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Tuesday
Feb112014

Sheryl Sandberg & Getty Reboot Stock Photos Portrayal Of Women

The Cut assembled this collection of stock photos as a typical portrayal of women in business.

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Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg and her LeanIn.org and Getty Images, a large supplier of stock images for business and marketing and publicity materials announced on Monday a new collection of images that represents women and families in more empowering ways. Sandberg is a big advocate for women in leadership roles. The new collection — one that shows men being warm fathers — has 2502 images to date.

The initiative is relevant: The three most-searched terms in Getty’s image database are “women,” “business” and “family.”

“One of the quickest ways to make people think differently about something is to change the visuals around it,” said Cindy Gallop in The New York Times, who started the United States branch of Bartle Bogle Hegarty, the advertising agency. “The thing about these images is they work on an unconscious level to reinforce what people think people should be like.”

The issue of how media covers women in leadership roles has once again intensified with the publication of Sheryl Sandberg’s book ‘LeanIn’ and her foundation, now set to receive 10 percent of revenues from the new project.

TIME magazine’s recent Hillary cover visualizes Clinton as a female giant squashing her male competition.

“At Facebook, I think about the role marketing plays in all this, because marketing is both reflective of our stereotypes and reinforces stereotypes,” Ms. Sandberg said. “Do we partner into sexism or do we partner against sexism?”

In their article Feminism, According to Stock Photography, The Cut scourced the composite above from the search term ‘empowered female’.

In addition to the new collection of stock photos, Getty is also offering two new photography grants. The first, worth $10,000, is for editorial work that “reflects positive images of women and girls in their communities,” and the second, worth $20,000, is for a commercial or creative campaign focused on issues related to Lean In’s mission, according to Mashable.

Hillary As Ruthless Predator

President Clinton and Hillary Rodham Clinton at a 1999 appearance. Image Susan Walsh/Associated Press

Writing for the LA Times, Cathleen Decker takes up the topic of how Hillary Clinton is portrayed not only by the media, but by her opponents.

This subject is front and center again after publication of a piece on the Washington Free Beacon, a conservative website citing papers archived at the University of Arkansas after the death of a close Clinton friend Diane Blair.

The papers expose Hillary Clinton’s frustration with the obsessive examination of her ‘ruthlessness’.  The Blair papers reflected one memo about the 1992 presidential contest and the effort campaign aides placed on humanizing Hillary.

“What voters find slick in Bill Clinton, they find ruthless in Hillary,” the memo said. From her perspective, Clinton said “I gave up my name, got contact lenses, but I’m not going to try to be somebody that I’m not,” according to a Blair memo.

Hillary’s comment that Monica Lewinsky was a “narcissistic loony toon” also came to light in the same week that Rand Paul called Bill Clinton a sexual predator, with an inference that his lack of discretion is relevant to any Hillary Clinton campaign.

Monday
Nov182013

Would Frantz Fanon Agree With Orville Lloyd Douglas & His Essay 'Why I Hate Being A Black Man'?

Seeing these images of Marcelia Freesz, lensed by Fernando Louza for Marie Claire Brazil’s November issue got me thinking about Cuba and America. Paulo Martinez styles Marcelia in sheer, tropical elegance with utilitarian touches for a hard soft effect in ‘Havana Club’.

This weekend I caught Canadian Orville Lloyd Douglas on CNN, talking with Don Lemon about his essay ‘Why I hate being a black man’. His comments have caused both a backlash and an uproar — and also interesting dialogue like Douglas’ discussion with Lemon.

The issue of black self-hatred is something I am supposed to pretend does not exist. However, the great French psychiatrist Frantz Fanon wrote about this issue in his ground breaking book Black Skin White Masks in a chapter called “the Lived Experience of the Black Man”. According to Fanon, the black man is viewed in the third person, and he isn’t seen as a three-dimensional human being. The black man internalizes the perspectives of white society and its negative thoughts about blackness affect his psyche. In the chapter, Fanon discusses a white child calling him the “N word” and how he becomes cognizant of how he is different and viewed as someone people should fear.

Posting ‘Havana Club’ coincides with Sunday’s New York Times ‘Opinionator’ column A Lesson From Cuba on Race. I was researching Cuba’s health and education statistics like infant mortality rates — where Cuba’s is lower than America’s. It’s rates of vaccination and even education are equal to or better than ours. See Cuba; see America.

Written by Alejandro de la Fuente, director of the Afro-Latin American Research Institute at Harvard University’s Hutchins Center for African and African American Research and the author of “A Nation for All: Race, Inequality and Politics in Twentieth-Century Cuba.”

De la Fuente’s words echo those of Orville Lloyd Douglas and Frantz Fanon:

In other words, despite Cuba’s success in reducing racial inequality, young black males continued to be seen as potential criminals. Perceptions of people of African descent as racially differentiated and inferior continued to permeate Cuban society and institutions. The point is not that issues of economic justice and access to resources are irrelevant. Eliminating massive inequality is a necessary step if we are ever going to dismantle racial differences. There is, as Gutting argues, a deeper issue of access to basic resources that does need solution. But the Cuban experience suggests that there are other equally deep issues that need to be addressed as well.

Those issues relate to what another writer here, George Yancy, in writing about the Trayvon Martin case, referred to as a “white gaze” that renders all black bodies dangerous and deviant. Unless we dismantle this gaze and its centuries-strong cultural pillars, it will be difficult to go past the outrage on race.

As for Cuba’s relations with the US, Reuters reported yesterday that a new mood of cooperation — “a surprise warming” is “raising expectations of possible agreements to bring the two countries closer after more than 50 years of hostility.”

And who said that fashion isn’t relevant in provoking conversation! ~ Anne

Related reading: Jay Z breaks Barneys silence, says he’s going forward with fashion line deal and promises to personally tackle racial profiling allegations.

 

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Monday
Jun102013

Cindy Crawford, 47, Seeks Body Love & Self Acceptance By Age 50

Cindy Crawford on Body Image

Model Cindy Crawford, who helped define the terms ‘supermodel’ said in a recent interview with ‘The Edit’ magazine for Net-a-Porter that at age 47 — and with all her success — she has yet to “come to terms” with her looks and achieve self-acceptance. 

“I’m a normal woman, sometimes I feel pretty good and some days I’m like, ‘Oh, my God, nothing fits,’” Crawford told the magazine. “My new resolution is that by the time I am 50, I want to have come to terms with my body.”