UnSorbet yourself

By Pearl Pillay “The Victorian woman became her ovaries, as today’s woman has become her ‘beauty’.” Naomi Wolf’s sentiments from her book The Beauty Myth: How Images of Beauty Are Used Against Women sprung to mind as I drove on the M1 North today. The refreshing feel of a new billboard on the highway was…

On always being ready ‘down there’, or, why Wilkinson Sword’s bikini trimmer ad makes me want to vom

The Wilkinson bikini trimmer ad is of the same ilk, where objectification is flimsily disguised as empowerment. Gloriously annoying, wholly and bafflingly contradictory, it sets out the idea that we should all be spontaneous about getting our minge out, with the proviso that this is only strictly possible if we put in the time to…

Thailand racism row reignited by Unilever ad for skin-whitening cream

An advert for a skin-whitening cream which appeared to offer university scholarships to students with fairer skin has stoked a debate over racism in Thailand, where Unilever – the company behind the ad – has been forced to apologise for any “misunderstandings”. The “Citra search for clear, soft and glowing skin” asked female students to…