell us war, like Obusha.Or hunger. They use the urge to eat to sell us poisons like Coke, Pepsi, and McDogfood.Or, as you show, our sexuality, also necessary for the survival of our species. What ought to be a joyous celebration of our humanity, they turn into foul corruption, to sell us trinkets and false images.As much as they try to rule us, we have people like you, Erin, who lead us out of enslaved depravity to enlightenment. And no path is better than the maternal path.Das Ewig Weibliche Zieht Uns Hinan

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