Julia Roberts & Christy Turlington L'Oreal Ads Banned In U.K.Britain's Advertising Standards Authority has pulled a pair of ads featuring Julia Roberts and Christy Turlington for being overly-airbrushed, the Guardian reports.
Member of Parliament Jo Swinson first alerted the campaign watchdog to Lancome's two-page ad showing Roberts as shot by Mario Testino and a spot for Maybelline's "Eraser" foundation featuring Turlington.
According to the BBC, Swinson said the manipulated photographs could impact an individual's body image:
"We should have some honesty in advertising and that's exactly what the ASA is there to do. I'm delighted they've upheld these complaints," she said.
"There's a big picture here which is half of young women between 16 and 21 say they would consider cosmetic surgery and we've seen eating disorders more than double in the last 15 years.
"There's a problem out there with body image and confidence. The way excessive retouching has become pervasive in our society is contributing to that problem."
Swinson added, "Excessive airbrushing and digital manipulation techniques have become the norm, but both Christy Turlington and Julia Roberts are naturally beautiful women who don't need retouching to look great. This ban sends a powerful message to advertisers -- let's get back to reality," the Guardian writes.
The beauty giant, for its part, did acknowledge that the pics had been taken to ye olde Photoshoppe. From the Independent:
L'Oreal admitted post-production techniques had been used in its advert featuring Turlington to "lighten the skin, clean up make-up, reduce dark shadows and shading around the eyes, smooth the lips and darken the eyebrows".Story continues below
However, the beauty firm said it believed the image accurately illustrated the results the product could achieve.
It also said the flawless skin in the image of Roberts was down to her "naturally healthy and glowing skin", adding the product had taken 10 years to develop.
The ASA previously banned a YSL Belle D'Opium commercial for simulating drug use, nixed "indecent" Diesel billboards and said no to two misleading Louis Vuitton print ads. However, the group decided there was nothing wrong with a particular Miu Miu ad depicting what some dubbed a "significantly underweight" model.
What do you think?
I am still not over Amy Winehouse's death. This past week, I've been obsessed with reading any article I can find about her passing, her as a person, her music. Perhaps I'm looking for an answer as to why.
Knowing I had to write this blog post, I started googling women and addiction-- is there some connection between gender and substance abuse?
According to the book Women under the Influence by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA), girls and women, compared to boys and men, get hooked on alcohol, nicotine and drugs more quickly at lower levels of use, develop substance abuse diseases more quickly, suffer more severe brain damage from alcohol and drugs, and ultimately die sooner.
Despite these facts, 92 percent of the women who are in need of alcohol and drug abuse treatment do not receive it.
I find it ironic Betty Ford's passing earlier this month solicited commentaries how her openness in discussing her addiction put a light on the issue and how much has changed since then. It has. And it hasn't.
It is sad that those battling addiction are considered weak, and those who are public figures face further scrutiny as they are paraded around gossip news outlets.
Throughout my week of reading, one of the best pieces I found was from someone who knew Amy Winehouse before she was famous, the actor Russell Brand. He talks about how he came to know her and witness her talent. He also recounts watching addiction take hold of her. But as a former addict himself, he advocates for society to change its attitude and handling of addicts:
"We need to review the way society treats addicts, not as criminals but as sick people in need of care. We need to look at the way our government funds rehabilitation. It is cheaper to rehabilitate an addict than to send them to prison, so criminalisation doesn't even make economic sense. Not all of us know someone with the incredible talent that Amy had but we do know drunks and junkies and they all need help and help is out there. All they have to do is pick up a phone and make the call. Or not. Either way, there will be a phone call."
If you know someone battling addiction, please be a support to them and try to get some help. Click here for resources in Connecticut.
And just because I want to, click here for a link to an excellent NPR story on the passing of Amy Winehouse. Below is the concluding paragraph, which really says it all:
"Women's suffering has often inspired admiration from audiences whose embrace of their tragic heroine can seem like equal parts sympathy and sadism. Those of us who took pleasure in the fruits of Amy Winehouse's inner turmoil now have to acknowledge its ultimate end. As we contemplate this, we can also revel in what was most entrancing about her music: its brashness and utterly engaging power, the upfront expression of a woman who was loud without apology. Her big notes still live."
- A feminist isn't someone who agrees with every woman on the basis that she is simply a woman.
- A feminist isn't necessarily a lesbian.
- A feminist isn't necessarily atheist, antichrist, or anyone else evil!
- A feminist doesn't want women to rule the world...just co-exist equally.
- A feminist isn't necessarily a woman.
- 80% of the 50 million people around the world who are affected by violent conflicts, civil wars, disasters, and displacement are women and children.
- In 2004, 48.8% of the seats held in parliament in Rwanda were held by women. Contrast that to Cuba where 36% of the seats were held by women, and the USA, where 14.3 % of the seats were held by women.
- Saudi Arabia and the Solomon Islands are just two countries where there are no women in parliament (UNDP, Human Development Report 2004).
- In 76 countries, less than half the eligible girls are enrolled in secondary school.
- Women own only 1% of the world’s land.
- Approximately three million women in the USA sport tattoos.
- A Saudi Arabian woman can get a divorce if her husband doesn’t give her coffee.
- 43% of Australian marriages end in divorce. Of those who remarry, 65% of them will divorce again. By the time you try for marriage number 3, your chance of getting divorced is about 75%.
- The women of the Tiwi tribe in the South Pacific are married at birth.
- It is illegal to be a prostitute in Siena, Italy if your name is Mary.
- The two highest IQ’s ever recorded (on a standard test) both belong to women.
- In Kenya where 38% of the farms are run by women, those women manage to harvest the same amount per hectare (2.47 acres) as men, despite men having greater access to loans, advice, fertilizers, hybrid seeds, insecticides. And when women were given the same level of help, they were found to be more efficient than men, and produced bigger harvests.
- Over half a million women die in childbirth every year in Africa and Asia.
- Nearly 1/2 of all Indonesian women have had their first child by the time they are 17.
- In the USA, unintended pregnancies account for almost half of all pregnancies.
- According to The World Health Org., 40% of girls aged 17 or under in South Africa are reported to have been the victim of rape or attempted rape.
- In Sweden, 76% of mothers work, the highest percentage in the developed world.
- Australia, New Zealand and the US are among a handful of governments that do not require women to be paid some form of maternity leave. In countries as diverse as Russia, Colombia, Laos and Morocco, the government foots the entire bill for three to six months of maternity leave.
- By age 55, 95% of all U.S. women have married.
- Only 5% of Hollywood feature films are directed by women.
- Today, Japan leads the world in condom use. Like cosmetics, they’re sold door to door, by women.
- Seventy percent of women would rather have chocolate than sex (Poll taken in a 1995 women’s magazine).
- Australian women have sex on the first date more than women the same age in the USA and Canada.
- China is considered the next big marketing opportunity for the tobacco industry because only 3.8% of Chinese women smoke, compared with 63 % of adult males.
- Women are paid less than men, except for one field: Modeling.
- The word “woman” is believed to have derived from the Middle English term wyfman, broken down simply as the wife (wyf) of man.
- Women perform 66% of the worlds work, but receive only 11% of the world's income.
- Women make up 66% of the world's illiterate adults.
- Women head 83% of single-parent families.
- Women accomplish 73% of the world's social work dealing with the elderly and the poor.
- Women's presence in leadership roles is slowly increasing, but is not even close to 50%.
- Women account for 55% of all college students, which is a trend that has continued since 1979.
- There are 6 million more women than men in the world.
- The number of families nurtured by women alone rose from 5.6 million in 1970 to 12.2 million in 1995.
What do readers think about the Wal-Mart discrimination case? (Women contend--many with compelling evidence--that they were systematically denied promotions and pay raises because of their gender.) Would you boycott Wal-Mart stores if you believed they discriminated against women?
posted by Elizabeth Cafarella
When I tried to research this problem in Connecticut I landed on Vanity Fair's article "Sex Trafficking of Americans: The Girls Next Door", which describes how the average age of a young women who enters the sex trade has dropped to 13. The article goes on to explain the reasons for this ranging from the normalization of sex harm in the media to the breakdown of the family unit.
I wondered what is being done in Connecticut to address this issue. A couple of positive things were the recent passage of the Public Act 10-115, “Safe Harbor for Exploited Children", which eliminates the possibility of a sexually exploited minors under 16 being charged with the crime of prostitution. It also presumes 16-17 year olds who may have otherwise been arrested and charged with prostitution are actually victims of trafficking in persons. Also the passage of SB 1044, an act requiring the Department of Children and Families to be notified when a youth is arrested for prostitution.
My question is, what should the next step be for Connecticut to address this problem? Would a program like the GEMS organization that provides holistic case management, trauma based therapy, and clinical support work here in CT? Or is there something else that would be better?
This past week, a report issued by the Institute of Medicine titled Clinical Preventative Services for Women: Closing the Gap, sparked controversy over the recommendation that all health insurance plans should cover the cost of contraception. At the heart of the debate is the idea that women with reproductive capacity should be provided with access to contraceptive methods, education and counseling.
After researching the proposal and reading news coverage from the last few days, I was troubled, though not surprised, to learn that opponents of this proposal were focused on the morality of women instead of the importance of providing preventative health measures. Some of the outrageous claims have included a statement calling for women to stop having irresponsible sex and the notion that pregnancy is often the result of being drunk and not using birth control.
Focusing on the morality of women belies the integral role comprehensive family planning measures play in ensuring that all women, regardless of their economic status, have access to preventative and primary care services. In fact, according to the Institute of Medicine’s report, cost sharing requirements such as deductibles and copayments often pose barriers to care particularly for low-income women.
An article written by State Representative Lois Capps (CA-23), a long time proponent of sound women’s health policy, entitled A Victory for Women’s Health outlines the importance of providing preventative health services for women. She states “Despite these clear benefits, the cost of contraceptive methods can force far too many women to choose a less reliable method, or forgo any form of birth control at all. Several studies indicate costs -- including co-payments and other cost-sharing requirements--play a key role in the contraceptive behavior of substantial numbers of U.S. women. During tough economic times like these, the number of women affected is larger than ever. Eliminating cost sharing and co-pays would give these women much needed peace of mind.”
Below is an excerpt from the article outlining the recommendations listed by Institute of Medicine:
• Screening for gestational diabetes in pregnant women between 24 and 28 weeks of gestation and at the first prenatal visit for pregnant women identified to be at high risk for diabetes;
• High-risk human papillomavirus DNA testing, in addition to conventional cytology testing in women with normal cytology results;
• Annual counseling on sexually transmitted infections for all sexually active women;
• Counseling and screening for human immunodeficiency virus infection on an annual basis for sexually active women;
• Comprehensive lactation support and counseling and costs of renting breastfeeding equipment;
• Screening and counseling for interpersonal and domestic violence;
• At least one well-woman preventive care visit annually for adult women to obtain the recommended preventive services, including preconception and prenatal care.
Instead of focusing on individual morality, this proposal is based on scientific principles and offers recommendations which will benefit all women throughout the United States.