Monday, November 17, 2008

Yay me!

Sometime during the last 24 hours, this humble blog received its 50,000th visit since its inception back in January this year. Not absolute unique visitors though, that is hovering somewhere around 27,000 or so. I don't know which metric is more important. Dammit Jim, I'm a web designer not an SEO specialist.

Still, I'm pretty happy though. Yay me! And yay you! All you 27,000 or so dirty-minded giantess/shrunken men fans.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

The Sexual Politics of Advertising

In my world, the marketing of women's clothing tends to emphasize assertiveness and aggressiveness, dominance and power. On the other hand, men's apparel is usually sold with imagery suggesting submissiveness and temptation, implying that the worth of a man is in the eyes of women. This is most readily apparent in underwear advertising for men, who are almost exclusively portrayed as sexual objects, dressing themselves for the gratification and approval of women. Usually in fashion advertising on my world, both women and men are pictured together in positions symbolizing domination and submission, instead of merely presenting just women or men posing in their respective clothes. Some say that advertising agencies know what works, that on a subliminal level, appealing to the natural tendencies of the respective genders; others say that advertising itself, and mass media at large, are responsible for perpetuating antiquated and chauvinistic stereotypes that represent the forced subjugation of men.

In my world, the latter group are a very small and often-ridiculed minority in popular discourse.