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“To assume that it is a problem is to assume that the state of Earth’s climate today is the optimal climate, the best climate that we could have or ever have had and that we need to take steps to make sure that it doesn’t change… I guess I would ask which human beings — where and when — are to be accorded the privilege of deciding that this particular climate that we have right here today, right now is the best climate for all other human beings. I think that’s a rather arrogant position for people to take.”
– NASA Administrator Michael Griffin, during an NPR interview on May 31, 2007.

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Killing Us Softly 3 is a shoft film in which Jean Kilbourne speaks about poor gender representation in advertising.

Dr. Kilbourne points out that advertising media has an indirect way of altering what we believe about ourselves, and about the world. She says that many ads give the message that women are inferior beings, that they are objects for men’s enjoyment, that they must measure up to an impossible ideal or be worthless, that women should be quiet and submissive, that men should be dominant, and that an attitude of violence is acceptable in men. Kilbourne goes on to say that racism and homophobia are also present in many advertisements. One of her main points is that when people begin to think of other people (be they women, black, homosexual, or otherwise) as less human or of less worth than oneself, the likelihood of violence towards women increases significantly, especially when feminine traits in males are treated as weak and unmanly, and aggression and violence are shown to be important aspects of masculinity.

One criticism of the documentary is that Kilbourne claims many things about culture, and trends in advertising, but does little to back it up with numbers. What do you think?

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