- Have you seen the "Dove Real Beauty Sketches" ad that's gone viral? In less than two weeks, it has more than 32 million Youtube views. Superficially, it has a touchy-feely message that all women are beautiful and we are all too self-critical. However, the campaign has been criticised for its focus on thin, blonde, conventionally beautiful women and the fact that Dove is owned by Unilever, which also owns brands known for ad campaigns that objectify women (such as Axe in the USA and Lynx in Australia). Worse, Unilever has a reputation for human rights abuses. See more feminist responses to the Dove ad here. (Rachel Hills)
- More than 360 people were killed (and the search for bodies continues) in a building collapse in Bangladesh this week. Garment factory workers were reportedly forced to stay and work in a building that was known to be at risk of collapse. As usual, this tragedy has had little cover in the Australian mainstream media. You can follow the international news feed here.
- We've all heard of Make Poverty History. What if we aimed to Make Inequality History? (Oxfam blogs)
- Is access to water a human right? The Nestle CEO thinks that's an "extreme" view held by NGOs. (True Activist via @ONeillJazz)
- The interaction between the medical profession and Big Pharma is often questionable (for a great book on the topic, see "Bad Pharma" by Ben Goldacre). This Global Mail article looks at a new marketing tactic being employed in Australia.
- One of my favourite food writers, Michael Pollan, has just released a new book, "Cooked." I look forward to reading it and also checking out some of these other food books he recommends. (Barnes & Noble via @michaelpollan)
Sunday, April 28, 2013
Sunday, April 21, 2013
I enjoy it when bloggers post lists of recommended reading, collated from recent online articles and blog posts. Often these lists have fanciful names. Mine doesn't. Enjoy.
- Rohan Anderson of Whole Larder Love on food, health, climate and why he can't find any fucking mushrooms
- A nice Australian summary of the Slow Food movement - (The Conversation via Slow Food Perth)
- Advertising is designed to make us feel bad so we buy more - duh (mnmlist)
- I still haven't found any ethically made bras with under wire. Maybe I can try to make my own chimera - or as I prefer, Frankenbra (The Double Life of Mrs M)
- If you use disposable wipes or cotton rounds to remove make-up, consider these reusable, recyclable cloths for removing make-up (Wardrobe Oxygen)
- Ever wondered what to do with your old, unwanted mattress? This article (and the accompanying comments) give some suggestions. (Sarah Wilson)