“Saudi women defy authorities on driving ban,” Al Jazeera America, Oct. 26, 2013
The law does not prevent women from driving in the “holy country” of Saudi Arabia, they simply are not issued a license. Religious clerics claim that driving puts the pelvis in a position that is harmful to ovaries. Women may ride with a male relative or hire a driver. It is unclear why the position of passenger is safe for ovaries but the position of driver is not.
Women have protested the driving ban before but this year’s campaign is considered the most successful to date. More than 60 women participated and 13 made videos of themselves driving. Several women activists received phone calls from a top official connected to the interior minister warning them not to participate. Aziza Youssef, a professor and activist, said that she was followed by two suspicious cars. No arrests have been reported.
Read the full article here: http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2013/10/26/saudi-women-claimtogetbehindthewheeldefyingcountrysdrivingban.html
Read a related story, “Speed Sisters – The Film,” and see pictures of support for the Saudi women here: http://www.speedsisters.tv/#/story/. “The Speed Sisters are doing something very simple and yet very brave. They are resisting a reality that diminishes their dreams, that tells them their future is small, predictable.”
CNN also reported on the Saudi women drivers at this link:
Miller Lite Catfight
This ad definitely exploits women in many different ways. The two that stuck out the most is that:
1. It displays the stereotype that men gawk over women fighting and believe it to be attractive (similar to men liking mud wrestling fights).
2. It displays that the only thing that country women are good for are fighting. The fact that they are ripping each other’s clothes off and pulling hair is a stereotype that the company is attempting to exploit.
Clairol “The Urge To Herbal”
It’s interesting in how that the company uses a double meaning with this commercial. I believe its purpose was to not only just target women in the professional field but to make a statement. It’s statement was to exhibit that at some point every women gets tied up with a double meaning.
Candies Perfume Ad
I think this ad exploits men a lot more than the previous ads. With a man shower half naked, and the fact that the woman was practically obsessed with him tells the consumers a lot. Looking at the fact that he is attractive, half-naked, and in the shower, will more than likely sell to its consumers.
“Mom’s voice used in search for New York teen”
Avonte Oquendo, an autistic 14, has been missing for the past week. He was last seen running in the hallways of his high school and then out of an unattended side door. Avonte has not been seen since. Vanessa Fontaine, Avonte’s mother has been strong for cameras and the audience around her as well as the rest of the city helping her find her son.
Ms. Fontaine says that everyday after school she greets Avonte, “Hi, Avonte” and he he responds. Her idea was to have a recording of her voice greet Avonte as well as telling him to go towards the emergency truck, car, or van that is flashing. Avonte’s family still believes he is alive and will find him.
Influential person: Mother, Vanessa Fontaine
Vanessa Fontaine has not given up in the past week with assurance that get 14 year old autistic child is still alive. Avonte can not verbally communicate well but knows the sound of his mother’s voice.
Mom’s voice used in search for New York teen http://www.cnn.com/2013/10/17/us/new-york-missing-autistic-teen/index.html
1. Miller Lite “Cat Fight”
This ad portrays unflattering stereotypes of men as well as women. The guys are overweight, which may be intended to help sell light beer, and all they can do is gawk at attractive women. The “cat fight” reminds me of bars that use mud wrestling to draw a crowd. At least the blonde lost.
2. Clairol “The Urge to Herbal”
Even for professional women in positions of power, a lawyer and a judge in a courtroom, their fantasy life lies just beneath the surface. Mention the word “urge” and men strut in like Chippendale dancers and the judge needs 2 hands to pound the enlarged gavel.
3. Candies fragrance ad
Women get even by trivializing male fetishes.
Imagining the creative meetings that produced these ads is painful. If ads like these can measurably boost sales it is no wonder that so much money is spent on political campaign ads to influence voters.
It’s late for this assignment to be coming to you, but I’m counting on your being night people and up for it — literally and figuratively.
Please watch the three commercials below. The Miller Lite one is notorious because it exploits women unabashedly.
The other two commercials have been hailed as a breakthrough for women and their images.
React to the three commercials. Perhaps, you’d like to address the question of whether the last two exploit men almost as the first one does women.
Miller Lite “Catfight”:
Clairol “Urge to Herbal”:
Candies fragrance ad:
“Rosin: Men dither while women lead in the world” By Hanna Rosin, Special to CNN, Oct. 11, 2013
This is a blog about an article by a woman on women in politics for a class on women in the media:
The lead photo is Janet Yellen, President Obama’s nominee to head the Federal Reserve. The caption reads: “Hanna Rosin says while men act like children in the shutdown impasse, women leaders are calmly and competently getting the job done.” With Senate approval Yellen will become the first woman to hold this position and possibly, “the most powerful woman in world history.”
For another example of a competent woman in the “macho world of global finance” Rosin quotes Christine Lagarde, chief of the International Monetary Fund on the U.S. crisis: “I hope that in a few weeks’ time, we will look back and say, ‘What a waste of time that was.'” Clearly, the frustration is world-wide. Lagarde told the Wall Street Journal, “So when it’s messy, you get the women in.” She emphasized her point at the Clinton Global Initiative using Iceland’s economy as a model. “After the economy crashed” women took over “the banks, the funds, the government – everything…”
“…the clearest example we have of consistent success during trying times, is a woman,” Angela Merkel, Germany’s chancellor. She has balanced “austerity and growth” to drive unemployment to “an all-time low.” It is no surprise that she is a popular leader as a result. It is also no surprise why Republicans have obstructed Obama’s attempts to do the same. Rosin paints an unflattering picture of the key Republicans at the center of the impasse: House Speaker John Boehner, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Sen. Ted Cruz. She refers to male leaders in general as the “patriarchy” and “men in suits” who use “military metaphors – ‘wage battle,’ ‘refuse to surrender'” to describe their attempts at negotiating.
Our class discussions have shown that throughout history this is the way the male power structure has always done things. I believe Rosin is right; to break the cycle of crisis politics the U.S. should follow Iceland’s example, “and we’d better calmly hand the reins over to the women.”
Read the full article: http://www.cnn.com/2013/10/11/opinion/rosin-women-in-charge/index.html?iref=allsearch
“Editor’s note: Hanna Rosin is the author of “The End of Men: And the Rise of Women,” now out in paperback. She is co-founder of Slate’s DoubleX, a Web magazine about women issues.”
Janet Yellen Nominated
With Ms. Yellen being nominated for the next Head of Central Bank, she says to a BBC reporter that although there has been improvements in the economy over the years with this nomination she intends to strive for more…maximum employment, stable prices, and a stable financial system.
Janet Yellen will be the first woman to head the Federal Reserve making her very influential in this time period!