27 Dresses is a romantic comedy that premiered in 2008. It features actress Katherine Heigl as Jane, a woman who has been a bridesmaid at 27 of her friends’ weddings. The movie also features a love interest, Kevin, played by actor James Marsden, who appears cynical about marriage. It portrays Jane as a hopeless romantic pushover who will do anything for her friends and family, including planning the wedding of her sister to the man Jane has been in love with but has never told.
This clip comes from a 2011 episode of the NBC sitcom30 Rock.In it, the character Jenna is set to go on an audition forGossip Girl,mistakenly thinking that she is reading the part of the college freshman when she is actually being called in to read for the part of the mother. While coming from a comedic sitcom, the clip reflects the real world experience not just of Hollywood actresses, but of many women in other professions throughout society.
This 2015 video created by American online news source Huffington Post’s Jessica Samakow and Oliver Noble features a diverse range of girls, teens, young adults, and women delivering the kinds of subtle, often-conflicting, everyday messages women and girls hear about their bodies, emotions, minds, families, careers, and decisions throughout their lifetime. For example, some of the messages start with young girls saying, “don’t be so bossy!” and “your dad will have the chase the boys away when you’re older.” These messages are followed by the teens, young adults, and older adults saying comments such as, “you need to wax your eyebrows,” “don’t wear that to school, you’re gonna distract the boys,” “don’t be a slut,” “no guy wants to have sex with a virgin,” “how much did you have to drink that night?” “what were you wearing that night?” “why are you getting so emotional?,” “don’t be so dramatic,” “it must be that time of the month,” “stop being such an attention whore!,” “you’d be really pretty if you just made an effort,” “you’d be much prettier if you smiled,” “your biological clock is ticking,” “you’re not taking your husband’s last name?,” “you’re going to let someone else raise your kids when you go back to work?,” “your husband cooks dinner? You really have him well trained,” and ends with an older woman saying, “you must have been beautiful when you were younger.”
In this four minute clip published in 2014, 23 year old filmmaker Rebecca Brown compiled selfies she took everyday throughout a period of six years of her life, from ages 14 through 21, documenting her journey with Trichotillomania, which she describes in the video’s biography section as a hair disorder where she is “compelled to tear it out strand by strand.” Starting chronologically in 2007, Brown’s self-portraits, sequenced on screen to music from SoundCloud user Amarante, showcase a head-on view of her face and hair. The photos are shown in sequence, illustrating the progression of her condition over multiple years of her life. The first pictures depict Brown with a head full of hair, but as the video progresses, the amount of hair on her head begins to fluctuate with occasional baldness and growing in periods. Notes of life events ranging from the meeting of friends or boyfriends, to deaths in the family or breakups, or even diagnoses with depression or suicidal thoughts, pop up in the sidebar in conjunction with the timing of the changing pictures. By the end of the photo compilation, Brown has shaved her hair (to “stop her from ripping out more hair”) and reveals that she has begun wearing wigs. She states that while Trichotillomania doesn’t necessary affect the appearance of hair in the front, she ends up with bald patches and thinning hair near the crown of her head and on the sides. At the end of the video, the photo images stop and Brown steps into frame to briefly promote other videos she has made both about her filmmaking and about her condition. “It’s pretty scary stuff,” she says.
In 2011, abercrombie kids, the line of clothing Abercrombie & Fitch targets towards young people aged 7-15, advertised a swimsuit top called “Ashley.” I was described as a “push up triangle” top, which is essentially a padded, push-up bikini top (designed to push breasts up and out, drawing attention to them). Due to controversy over the garment, the company removed the phrase “push up” on the website, even though they continued to sell the bikini top, and the top continued to be padded and push-up