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Consumerism meets marketing; who & what manipulates the free market of goods & services. See also: http://www.kitsch-slapped.com/category/ze-big-mouth-promotions-stuff/
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Do Mothers Need Some Time Away from Social Media?

Do Mothers Need Some Time Away from Social Media? | Consumption Junction | Scoop.it
Social networking may be stressing mothers out. Half of US mother social users report feeling pressure to create an image that their lives are perfect on social platforms, with younger mothers especially likely to feel this way. The majority of mothers have actually considered stopping use of or taking a break from social media due to burnout or frustration.
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Public social pressures, more than fear over time-wasted, is behind declines in mothers using social media.

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Looking for fat fashion bloggers!

Looking for fat fashion bloggers! | Consumption Junction | Scoop.it

I am currently working on a dissertation project that investigates how fat fashion bloggers make meaning through their dress practices, and am looking for fat fashion bloggers to interview for my dissertation project. In order to participate in this research,

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'Year of reading women' declared for 2014

'Year of reading women' declared for 2014 | Consumption Junction | Scoop.it

From a small American literary journal's vow to dedicate a year's coverage to women writers and writers of colour to author and artist Joanna Walsh's burgeoning  #readwomen2014 project, readers – and publishers – around the world are starting to take their own small steps to address male writers' dominance in the literary universe.

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Sexism In The Gambling Industry

Sexism In The Gambling Industry | Consumption Junction | Scoop.it

With all the talk about sexism in gaming, I think it's time to discuss the sexism in gambling. Everyone knows that the number of female gamblers are increasing, just as it is in gaming; but where are the casinos, online or real world destinations, which cater to these women?


At the start of this century, there were several...

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malek's comment, January 18, 2014 4:44 PM
Sexism and gambling: a kind of addiction
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Why Marketers Fear the Female Geek

Why Marketers Fear the Female Geek | Consumption Junction | Scoop.it
Anjin Anhut lays out the down and dirty facts about how ignoring geeky women seems like good business... and how to change that.

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malek's curator insight, January 1, 2014 3:44 PM

 I definitely don't agree to that. "Pink lego is the spade that can dig geek toys out of their sexist hole?

Deb Bailey's comment, January 2, 2014 1:11 PM
Very interesting article. Painting something pink and selling it to women will not work. Women are as geeky as men in many instances - but are invisible. Anyone who really sees that demographic and respects it will make a fortune.
malek's comment, January 2, 2014 5:19 PM
Amen. "Life is better in Pink" is too superficial
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Mannequins Give Shape to a Venezuelan Fantasy

Mannequins Give Shape to a Venezuelan Fantasy | Consumption Junction | Scoop.it
Mannequins with bulging bosoms have become standard in Venezuela, reflecting the country’s embrace of plastic surgery even among those who can least afford it.



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Seth Dixon's curator insight, November 7, 2013 9:34 AM

Unrealistic manniquins are nothing new...but society produces mannequins and the mannequins are a part of the cultural landscape that has some normative ideals of beauty and gender.  How does the media and society's images of the 'ideal body' influence and shape cultural values and aspirations?


On the opposite side of the spectrum watch this video about the production of manniquins modeled on people with disabilities.  The tag line for the project was "because who is perfect anyway?"

Albert Jordan's curator insight, February 12, 2014 6:39 PM

 

 

It comes as no surprise that mannequins are becoming “sexier” in other markets as countries develop and become more consumer driven. We can already see the evolution of the store mannequin in the United States as every few trends it will change its form to what is the attractive norm. Right now, “curvy” focused mannequins are beginning to show up in store front windows as a push for more natural bodied women in advertising grows. The evolution of the Venezuelan mannequin may be a bit more extreme but it goes to show the cultural change(or regression, depending on how you feel about body image) of an area as well as the influence put on it by globalization and even regional influence. As the article states, Venezuelan women have begun to undergo plastic surgery to “improve their self-esteem.” While not many do, it becomes a status symbol to have an operation. Even some shop owners, when told by the costumer that they wish to look like the mannequin, are told to go get an operation.

While here in America, the plastic surgery trend began to die off and is now seen as for those who are superficial or materialistic. However, this trend had been seen in Brazil many years prior to Venezuela today and it can probably be safely assumed that because these two countries share a border, certain trends and elements of culture have gone back and forth. As western media penetrates further and further into traditionally institutionalized anti-western countries, the advertising effects on body image will change as more companies that deal with fashion, make up, and image begin to do business, invest, and advertise. Especially so in a Latin society where men are still typically held in higher regard, competition amongst women could fuel the importance of looks. The maker of the “new and improved” mannequins has made quite an income out of it. Many of the shopkeepers who use the mannequins have even seen an increase in revenue.  

 In Venezuela there is also a culture of aesthetics and a certain pride in what is perceived as beauty, due in part to the countries own scenic magnificence . Although a socialist country who’s past and now deceased President was very critical of the “Western” and American influence, Venezuela had nourished a culture of easy money and consumerism due to the wealth of its oil reserves and the cheapness at which its citizens were able to buy it. During the late President Hugo Chavez’s reign, the government attempted to dissuade the desire for plastic surgery by saying the money being spent by poor women on plastic surgery should be going to more important needs. Nevertheless, sometimes cultural and societal demands can be as powerful as governmental demands and advice.

Again, globalization and consumerism can drive a cultural phenomenon. The owner of the store wanted to attract more buyers of his mannequins and so he made them “sexier.” By doing this, he put into the minds of the women looking at them that if they dress like that statue or shop at that store, they will look as good. Even if it is unrealistic, the placebo affect is almost just as good as the real thing.

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A Look at Women and Their Relationship With Mobile Phones

A Look at Women and Their Relationship With Mobile Phones | Consumption Junction | Scoop.it

Women really, really like their mobile devices. According to a new study from Time Inc. and Nuance Digital Marketing, 60 percent of women name their mobiles as the most important devices in their lives (significantly higher than men, at 43 percent).

 

Not only is their smartphone the first thing she looks at in the morning (for 78 percent), it consumes their free time throughout the day, when they use it for engaging with social media, texting and shopping. While this time spent on their mobiles would suggest opportunities to advertise to women, fully 91 percent of women dislike ads they consider intrusive.


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Russ Merz, Ph.D.'s curator insight, November 4, 2013 10:52 AM

A useful look at the #demographics of #mobile phone usage by women (and men).

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HelloFlo offers tampon subscriptions and educational materials aimed at teens

HelloFlo offers tampon subscriptions and educational materials aimed at teens | Consumption Junction | Scoop.it
Most women need one product every single month. A startup is trying to convert that need into a subscription-based offering for tampons.
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BMC can't act on lingerie mannequins inside shops

BMC can't act on lingerie mannequins inside shops | Consumption Junction | Scoop.it

MUMBAI: There is no provision in law which allows the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) to tell shopkeepers not to put mannequins displaying lingerie inside their shops, said civic officials.

 

"Mannequins, regardless of what they are wearing, can be seized only if they are kept outside the shop on footpath for encroachment of public space. But there is no law or rule that empowers the BMC to regulate what a shopkeeper wants to exhibit inside his shop," a civic official told TOI on Wednesday.

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MediaPost Publications Moms Stressed Out by Pinterest 05/13/2013

Moms Stressed Out by Pinterest - 05/13/2013

While Pinterest might seem like a place for caring and sharing, the female-dominated social network is actually stressing a lot of users out, according to a Today.com survey of 7,000 U.S. mothers: in fact, 42% of respondents said they suffer from “Pinterest stress,” stemming from anxiety that they can’t live up to the ideal suggested by images of domestic perfection posted on the site....

"Of course, this phenomenon -- in which people carefully craft their online images to show themselves in the best possible light, and other people mistakenly assume this somehow corresponds to reality -- isn’t limited to Pinterest..."


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Laura Brown's comment, June 4, 2013 5:32 PM
That's why I seldom look at Pinterest. It is too much. I could find a lot of great ideas and things I'd like but have all the pressure of never having all that I see and want. Easier to step away from the Pinterest site and just live with my own reality.
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A Cupcake Is Never Just a Cupcake: The Psycho-Sexuality of a Twee Treat

A Cupcake Is Never Just a Cupcake: The Psycho-Sexuality of a Twee Treat | Consumption Junction | Scoop.it

Cupcakes only care about their own orgasms. When you see a woman eating a cupcake, you're basically watching her perform cunnilingus on herself. Small and moist and warm and sweet, a cupcake's sole reason for existence is solitary pleasure. Historically, many symbols of female power or divinity involved fertility and/or reproduction: circles and eggs, Mother Earth and Mother Goose. But modern times call for modern branding, and if you're looking for the shorthand way to label something as being of, for or about the essence of a woman, and you have no pictogram of a vagina handy, by all means, slap a cupcake on it.

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What does a woman REALLY want? - Salt Lake Tribune

What does a woman REALLY want? - Salt Lake Tribune | Consumption Junction | Scoop.it
What does a woman REALLY want?
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Underarm laser hair removal! Purses! Botox! Cleaning products! These apparently are What a Woman Wants.

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NMSU sociologist studies sexuality using popular TV shows

NMSU sociologist studies sexuality using popular TV shows | Consumption Junction | Scoop.it

If television is a reflection of society, then a study of two programs on cable TV by a New Mexico State University researcher may help to expand how women's sexuality is viewed in the United States. Kassia Wosick, assistant professor of sociology in the College of Arts and Sciences, recently shared her findings at the Pacific Sociological Association annual conference in Reno, Nev.

 

At the heart of Wosick's research are two television series that depict women who pay for sex. Wosick, along with one graduate student and two undergraduates, are using content analysis and focus groups to study HBO's "Hung," a scripted production, and ShowTime's "Gigolos," a reality-based series.

 

..."People have a tendency to dismiss sex research," Wosick said. "They have a tendency to relegate it to biological or physiological, and the sociologist has so much to say about sexuality in general. And partly why my research is so timely and important is that it really brings together traditional discourses with more contemporary discourses in terms of sexuality, the body, pleasure and desire."

 

Wosick's research involves investigating women's sexual consumerism using the two TV shows. She is looking at how women consume sex-related materials and services in an industry that is traditionally targeted toward men. Wosick is gathering data about women as consumers of pornography, erotic materials, sexual experiences, and also male-focused services such as strip clubs.


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PHOTO: Retailer's Full-Figured Mannequins In Lingerie Go Viral

PHOTO: Retailer's Full-Figured Mannequins In Lingerie Go Viral | Consumption Junction | Scoop.it
A clothing retailer from Sweden got a virtual round of applause from Facebook users this week after a photograph featuring two fuller-figured mannequins rocking nothing but purple-hued boy shorts and matching bras went viral.
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Back in the 1960s, when fashion shoots featuring black models were rare...

Back in the 1960s, when fashion shoots featuring black models were rare... | Consumption Junction | Scoop.it

"Ghanaian photographer James Barnor bucked the trend with his fashion shoots for Drum magazine, an influential anti-apartheid magazine based in Johannesburg, and Africa’s first black lifestyle magazine."

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Michael Massaia's Stark Photographs Of Discarded Vegas Call Girl Cards

Michael Massaia's Stark Photographs Of Discarded Vegas Call Girl Cards | Consumption Junction | Scoop.it
Michael Massaia is a documentary style photographer who specializes in black and white film. His "Lost: Las Vegas Call Girl Cards" series touches on the over-saturation of advertising, commodification, waste, and salaciousness within our culture.

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This is what happens with most flyers and promotional pieces of paper that are handed out on the streets, put on windsheilds, etc. The fact that it's about selling sex makes me take pause...This appears to be one case where erotic images of women involved in sex work are actually adding value and humanizing the advertisements. Food for thought.

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Understanding Female Relationships With Greeting Cards

Understanding Female Relationships With Greeting Cards | Consumption Junction | Scoop.it

While Hallmark was run by a man — or men with a few “poor working girls,” and can be seen as The Man, you can’t deny the serious dedication the company had to targeted marketing. They spent oodles of dollars and gobs of time focused on what sold and who bought it — including focus groups of women. If women weren’t buying the charming illustrations of women in their dainties and picture-laden puns of underthings, Hallmark wouldn’t have made them.Let alone so many of them.


...So one has to at least include the probability that women’s adoration of the female form, our so-called bisexuality or ability to be more fluid in our sexuality, has been around for a long time and perhaps has as much to do with “sex sells,” sexist ads, and our culture’s consumption of pornography as the patriarchy does.

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