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Visual Culture: Advertising and Gender Policing

June 11, 2010

Jean Kilbourne has an excellent lecture on her film Killing Us Softly 3 in an ongoing documentary series about women, gender roles, sexism and society.  You have to see this lecture because seeing is where so much of the information lies with the power of the images.  The number of consistent images, the connections and commonalities, the narratives behind these images are all important to consider for the visual artist, graphic designer and photographer.  I like her comment that the American advertising industry through mass media is our nation’s largest and most prolific pornographer, which is sustained through the evidence she provides.

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