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At Kroger, loaded guns are safer than skateboards, ice cream, and bare chests

Posted by Tom Megginson | 6-11-2014 17:33 | Category: Activism

At Kroger, loaded guns are safer than skateboards, ice cream, and bare chests

It’s hard to fathom why anyone thinks it’s a good idea for citizens to bring loaded weapons into public places. But many of the United States of America, it is considered a right.

Some national chains, like Starbucks, have asked that customers “no longer bring firearms into our stores or outdoor seating areas.” But others, such as the huge grocery chain Kroger, refuse to take a stand. So Moms Demand Action For Gun Sense in America are pushing for consumer action.

The campaign points out the absurdity of a store prohibiting things like skateboards, outside foods, and shirtlessness from their stores, to protect shoppers, while allowing loaded guns. “This inconsistency is particularly shocking given that the laws in a majority of states do not require a background check, permitting or even training to open carry a firearm. In all states, but especially those where gun laws are lax, businesses have an obligation to protect their employees and patrons,” says Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action.


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These strawmen want you to #carelikecrazy about voting

Posted by Tom Megginson | 8-10-2014 19:26 | Category: Politics

Rock The Vote: These strawmen want you to #carelikecrazy about voting

Rock The Vote is a non-partisan not-for-profit in the USA that has been trying to engage more youth in democracy since 1990. But although they represent no particular political party, the new flight of ads designed to increase voter participation in the American mid-term elections are clearly progressive on social issues.

Each ad represents a spokesperson for a regressive point-of-view. While there are certainly real people out there who are as unpleasant — or worse — than these caricatures, they are clearly fictionalized straw men standing in for extreme views.

Here’s the ant—feminist:


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Is this #HeForShe video helping feminism?

Posted by Tom Megginson | 29-09-2014 15:25 | Category: Gender issues

Is this #HeForShe video helping feminism?

The United Nations’ #HeForShe campaign had a fantastic launch, with Emma Watson’s impassioned speech deservedly going viral. She stood up and described how everyday sexism continues to discourage girls and women from being strong, physical, and outspoken. And she defended the “feminist” label as a simple demand for sexual equality. But most importantly, she called for solidarity between men and women in achieving it.

And then this video came out:

On the surface, it looks like a group of men from all walks of life answering Ms. Watson’s call. But delve deeper, and it becomes problematic. For me, anyway.


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New Budweiser PSA isn’t a dog’s breakfast

Posted by Tom Megginson | 22-09-2014 13:00 | Category: Corporate Social Responsibility

New Budweiser PSA isn't a dog's breakfast

I was ready to dislike this anti-drunk-driving PSA from Anheuser-Busch. It just seemed so manipulative from the start. But the ending totally redeemed it:


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Jon Hamm wants YOU to stop rape culture

Posted by Tom Megginson | 19-09-2014 17:05 | Category: Violence

Jon Hamm wants YOU to stop rape culture.

He may play a real bastard on Mad Men, but by all accounts Jon Hamm is a great guy in real life. So I’m not surprised he is the spokesperson for this campaign for the White House that obliquely addresses the problem of rape culture:


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Native American group calls out FedEx for Redskins sponsorship

Posted by Tom Megginson | 18-09-2014 19:07 | Category: Discrimination

Native American group calls out FedEx for Redskins sponsorship.

Artist and filmmaker Steven Paul Judd stars in this short parody of a FedEx commercial, intended to shame a major corporate sponsor of the controversial Washington Redskins NFL team:

Not the most subtle of satire, its point is pretty clear: Why do so many Americans have a different standard for derogatory portrayals of Native Americans than they do for other minority groups?


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If they find it, they’ll play with it

Posted by Tom Megginson | 26-06-2014 21:46 | Category: Politics

Gun safety ad from Evolve: If they find it, they'll play with it.

This ad for Evolve, a gun safety NGO in the United States, is pretty hilarious:


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Cute sunscreen ad compares sunbathing to casual sex

Posted by Tom Megginson | 17-06-2014 20:07 | Category: Corporate Social Responsibility

Sun Bum: Cute sunscreen ad compares sunbathing to casual sex.

While it’s essentially a product ad, this “PSA” by Florida skincare company Sun Bum is a sweet take on responsible hedonism:


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1970s: American Cancer Society begins the long fight against tanning #TBT #throwbackthursday

Posted by Tom Megginson | 8-05-2014 14:18 | Category: Vintage

1970s: American Cancer Society begins the long fight against tanning

I’m old enough to remember when we weren’t taught to fear overexposure to the sun. As a pale, Anglo-Canadian child in the ‘70s, I believed that the occasional sunburn was just part of summer. By the ‘80s, when I was a teen, I would start trying to get a tan on warmer days in April and May.

And why wouldn’t I have? This was the typical skincare advertising of the day:

1970s: American Cancer Society begins the long fight against tanning
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But the idea that tanning, like smoking, is a major cancer hazard was already on the radar of social marketers in the 1970s. See a vintage ad from the American Cancer Society, below:


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[#TBT] Jimmy Carter as a Spokesman for Pot Decriminalization, 1979

Posted by Tom Megginson | 1-05-2014 11:36 | Category: Drugs

Jimmy Carter as a Spokesman for Pot Decriminalization, 1979.

My friend and colleague Kerry shared this find with me. It’s from a March 1979 issue of Playboy, and it reveals an interesting moment in United States drug history.

In the late ‘70s, decriminalization of marijuana seemed to be a natural next step in the liberalization of laws in the West.


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