Images of Gil Elvgren’s models and painted pin-ups. SocImages points out that these images of “what real women look like” have their flaws painted away and and enhanced to make them more sexually appealing. More examples on their page!
Heck. Yes. I love you SocImages so damn much. You make me want to get that Ph.D. in sociology even more than I already want it.
Dove is trying to tell women their armpits are unattractive and that they need a product to fix it.
Found on SocImages, which also has Stephen Colbert’s bit on this.
15 Facts About Inequality (In the US) That Everyone Should Know About, courtesy of Sociological Images.
For some reason, the graphic isn’t working, but here’s one snippet that I found interesting.
SocImages also reported on Abercrombie & Kids selling push-up bikinis for little girls. When I actually went to their website I found string bikinis with removable pads. For kids.
What the hell is wrong with our society when we’re trying to pad the (usually) non-existent breasts of seven year-olds?
I found this on SocImages and dear me. The quote that made me laugh the most is “Originally from Venezuela, Dr Raquel knows body shapers are the confidence secret of all those sexy Latin American women.”
Really? Since when? That wasn’t anything my mom told me about. I thought I just had fat in socially desirable places on my body.
A video on product placement in movies found on the marvelous SocImages. They did, however, leave out my all time favorite movie about product placement: Josie and the Pussycats.
Sociological Images posted this really amazing link to an interactive site that allows you to view information for every county in the United States. So I looked at county I grew up in (Johnson County, Kansas) and two of the other counties that make up Kansas City that I lived in as an adult.
What’s notable about where I grew up is that it’s median income level is double the surrounding counties (which is not surprising. In fact, many of my high school classmates had families that made double the median income, if not more.) and also pops up when you click to only show wealthy counties. The percent of Johnson Countians with college degrees is also consistently double the national average as far back as the data is available. The number of minorities with college degrees is also higher than in surrounding counties (thank you public school. This is definitely a privilege I benefited from).
What was really interesting to me was the data confirming what I have always believed: that until about ten years ago, Johnson County was overwhelmingly white but the Latino population has more than doubled.
That said, Wyandotte County, which I grew up just a few minutes from, is completely different. The ethnic make up is much more diverse, the percent of people with college degrees is much less, and the median income is closer to what my family worked with. I think this information partially explains why I felt way more at home in my neighborhood in Wyandotte than JoCo.
Lastly, viewing the data made me feel like I’m actually in the majority when I say that neither my parents nor my grandparents went to college. My perception of how many people attended college prior to the 1990s is skewed thanks to attending a school populated by upper-middle class public schools and primarily white private colleges.
A post from Sociological Images. Heck yes to challenging assumptions about gender and moms!
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“But, let’s take them at their word. Maybe you have grammar phobia because you’re thinking in rap lyrics. Do you mean, like, you’re freestyling in your head all the time? Do you mean you’re kind of like this guy?
You mean, all your thoughts have flow, and rhyme, are creative, and drop properly formed Spanish imperative verbs? To the book cover authors: you fucking wish. I mean, I wish I could do that.”
Yes, I wish I could drop properly formed Spanish imperative verbs. Actually, I wish I knew what a Spanish imperative verb is.
Taken from a piece on a grammar book that asks if you’re grammar-phobic because you always think in rap lyrics. Sociological Images strikes again!