From Melinda Tankard Reist's blog
The Age has covered our protest against Rivers for appropriating the image of a dead woman in fishnet stockings and stilettos on the front of a catalogue headed "10 deadly deals" as described on the Collective Shout website and here. I was amused to see River's spokesman describe our interpretation of the catalogue cover as "weird and draconian".
So if we weren't meant to interpret the woman as being dead - murdered even - why the heading "10 deadly deals"? Is she merely under the couch searching for her missing purse? The damn remote? Or playing hide-and-seek badly? If she tripped and fell wouldn't the heading be '10 clumsy deals'? If we've got it so wrong, why doesn't Rivers tell us what they meant to convey with the image and wording?
Here's Michelle Griffin's piece which also mentions some of our other actions against eroticised violence against women in advertising. We can't be blasé about this trivialisation of violence against women.
'Drunk at the bar' single endorses date rape
*trigger warning for survivors of sexual assault*
A number of Collective Shout supporters have contacted us about Brian McFadden’s new song ‘Drunk at the bar.’ News.com.au reported that many fans of McFaddens music have slammed the song as promoting date rape.
Lyrics from 'Drunk at the bar' include:
I like you just the way you are, drunk as s**t dancing at the bar
I can’t wait to get you home so I can do some damage
Jump in the backseat of my car...I can’t wait to get you home so I can take advantage
McFadden is apparently shocked 'at these ridiculous accusations’ that he would be promoting date rape.Read more
From Melinda Tankard Reist's blog
On December 10, I wrote an opinion piece titled ‘Who says female corpses aren’t sexy?’ for ABC The Drum Unleashed, reprinted here the same day. The piece has so far received 1086 comments (many helpfully informing me I am mentally ill and hung up about sex).
Here’s an extract from the article:
Co-founder Melinda Tankard Reist talks about how we started and where we're heading
It was a comment about my book, Getting Real: Challenging the sexualisation of girls, which sparked the birth of Collective Shout: for a world free of sexploitation.
A contributor, Melbourne writer and blogger Tania Andrusiak (author of Adproofing Your Kids: Raising critical thinkers in a media-saturated world ) described the book as “a collective shout against the pornification of culture”. Those words leapt out at me. I liked the phrase so much, I thought it perfect for a new grassroots campaign movement which had been brewing in my mind and in the minds of some of my friends and fellow activists.
Child experts and advocates say 'Let children be children.'
A number of Collective Shout supporters contacted us about the latest Witchery catalogue, which portrays children in adult styled clothing and poses.
The issue has since hit the media with a number of child advocates speaking out about the catalogue.Read more
Just one week after Melinda Tankard Reist wrote about Woolworths promoting the Lynx Lodge, Woolworths has agreed to withdraw from the Lynx Lodge promotion. Lynx was holding a competition with Woolworths, where a winner will be the first to stay at the Lodge with seven friends. Collective Shout supporter Jade posted Woolworths response to the letter she sent them about the Lynx Lodge.Read more
Still 'strut', 'flirt' and have a 'passion for fashion'
Melinda Tankard Reist appeared on Channel 7's Morning show today, talking about Bratz dolls being relaunched with a reported 'slightly more demure' look, as reported in the LA times.
The outfits are less sexy, the makeup and hair a bit more demure and the heels not as sky-high, but the saucy Bratz dolls are strutting their way back onto toy shelves.Read more