The portrayal of women in Zoo Weekly
The piece 'Zoo Identity' is a compilation of written descriptors of women taken directly from the March 2015 issue of Zoo Australia. I endeavoured to communicate the impact of zoo and its portrayal of females on my own identity formation as a young woman.Read more
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Psychologists from Middlesex University and the University of Surrey found that when presented with descriptions of women taken from Lads Mags, and comments about women made by convicted rapists, most people who took part in the study could not distinguish the source of the quotes. Read more
We compiled our own list of quotes taken from Lads Mags such as Zoo, Maxim, FHM and Picture as well as interviews with convicted rapists. Can you tell the difference?
More misogyny from Zoo as Ad Standards Board ruling ignored
We've helped bring down Zoo weekly's 'hottest asylum seeker' competition, made complaints to the Ad Standards Board about its sexist ads on Facebook and called on Coles and Woolworths supermarkets to stop selling the sexist mag. But Zoo refuses to change, ignoring a recent ruling from the Ad Standards Board that posts on their Facebook page were demeaning and discriminated against women.Read more
The petition calling on ZOO magazine to apologise and scrap its 'hottest asylum seeker competition' accumulated over 6000 signatures. Change.org sent out the following email to petition supporters today. Thanks to all who signed and shared the petition. You can read the original article here.
“ZOO Weekly regrets any offence caused to any of our readers, and to any asylum seeker or refugee and their families and supporters. We apologise for being insensitive.” -- Tim Keen, editor of Zoo WeeklyRead more
How do these people sleep at night?Read more
Melinda Tankard Reist writes on Zoo magazine's portrayal of Mary Mackillop
Published on ABC's The Drum Unleashed
Australia’s first saint, Mary MacKillop, was a woman who devoted her life to the poor and speaking out against injustice. Known as a progressive woman of action, her canonisation has just been celebrated in Rome.Read more
But for Zoo magazine, it doesn’t matter who she is. Or really, who any woman is. Because all women exist only to serve male gratification and pleasure. All women must be brought to their knees.
Here’s some examples of Zoo's treatment of Mary MacKillop, using a model in a habit.