A chocolate cake you won't regret! Examples of choice/regret in mainstream media.
April 26, 2010 4:45 PM Subscribe
A decadent chocolate cake you won't regret? Help me find examples of choice and regret in popular/mainstream media, including advertising/marketing, but also on the magazine stand, in sitcoms, etc.
posted by soviet sleepover to media & arts (14 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
Mainstream advertising targeting women is full of examples of, say, a decadent chocolate cake you won't regret, et cetera. I'm looking for examples like that, and at the same time, I'm interested in how the popular rhetoric of choice and regret seems to only target women. (Men's choices, whatever they may be, don't really seem to be part of public discussion nearly so much.) Though the choices are often inconsequential, I'm curious what effect that kind of rhetoric--of women's innate fallibility, even when it comes to dessert decisions--has on larger issues of choice in popular narrative. Of course the most obvious is abortion (e.g. "a woman's right to choose"), and the right-wing anti-choice propaganda that accompanies it, though I'm equally interested in less iconic choices. Plus: what am I totally overlooking in this pretty-rudimentary argument?
I should confess: I'm embarrassingly unaware of popular (and not-so-popular) media/memes, so I imagine anything you have to suggest will be a really helpful start, no matter how dated! (Also, I'm considering turning this into a short essay, but I'm not in school or nothin', so I promise this isn't do-my-homework-for-me filter. I'm just gathering ideas to get an idea of how to move forward & figure out where the holes in my logic are! Finally, I'm sure if I were a total smartypants, I'd already know the amazing feminist social contract theory that dovetails with this idea, but I'm not--suggestions? I'm veering way off topic here, I know!)