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Domestic Violence Sells?

The media’s sexual objectification of women has come under increasing scrutiny, as well it should.  But what about advertisements promoting consumer goods through domestic violence? Roughly every 9 seconds in the United States, a woman is assaulted or beaten. 1,439 more words


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Stephen A. Smith, a loud and obnoxious ESPN sports commentator, recently stated during the morning show First Take about the NFL's two game suspension of Ray Rice In Ray Rice’s case, "he probably deserves more than a 2-game suspension which we both acknowledged. But at the same time, we also have to make sure that we learn as much as we can about elements of provocation. Not that there’s real provocation, but the elements of provocation, you got to make sure that you address them, because we’ve got to do is do what we can to try to prevent the situation from happening in any way. And I don’t think that’s broached enough, is all I’m saying. No point of blame." Essentially, Smith was saying that the victims of domestic violence need to avoid provoking men. In Rice's case, he was videotaped dragging his fiancée out of an Atlantic City casino hotel elevator after beating her unconscious. Typically, Smith's stupid comments are directed only at sports, but in this case he decided to engage in social commentary. The reaction to Smith's comment were immediate. Michelle Beadle, Smith's ESPN colleague, responded to Smith's comments on Twitter and stated "A) I will never feel clean again B) I'm now aware that I can provoke my own beating. I'm thinking about about wearing a miniskirt this weekend...I'd hate to think what I'd be asking for by doing doing so." This unfortunate incident would be a great time revisit a column by Ashley Baggett from Nursing Clio entitled "Domestic Violence Sells?" In the article, Baggett describes how domestic violence has been used in advertisements. While some of these were PSAs, a number of ads were trying to sell products.

girl scouts, barbie and impractical shoes

She is not for me!

Speaking as a former girl scout who had a Barbie back in the day, I cringe when I see this. Maybe that’s how I’m supposed to feel, maybe that’s exactly what the marketing mash-up had in mind. 877 more words

Because It's Important

Podcast #5: After the convention... "Trouble Brewing in Seneca Falls" with Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Podcast #5: After the 1848 Seneca Falls convention, the fire was lit for discontent in the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York. Ministers criticized the convention from the pulpit and Elizabeth Cady Stanton and others wrote letters to the editors of newspapers defending their actions; they accepted invitations for speaking publicly, and more. 100 more words

Suffrage Movement

Christian Fyfe Declares that Charles II ‘Deserved to be Murdered’

On Sunday 19 March, 1682, Christian Fyfe entered the Old Kirk of St Giles and beat up the minister. Alexander Ramsay, at the end of his sermon. 547 more words


Yolande de Dreux, Queen of Scots

Alexander III, King of Scots was married to Margaret of England from 1251 until her death in 1275. Alexander did not appear to be in a hurry to marry again. 816 more words

Medieval History

Strike a Pose

WAVE Patricia Campbell strikes a pose.

The photo comes from the National Archives and was published to coincide with the WAVES 2nd anniversary.

Schools at this time were unregulated, and varied enormously. Among the very best must have been the one run by Erasmus Darwin’s illegitimate daughters, Mary and Susan Parker.

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