Wednesday, December 07, 2005

The Random Collection

29/11/05
The front page of the Sun newspaper, which I am rudely reading over the shoulder of a fellow passenger, has two pictures. One is a still from the dreadful video depicting the abuse of naked (male) Royal Marines, with a suitably disgusted tagline. Next to this repugnant scene, the Sun has put a picture of a young woman, apparently unclothed, with a caption across her breasts reading 'Kelly Naked!' What does it mean to have pictures of scantily clad young women all over newspapers, magazines and billboards in a society in which nakedness is a sign of humiliation, degredation and vulnerability?

Undated supermarket musing
A friend pointed out to me that the voice instructing the customer to go to a particular till in Marks and Spencers is gendered according to the sex of the person serving the till. So if the cashier at Till 6 is female, the voice intoning 'please go to Till 6' is feminine. Can't help but wonder why it is so carefully done. If a male voice asked a customer to approach Till 6, but then the customer found a woman at said till, would the customer be overcome with confusion and be unable to type their pin number?


06/12/05
I've only got a damned cold- how come I feel so lousy? Bleugh. Time for tea, chocolate, scones and much reading in bed. Oh and copious self-pity, of course.

07/12/05

This advert has a partner advert of a man in tribal make up. On that piccie, however (which I can't find online damnit), the section of the screen over his face shows it free of cosmetics. The caption on both is 'See things as they really are'. So the Japanese woman 'as she really is' has a made up face; artifice is her reality. Underneath the tribal make up of the man is bare faced reality. Under a man's mask of artificial colouring one finds a person. Underneath a woman's natural face one finds a mask. Pandora for the 21st century.

Picture 'borrowed' from Catherine Redfern's article on advertisements at The F Word

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