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Using Sex to Sell: Resources
This section contains numerous resources and links intended to be of use to those seeking to further information.


About-Face is a non-profit organization dedicated to combating negative images of women in the media. This site offers galleries of offenders/winners, ways to get involved, and a place to post essays, art projects, and student projects.

“A body image site for every body,” this site offers barbiology fun facts, features on positive body image, and links to encourage men and women to love their natural shapes.

The Commercial Closet
Providing image galleries, news updates, and a featured ad of the day, this site on the portrayals of LGBT in advertising is an invaluable resource. The Portrayals section provides definitions and lists of examples for positive, negative, neutral, gay vague, and stereotypical images of LGBT in ads.

Dads & Daughters
DADs inspires fathers to actively and deeply engage in the lives of their daughters and bring others together by taking action to transform the pervasive cultural messages that devalue girls and women.

The Gender Ads Project
Created by Scott A. Lukas, Ph.D., this site provides an enormous gallery of ads and images that can be powerful teaching tools. Ads are organized by categories such as the male gaze, normalization, dehumanization, sex objects, and progressive ads. www.genderads.com

Girls Initiative Network
A community-based coalition committed to social advocacy and change, Girls Initiative hosts its own media literacy project, showcasing images, satirical ads, and a photography exhibit that encourage viewers to think critically about the media’s image of women.

Greg's Digital Retouching Portfolio
This website contains a portfolio of digital images created by Greg Apodaca. It also provides answers to various questions regarding retouching techniques, equipment and applications, and other topics in the digital retouching industry.

This website provides visual and textual online resources in Queer Culture, Queer Theory, Queer Studies, Gender Studies and related fields. Useful indexes provide easy access to information on various subjects, authors, schools, music, etc.

Books / Articles

Barthel, Diane. Putting on Appearances: Gender and Advertising.
Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1988.

Bordon Susan. Unbearable Weight: Feminism, Western Culture, and The Body.
Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 1993.

Brumberg, Joan Jacobs. The Body Project: An Intimate History of American Girls.
New York: Vintage Books, 1997.

Douglas, Susan J. Where the Girls Are: Growing Up Female With The Mass Media.
New York: Random House, 1995.

Edut, Ophira. Adios, Barbie: Young Women Write About Body Image and Identity.
Seattle: Seal Press, 1998.

Moog, Carol. "Are They Selling Her Lips?" Advertising and Identity.
New York: William Morrow, 1990.

Murray, Sara. 1999. “Eating Disorders and Criticism of Cultural Ideals.”
European Eating Disorders Review, Vol. 7, pp. 204-212

Strong, Scott, M., Williamson D., Netemeyer R., Geer J. 2000. “Eating Disorder Symptoms and Concerns About Body Differ As A Function of Gender and Sexual Disorientation.” Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, Vol. 19, pp. 240-255.

Thone, Ruth Raymond. Fat: A Fate Worse Than Death? Women, Weight, and Appearance. New York: The Harrington Park Press, 1997.

Wolfe, Naomi. The Beauty Myth. Toronto: Vintage, 1990.

Wolfe, Naomi. The Beauty Myth: How Images of Beauty Are Used Against Women.
William Morrow and Co., New York, 1991.

Video / Film

Killing Us Softly 3: Advertising’s Image of Women. Dir. Sut Jhally. Perf. Jean Killbourne. Video/DVD. The Media Education Foundation, 2000.

Slim Hopes: Advertising and the Obsession with Thinness. Dir. Sut Jhally.
Perf. Jean Kilbourne. Video/DVD. The Media Education Foundation, 1995.

Tough Guise: Violence, Media & the Crisis in Masculinity. Dir. Sut Jhally. Perf. Jackson Katz. Video/DVD. The Media Education Foundation, 1999.

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