Archive for September 29, 2015

Does Sex Sell Jeans?

-Submitted by an Anonymous Volunteer of The Emily Program Foundation

This ad says “sex sells” in big font and all capital letters with an asterisk* at the end. Underneath in a much smaller font it says “*unfortunately we sell jeans.” Can you guess what brand it is? Diesel, and they are attempting to sell their jeans.

When I look at this ad I see two half naked people in a sexually provocative manner. The guy is focused on the girl’s chest, and the girl is excited about something- I doubt it’s the jeans. Are they sure they are selling pants?

The caption “unfortunately we sell jeans” does not give the impression that their product is that great. It sounds like they would much rather sell sex.

Diesel jeans are usually aimed towards a younger audience. So what this image does is give young people the idea that they need to “put out” sexually to be happy.
Diesel is not a bad company. In fact I have a pair of their jeans. But, their method of advertising does not give the impression that buying a pair of their jeans means quality or comfort. The ad portrays that Diesel is a sexy company and they sell sexy products to sexy people.

The picture is correct in stating that “Sex Sells.” However, what else does ‘sex’ sell? Bad body image? Objectification? Lack of self-worth? Eating disorders?

Consider these questions while looking at the image:

  • If there was no caption, what would you think the image was selling?
  • Why is ‘sex’ so commonly used for advertising?
  • What can you do to challenge the belief that ‘sex sells’?
  • Do you think the concept of ‘sex sells’ affects women more than men? Why or why not?

Appreciating Bodies (part 2)

Legs give me power – they give me strength.
Every walk I take reminds me of the places I can go with my legs.
I love my legs because they are strong and beautiful, just like me.
-Submitted by Anonymous Volunteer

I love my body because it has made me the person that I am today. It has allowed me to become an athlete. More importantly a baseball pitcher, which gives my confidence and uniqueness. I love my body because it has led me to meet some incredible lifelong friends, those who keep me mentally stable and positive. My mind has allowed me to grow educationally and will continue to guide my learning to make for a successful future. Every inch of my body makes me unique and different from everyone else, which is something that I truly love and cherish. I also love my body because it has proven to be internally strong, preventing serious injuries and/or pain, not only physically, but emotionally as well.
-Submitted by Zach M.

I love my hands because they allow me to grab whatever I need and to hold on when things get rough. I love my eyes because they allow me to see all that surrounds me. I love my legs because they allow me to move from place to place and experience all that I want to do. I love my neck because it gives me the ability to turn my head so I can take in all that surrounds me. I love my torso because it gives a different perspective of what a stomach is “suppose” to look like. And above all, I love my mind because it allows my arms to move, my fingers to grab, my legs to walk and my body to cope with the pain and suffering life gives.
-Submitted by Anonymous Volunteer

I appreciate my mind for exploring deep thoughts and curiosity. I am grateful for having an infinity for creativity and artistry.
My ears open a world of musical joy to me. And it also gives me the ability and opportunity to absorb the stories and unique and special perspectives of the voices of others. I love how my heart and lungs have the stamina to keep me running through the beautiful and luscious groves of vegetation and nature. And I love how my eyes can recognize a smile that brings me so much happiness.
-Submitted by Anonymous Volunteer

Brave and Strong

As a male growing up in today’s society, I have always thought that being big and strong was important. From sports figures to ads and characters in video games, the emphasis of strength and muscle is everywhere.
I grew up playing videos games, and my favorite game was Legend of Zelda.  Link was the main character.  Brave and strong, he could do anything- which I admired and I wanted to be the same. I thought if I played sports I would also be strong and brave and it would make me more masculine, which I thought I was supposed to be.

However, as I have gotten older the messages that I got from media have started to change. For example this ad by Old Spice: there is a perception of a big and strong man doing something ridiculous or extreme.  I used to think this was impressive and funny and that I wanted to look like that. I might have even bought the product with the idea that people who use Old Spice are impressive and attention-grabbers.  Now however, I know that this advertisement is made to sell the product.  The model does not represent what most men look like in America and what he is doing does not make much sense.  The ad does not make clear what the product actually is, whether it is advertising one specific item or a variety of Old Spice products.

In Jean Kilbourne’s essay of Rereading America she says, “Men conquer […], always with the essential aid of a product” (420).  Marketing ads tell us that products assist men to be dominant and to conquer, an assumed trait all males are supposed to display.  The ideal body for men is muscular and big, but how realistic is that?

This advertisement is created in an almost fantasy-like manner.  It is not likely that men could have volcano’s erupting as hair, sand with miniature people basking in the sun as a shirt, and doll-size whales coming out of their shoulders.  Since the accessories on the man in the add are not realistic, then why do we think the man is?  I can now see that the model and his body are probably not real and definitely do not represent what most men in our society look like.

-Submitted by Matthew McDonald

Art and Eating Disorders – Building Community Awareness 2015

                              The Emily Program Foundation          

Attention Artists!

The Emily Program Foundation is calling to you for your artwork inspired by body image, eating disorders or related experiences. We are excited to have our third art exhibition at the Art Institutes International Art Gallery to build awareness and education around eating disorders in our community. The exhibition will be on display November 14th – December 10th, 2015.

If you have ever created artwork inspired by eating disorder recovery, please submit your work to this show!  Themes include, but are not limited to, eating disorders, body image, and recovery.

Don’t wait to take part in this show; space is limited.  Submissions are accepted on a first-come first-serve basis.  Art pieces must be framed and ready to hang on a wire upon submission. Artwork will be displayed anonymously (unless otherwise requested).

Please submit your artwork with a submission form to Emily Monson no later than October 19th, 2015

Submit works to Emily Monson, Community Educator
1295 Bandana Blvd. W., Ste. 210, St. Paul, MN 55108
Contact Emily at or 651-379-6122 with questions and to obtain a submission form.


Appreciating Bodies

I love my…
•    Heart (big)
•    Social side (friendly)
•    Long legs
•    Imagination
•    Sense of humor
•    Originally all-together
I really love many aspects about myself in general. The little that make me so unique and original are what I truly appreciate. I believe I have a big heart and a great social side to myself. I am willing to flash a smile at others if they seem upset or confused. Also my imagination is super strong and my sense of humor is fantastic since I can laugh at almost anything of my body. There are many things I love, but my proudest feature would have to be my tall, long, tan legs.
-Submitted by Anonymous Volunteer

I love my legs because I can move freely around with them.  I love my eyes because they allow me to see the world. I love my fingers because they allow me to hold objects. I love my nose because it allows me to breathe. I love my teeth because they allow me to chew yummy food. I love my tongue because it allows me to taste yummy food. I love my feet because they give me balance. I love my ears because they allow me to hear. I love my hair because I can flip it over my shoulder when I’m cocky…that’s a joke. I love my torso because I can use it to lay down and sleep. I love my fingers because I can use them to text.

-Submitted by Ana Vo



I love my body because I can experience life. I appreciate being able to walk the Earth. I love my ears the most for listening to music and wearing earrings. I also like that I can feel and touch things. Having a tongue is awesome for tasting food. My mind allows me to think and overcome obstacles.

-Submitted by Anonymous Volunteer

I love my body because it is me. It makes me whole I am. Every part of my body works. I can use my arms to lift things and I can use my legs to walk. I can move, sit, stand, play sports, etc. and because of that I love my body. I can do the things I want to do.

-Submitted by Anonymous Volunteer

I love my legs because they are very strong and I am able to play sports and do well because of them. I love my birthmarks that I have over my body because they make me very unique. I also love my mind because that is what has led me to awesome opportunities.
-Submitted by Anonymous Volunteer