Activism Project

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Activism ProjectWomen’s Studies 2010 : 

Activism ProjectWomen’s Studies 2010 Magazine Subscriptions Allison Phillips

In my project I sent in magazine subscriptions to Cosmopolitan saying things like, “FEED YOUR MODELS!” and “YOUR MODELS ARE TOO SKINNY” : 

What was the Project? In my project I sent in magazine subscriptions to Cosmopolitan saying things like, “FEED YOUR MODELS!” and “YOUR MODELS ARE TOO SKINNY”

What did your project focus on? : 

What did your project focus on? My project focused on how magazines, commercials, billboards, etc portray the image of women. Nearly all models in magazines weigh slim to nothing.

What part did you play? : 

What part did you play? I mostly did this project by myself, so I did nearly everything. I went to the store and got the subscription cards out of the magazines. Me and some of my friends (who aren’t in women’s studies) wrote on the cards and then mailed them in to the magazine companies.

What did you like about the project? : 

What did you like about the project? I liked that it helped me get my feelings and emotions out, in a non-verbal way. Just because I didn’t lecture about this to a room full of people doesn’t mean I didn’t get my word across.

What did you dislike about the project? : 

What did you dislike about the project? I felt like it would have been more productive if more people had worked together. It was kind of difficult to talk with people over the Weebly discussion board, since everyone else had their own ideas.

What worked? : 

What worked? Even though I worked alone, I feel that my project was very successful in getting word out. Also, involving friends who weren’t in Women’s Studies helped get the word out with everyday people. Not just people in the Cosmo world.

What didn’t? : 

What didn’t? Since I had to mail the subscriptions in, I’m not real positive that the magazine companies got the subscriptions.

What would you do the same? : 

What would you do the same? Pick one magazine company and stick with it. It is more effective to send in subscriptions to one company than three companies.

What would you do differently? : 

What would you do differently? If more people worked together, people could have split up magazines. Such as, one person take Cosmo and send it 20 cards. Another take Seventeen and send in 20 cards, etc.

How could your project be improved? : 

How could your project be improved? I think it could be improved if people starting collecting magazine subscriptions from the beginning of the class period. Because I only collected them for a few weeks I didn’t have as many as I would have liked to.

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