Bottom Feeders Like American Apparel Need Whacked in the Assets

exploitation

Feb. 9, 2010 Update: Almost 1000 signatures already & expanding global on ipetitions now! Join in! Orig article 2-2-10: "Confident about the junk in your trunk? Show us your assets! Post a … [Read more...]

Turning Boys Into Monsters: Energy Drink Leaves A Foul Taste (Again)

monster

Dec. 8, 2009 It’s Tuesday, time for our weekly “Packaging Boyhood” focus, so what better time than the holiday season to sound the 'red' siren on the 'green' brand that tween and teen boys are sucking … [Read more...]

Gossip Girl November Sweeps Schtick Predictably Trashy

margo

Nov. 10, 2009 No, I didn’t watch the heavily promoted Gossip Girl ‘threesome’ shock schlock last night that sent the Parents Television Council rightfully into a tizzy, but frankly I didn’t need to, … [Read more...]

Attention KMart Shoppers: Dating Violence on Aisle3

purple ribbon

Oct. 11, 2009 This morning I was in a Sunday reflective sprawl, dogs piled atop the bed, newspaper everywhere, family away, foggy S.F. Bay keeping me nuzzled into my comforter, when I checked in on my … [Read more...]

Raising Girls Amidst Meat Marketing: Carls Jr., Burger King Raunch

burger hotchix

July 16, 2009 We interrupt our ‘regularly scheduled programming’ for a head-banging, forehead smacking, ‘what are we doing to our kids’ commercial break to highlight this post on the casting call for … [Read more...]

When It’s Not Hip To Be Square: Sexist Spongebob & Burger Shots

apple-tape-measure

April 17, 2009 “Booty is booty?” I say give BK’s agency a boot in the backside out the door for this one… I've been trying NOT to cover this ad absurdity to avoid the media baiting and instead … [Read more...]

Like Taking Candy From A Baby: Camel Trots Out Nicotine Tricks (Again)

camel-orbs

Mar. 16, 2009 Gotta put my cranky pants on again…. R.J.Reynolds is lighting the fuses of frustrated parents by offering Camel nicotine laced ‘orbs, strips, and sticks’ coming at kids in the mints … [Read more...]

GASP: Thrillseeking Kids Haven’t Got The Faintest Clue

gasp-age

I had really, REALLY hoped to kick off the New Year with all my Positive Picks in media, like Reddit's Feed a Need.org, the new virtual world Elf Island.com, and even commercial eco-efforts like … [Read more...]

Sexed Up M&Ms Sell Fashionably Decadent Premium Sleaze

mmsexy

Mars candies have reached a new low... Anthropomorphizing cartoon critters is one thing, giving chocolate candy classics the Jessica Rabbit treatment is another. Do we REALLY need more … [Read more...]

Kids Take Lessons From National Debt Binge

roulette-wheel

‘Don’t do as I do, do as I say,’ could be the governmental finger wag lecturing kids on fiscal fitness. How can we expect kids to learn about credit/debit and healthy financial … [Read more...]

HFCS Corn Wars: A Surprise That’s Far from Sweet

hfcs-corn

“Mom, go to SweetSurprise.com right now!” yelled my daughter in an urgent commando bark. Before I could even protest her lousy timing, I got a “NOW! I’m not kidding! GO! … [Read more...]

The MySpace Mom Skates, While The Teen Hangs? No Justice There!

megan-meier

Not to get all soapbox-ey, but since we’ve been talking about digital ethics and online immersive behavior a lot lately, I’ve gotta toss this one out there… Yesterday’s … [Read more...]

Energy Drinks & Alcohol: A Monster Mix of Madness

alcopops_postcard.gif

Here we go again…Which drinks at left are benign? We’ve been down this road before about market confusion, cardiac cocktails of caffeine and the inherent dangers of energy drinks and … [Read more...]

Beyonce’s Deréon Divas: Pop-Tarts & Sesame Streetwalkers

dereon21.jpg

Just as I was thinking I wouldn’t have time to post today because of Shaping Youth’s film screening fund-raiser of Two Angry Moms a chime came into my e-mail from Dr. Robyn Silverman with … [Read more...]

Preteen Tips on Nutrition, Body Image & “How to Say it To Girls”

gettingreal.jpg

“Faced with conflicting messages from parents, peers, and media, many preteens -- both boys and girls -- develop negative views about their bodies and have trouble making healthful food and … [Read more...]

Bimbo Bait: Is Silence or Outrage the Solution for Digital Drek?

missbimbo.jpg

Early April Fool's joke? Tasteless ploy of a 23-year old web guy for publicity and profit perhaps?Just when you thought media influence on body image had reached the tipping point of toxicity, our … [Read more...]

Hospital Sells Out Kids W/Abercrombie Alliance

abercrombie-billboard.jpg

Talk about emergency and trauma! What’s next, a Victoria’s Secret rape crisis center? Ugh. Is ANYthing off-limits? Stuart Elliott of the New York Times wrote about the $10 million … [Read more...]

Bullying & the Special Needs Child: “You Must Be The New Kid”

bully.jpg

Two weeks from today on March 4th, the makers of the now infamous Grand Theft Auto and Manhunt2 adult video games, debut their teen-rated Bully sequel also known as “Bully 2” or Canis … [Read more...]

Corporate Blunders Are A Dime (Bag) A Dozen…

icebreakerspac.jpg

C'mon now folks, Target goofed with their 'talk to the hand' Web 2.0 media message, but they're FAR from flying solo in poor choices... In another “what were you thinking?” moment of … [Read more...]

Taking Aim at Target: Think That V is a CoinkyDink?

target.jpg

The Flickr photographer, Bennett says this billboard is in Times Square, NYC, about 20' x 20'. I'm waiting for a corporate callback with an explanation from a 'Target Team member.' Meanwhile, the … [Read more...]