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These Pictures Offer Incredible Insight Into How The Advertising Industry Exploits Women

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In recent years, the world of fashion and advertising has distastefully blurred the lines between right and wrong, creating a pronounced grey area of supposedly acceptable imagery which includes everything from BDSM and rape to abuse, aggression, and underage perversion. And this phenomenon can’t simply be narrowed down to ‘artistry’ when the symbolism is so blatantly sexist and even morbid.

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I mean, is it appropriate for 4-year olds to have a lingerie line, never mind to be photographed in them? I have a 2-year old niece and while I think it’s adorable for her to have cute bathing suits, I would never allow her to wear something provocative in any way. It’s heavily insinuated that Americans are just uptight when it comes to sex, and in many respects this is true, but there is a line that must be drawn when it comes to children that culture cannot influence.

So while Luis Paredes, the publisher of The Lingerie Journal, may blithely assert that “while Americans may be shocked, the line of clothing wouldn’t cause a ripple in Europe,” the reality is that we are looking at the exploitation of children. We may have antiquated views about breastfeeding and sex, to be sure, but sexualized images of children are in a whole different ballpark, and considering the UK’s current heavy investigation into pedophile rings being attended by high government officials, maybe these ads should be causing some ripples.

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Kylie Jenner, an heiress of the Kardashian clan, has received heavy media attention over her recent lip injection (to each their own), but it was this particular photo shoot that brought her under major scrutiny. The cover image for Interview magazine features Kylie in a wheelchair. Why?

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Shot by Steven Klein, the shoot is supposed to be reminiscent of work produced by Allen Jones, a British pop artist famous for his controversial sculptures of half-naked women on all fours and in other submissive positions being used as human furniture. Quite objectifying. (You can view the full gallery here.)

These next few images highlight the absurdity of advertisements today, switching the sex of the subject (or should I say object) in the ad to underscore how ridiculous and demeaning their roles truly are. Thanks to Lauren Wade from Take Part for creating these images.

Sisley ad, photographed by Terry Richardson, 2006

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This isn’t the first time we’ve seen sexual abuse in advertisements and it definitely isn’t less upsetting when a guy takes her place. The disturbing tone of this ad is hardly surprising considering it was shot by the infamous Terry Richardson, who carries a string of sexual misconduct allegations with models under his belt. I mean the guy himself said, “It’s not who you know, it’s who you blow. I don’t have a hole in my jeans for nothing.”

Tom Ford for Men ad, photographed by Terry Richardson, 2007

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Well we certainly know that sex sells, but why is this appropriate as an advertisement, yet women are still being shunned into bathroom stalls to breastfeed their babies? It’s easy to see how much less appealing this is with men’s breasts instead.

American Apparel ad, 2010

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Wondering what the purpose of this ad is? You’re not alone, since this is a product that is clearly marketed to women. But these images really come as no surprise. American Apparel CEO Dov Charney was unceremoniously dismissed from his position in December of 2014 because of the A.A. board’s “ongoing investigation into alleged misconduct”  — which includes (but is not limited to): holding an employee as a personal sex slave for eight months, sexually harassing multiple models and employees, assaulting a store manager, using ethnic and racist slurs with staff, and masturbating in front of a reporter in a 2004 Jane magazine article.

American Apparel ad, 2007

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If this really is an ad marketed to women, what kind of message is it supposed to send? This image is pretty standard for the company though, considering they once featured then-CEO Dov Charney in bed with models in one ad and having his crotch licked in another. How did it get this far to publication? Even with a male on display it’s pretty disturbing, but at least brings some humour. Interesting that one is sexy and the other comical.

Marc Jacobs ad, photographed by Juergen Teller, 2008

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What do you think this ad is trying to illustrate? Why would a brand use a wrinkled bag to market their products?

These images only provide a glimpse at broad the spectrum of degradation toward women present in advertising and if you think the images itself are enough to make you ponder, imagine what goes on at these shoots or even at the castings.

Charlotte Waters was a 19-year-old art student when she contacted Terry Richardson for a shoot, having only heard he was a good connection to make and work with. “He had me unbutton his pants, and he took his penis out, and it was all completely downhill from there.” She said in an interview with Vocativ. He even went as far as ejaculating on her face. 

Sara Ziff, founder of advocacy group Model Alliance, was also 19 when her agency sent her to Richardson. “It was supposed to be for a mainstream fashion magazine, but when I arrived, he unexpectedly asked me to pose topless,” she says. “I felt pressured to comply because my agent had told me to make a good impression because he was an important photographer who shot for all the major magazines and brands.” On HuffPost Live, Ziff exclaimed, “[Richardson] will ask you to take your clothes off at the casting, and in some cases, give him sexual favors.”

Model Alliance is Sara Ziff’s effort to establish fair labor standards for models working in the American fashion industry. She hopes to protect working models from exploitation, especially from sexual abuse, and to improve the lot of its members in terms of pay and working conditions. It has drawn up a “Models’ Bill of Rights.”

Model Alliance was inspired by Sara’s time working on the documentary Picture Me

Sara had this to say about the documentary in an interview with Fashionista:

[“Picture Me”] was on the festival circuit in 2009, and it was really at Q&A discussions for the film that we started talking about the need for a union, like the equivalent of the Screen Actors’ Guild, which is now SAG-AFTRA, for models. Models would come to these screenings and get really emotional talking about bad experiences they’ve had, and the film became this organizing tool to raise awareness publicly, but also within the industry. We wanted an existing union to extend membership to models, but when it became clear that that wasn’t possible, I was crazy enough to take it upon myself and start up from scratch, which people warned me not to do, but I also was studying labor and organizing in college.

The majority of models start their careers before the age 16, with most working unchaperoned and far from home. This creates an unconscionable environment of coercion, where the incentive to get hired (and remain employed) is enough to keep most girls quiet. Sara Ziff talks about her own experience with this firsthand at the age of 14:

When I entered the business as a 14-year-old schoolgirl, I was routinely asked to do topless shoots and pose seductively. To this day, in an industry dominated by minors, there is no policy of informed consent for jobs involving full or partial nudity. A recent survey shows that 86.8% of models have been asked to pose nude at a casting or job without advance notice.

Girl Model is another documentary exposing the terrifyingly young age at which some models start working. The film follows 13-year-old Siberian-born model Nadya Vall on her quest to become a model, accompanied most of the time by Ashley Arbaugh, the American modeling scout (and former model) who discovers her.

In my opinion, to be successful and thrive in the fashion industry, you need to have a sound idea of who you are as an individual and what you stand for, and unfortunately, most girls who are recruited at 14 or younger are still discovering who they are and what their place is in the world. This makes it easier for agents and scouts to shape them into who they think they should be, almost inevitably promoting a mental instability and dependency on those around them.

This article can only provide for you a different perspective on the reality that certain individuals in the fashion industry must face. Like with all things in life, there are great things about this industry and there are terrible, but it just seems that most of the ‘bad’ has been swept under the rug, with little to no attention being paid to the bigger fallacies presented by advertising companies.

Images like these allow us to see the toxic leaks that are trickling into our society, helping us to be more critical about what we are ingesting visually and more proactive in learning more about a massive money making machine that bombards us with a skewed view of the world from all sides.

Stay critical and stay aware, it helps to shift perspectives and ultimately the industry.

Sources

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/cifamerica/2012/feb/13/ugly-truth-fashion-model-behavior

http://www.takepart.com/feature/2014/07/09/what-if-fashion-objectified-males-same-scary-way-it-does-females

http://www.vocativ.com/underworld/sex/oh-god-whats-happening-close-personal-terry-richardson-model/

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07/17/fashion-ads-treated-men-and-women-same_n_5589243.html

http://www.theguardian.com/fashion/2012/feb/01/sara-ziff-models-workers-rights-group

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/cifamerica/2012/feb/13/ugly-truth-fashion-model-behavior

http://nymag.com/thecut/2014/06/terry-richardson-interview.html

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A UFO The Size Of Planet Earth Seen Hovering Near Saturn

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In Brief

  • The Facts:

    The picture here comes from a long time NASA scientist, one of many photos covered-up and hid from the public from the Voyager mission in 1980. That mission was tasked with photographing Saturn, its rings and its moons.

  • Reflect On:

    What does this mean for humanity? Why the cover-up? Are we ready to accept that this may be a reality? What kinds of implications are there from the realization that we are not alone, and that highly advanced, intelligent beings are out there?

The pictures NASA got back from the Voyager mission to Saturn in 1980 were apparently so mind-altering that they locked them up–at least that’s what retired U.S. Army Command Sergeant Major Bob Dean said in this lecture. He also showed numerous photographs from the Apollo missions that were never released to the public. You can view some of those photographs here. Multiple governments, like Russia, have been calling for an international investigation as to where photographs, footage and Moon rocks disappeared to.

The picture above does not come from Dean, it comes from one of his good friends Norman Bergrun, a scientist and engineer who was part of NASA’s voyager program. He worked at NASA for decades at the Ames Research Centre. He also worked at Lockheed Martin where he managed the Polaris missile tests. Unfortunately, he recently passed. You can view his obituary here.

He is a legend for going public.

Luminous Source

What is the picture of? It’s a “luminous source,” that comes from Bergrun’s Book, “The Ringmakers of Saturn.” He had to go through a lot of trouble to publish it, and had to leave the country in order to do so, as Dean explained in the lecture linked above.

According to Bergrun, there are several large craft “proliferating” out around Saturn and its moons. His book goes into much greater detail, and although it’s hard to find and costs thousands of dollars, it is linked online, here.

Frustrated By Non-Disclosure

According to Dean, Bergrun got frustrated later in life that the decision was made not to tell the public what they had photographed at Saturn. My previous article Long-Time Nasa Scientist Blows The Whistle On Tall Black Extraterrestrial Beings describes Bergrun exposing the existence of what he calls extraterrestrial ‘vehicles’ that were responsible for making the rings around Saturn.

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In a rare interview he gave with Kerry Cassidy of Project Camelot (below), he expressed his great concern of the UFO cover-up and stated with enthusiasm that “people have got to be made aware that those things are real.” I’ve presented this video in multiple articles, but you cannot present this interview if you’re writing an article about Norman Bergrun!

The Takeaway

In his book, Norman makes it a clear point to emphasize that these objects have probably been around much longer than we have. He also states that if there was any ill intent towards our planet, something probably would have happened by now and there is a reason that these objects (which he stated are intelligently controlled, not by us) have not come in close proximity to our planet. By coming closer than they already are they may, and already probably do have some effects on our own weather. This is something Norman also mentions in his book.

A lot of ridicule and fear exists behind this topic, and today it’s no longer taboo as mainstream disclosure has begun. We are becoming more aware, and despite mainstream media and the global elite having a lot to lose from the disclosure of this type of information (propulsion systems, oil, etc..), the truth is leaking out. It’s a field filled with information and disinformation, so one has to be cautious and remain skeptical. At the end of the day, we know that we are not alone, and it has huge implications for all areas of humanity–not the least of which is that it will ultimately force humanity to look within.

More awareness of this presence is coinciding with a massive ‘spiritual’ awakening that’s happening on the planet, and this is not by coincidence. It seems that a growing awareness of what’s out there will serve to help humanity better understand itself.

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Google CEO’s Testimony Further Collapses Russian Interference Narrative

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  • The Facts:

    Recent testimony from Google CEO Sundar Pichai takes yet another leg out of the crumbling Russian election-meddling narrative used to cast doubt on the Trump presidency.

  • Reflect On:

    Is the Deep State, through mainstream media, simply projecting all the things they do themselves? How else would they know how to build these narratives so well? Breaking this illusion is an important step in awakening our consciousness.

The importance of specific nuances within the recent 2016 Presidential election in the United States is not widely discussed as we often get too caught up in political sides, our own narratives and propaganda from mainstream media.

Point blank, this recent election illustrated a changing of the guard when looking specifically at the shadow government or Deep State. This is missed by the average person as their faith still rests in democracy, the left-right voting paradigm and the idea that the government actually runs the country. This nuance is missed by some in alternative media sources who, even though they may recognize the existence of the cabal, cannot get out from behind their own narrative enough to recognize the signs that the cabal is losing power.

And of course, those who watch, listen to and rely on mainstream media are simply misinformed on most issues–deeply. Mainstream media is owned and operated by this cabal, and of late they’ve been clinging to their narratives like there’s no tomorrow. The key takeaway when discussing this nuance is in the fact that this isn’t about left vs right, but about the cabal losing power. More on this later.

RussiaGate Right Out Of The Gate

Shortly after the 2016 election ended and people had gotten over the shock that Donald Trump would be the next president of the United States, ‘fake news’ and ‘Russian election meddling’ became the focus for why Hillary lost. While at first many blamed ‘stupid old white men,’ a meme sill alive today, the focus soon changed to a new and potentially more potent theory, fully supported by the DNC, that Russia must have been the cause.

The problem was, the theory had little to no evidence, and that has not changed. It’s also proving to be a very large distraction that still lives on to this day regardless of the fact that time and time again, it is proven to be illegitimate.

Still, mainstream media continues to promote it, as seen in the Bezos-owned Washington Post article Without the Russians, Trump Wouldn’t Have Won, or in a NewYorker article entitled How Russia Helped Swing the Election for Trumpwhich posits “…forensic analysis of the available evidence and concludes that Russia very likely delivered Trump’s victory.”

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CNN came under a lot of fire during the Russian meddling allegations for continually publishing fake news stories about it. Some CNN reporters even resigned after they had to retract false stories. There is also a video of a CNN reporter stating “they have nothing” and “it’s for ratings”, when referring to Russian election interference. More on all of that here.

Google CEO’s Damning Testimony

The reason why this narrative is so important to the deep state is multifaceted. It continues to promote control over social media networks, it continues to produce the idea that Trump only won due to a rigged election, it continues to create hate and divide amongst the populace, it continues to created an enemy in Russia, who now is being blamed in some mainstream circles as the cause of France’s unrest! Whether people believe it all or not, it still continues to distract them from the underlying reality that the deep state is losing power and falling apart at the seams.

In the most recent development, Google’s CEO Sundar Pichai testified about political bias and data collection before a Congressional committee on December 11th, 2018. He was questioned about Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and what he revealed essentially collapsed the entire narrative. He discussed transparently that the number of ads that were purchased via Google by “Russians” totaled less than $5000 worth, and that the ads didn’t push for Trump or Hillary.

What should be headlines all over America, is nothing more than brushed under the rug by MSM. Below you can hear more analysis on this by RT news. I do want to point out, I don’t particularly support the tone of this interview, but nonetheless, the analysis and facts are there.

Projection

So we have to ask the question: what is really going on here? When we closely analyze what’s been taking place in recent times, we begin to see that there is a great deal of projection going on here.

The ploy to blame Russia for election meddling seems more likely borne out of the idea that Americans are easily convinced that Russia is an enemy and they do bad things. Further to that, the Deep State, including the Clintons, had allegedly been colluding with Russia in the Uranium One deal. And the FBI refuses to release three dozen memos that would yield a full investigation. Why? And why does there seem to be a gag order on this story in mainstream media?

Claims that “fake news” is a huge problem and that we need to crack down are abundant in the mainstream; the fact is that the Deep State uses mainstream media to control and limit narratives and purposefully misinform the public on events. Note that at least 200 independent media pages have been ousted by Facebook after political pressure from this election. Why? Because independent media was able to bring different narratives to millions and millions of people, a huge threat to the mainstream media and the Deep State. They then called these independent media outlets “fake news” purveyors and removed them from people’s view. Thus, the very thing they are calling out others for is what they themselves are doing, and of course with all their experience they know how to do that VERY well.

Headlines could very easily be all over mainstream media about these things, but they aren’t. Instead, search results are overwhelmingly littered with the Russian election meddling narrative at the simple touch of typing the word ‘Russian’ in Google.

The Takeaway

Awakening to these truths is a crucial step in breaking the illusion about our world so we can properly move forward. Breaking the illusion IS a consciousness-based process as well. It’s about a level of expansion within ourselves that allows us to awaken to the reality beyond the manipulation of the mind and ego consciousness. The world becomes much more clear when we shift to this state, and the solutions that arise out of this state of being are not ones that continue to fuel our currently polarized world, but ones that will end the existence of this cabal, and that will further move along the process of allowing humanity to thrive.

The reason Trump is a threat, and why we mentioned above that the important nuance is a changing of the guard, is because he is playing the role of figurehead for a deeper intelligence community that has long been aligned together for the purposes of removing the Deep State from power. The environment to achieve this and ultimately move this process along is created by our collective consciousness. We must evolve our consciousness along with these actions for us to see them fully realized.

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Yellow Vests Update: CNN Says They Are Creating Chaos, But Are They?

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  • The Facts:

    In a recent CNN article, they claim that the Yellow Vests are creating 'chaos in France.' But are they actually creating chaos? Or is there a bigger picture here?

  • Reflect On:

    Are we taking the time to look at multiple angles of coverage on this groundbreaking event to better determine truth? Is there a bigger play going on where the elite is scrambling to control this narrative?

France may never be the same. Protests, tear gas and more are filling the major cities in France as the “Yellow Vests” come together in the tens of thousands to raise awareness about a long list of demands they have for their government. Before we get into our most recent analysis, let’s have a recap of what has happened as of yet.

The current protest is being called the biggest and one of the most violent in the past 50 years. One of the most significant aspects of this recent uprising is multiple occurrences of police officers removing their helmets in solidarity with protesters. It brought some to tears and inspired many others, as it illustrated a level of solidarity that isn’t often seen in public protests. Everybody in France is being affected by the decisions being made by Macron and the governments of years prior, a story we covered in more detail here.

This is what we are seeing glimpses of when we watch police, firefighters, and protesters unify as people. Beyond their uniforms, they are all just people, living through an experience that affects them all. This is a terrifying reality for the Deep State as they and their system thrives off of humanity being divided, at war with one another and emotionally triggered and invested in the cabal’s system.

This is probably one of the biggest reasons why mainstream media doesn’t talk about this particular story, one where people are unifying. Instead, they want to focus on the crazy, wild protester vs the calm, needed police who protect the establishment.–Joe Martino, from his recent article explaining why the Deep State has a problem in France

Media Perception Control

This movement has seen no shortage of perception manipulation. This is why, as I’ve written about and documented many times before, intelligence/government agencies have a very close relationship with mainstream media. Mainstream media will always present events that show how much we are unifying and coming together, in a completely different manner. CE writer Richard Enos, who recently published an article with regards to what’s going on in France, sums up the issue quite well here.

Of course, what do we hear about most in the Mainstream Media when it comes to legitimate protests? An initial strategy might be to disperse the focus of the message, portray it as if people have many different agendas, ‘muddy the waters’ if you will, and hope that quenches things a bit. If the movement does not die down by itself, then we inevitably hear about how violent it has become. This one is no exception.

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But are they really violent? Or are they just presented that way? Are those who oppose these gatherings encouraged to start violence? Once a movement like this becomes so popular, are there hired ‘groups’ that come in an initiate violence? Provocateurs?

If there’s one thing that’s certain, it’s that the establishment does not like peaceful demonstrations of unity and solidarity, and they will do anything to sway the perception of the masses who are watching at home.

Don’t believe it? Look at all the mainstream headlines. As usual, they are all about violence and how order will be restored (order out of chaos, ordo ab chao, the timeless strategy of the elite). Meanwhile, the actual reason that so many ordinary citizens would go to the trouble of protesting is buried somewhere in the article and given little importance. The New York Times’ ‘Macron Inspects Damage After ‘Yellow Vest’ Protests as France Weighs State of Emergency’ is a typical example.

We have to ask ourselves: would a grassroots movement of concerned law-abiding citizens (which most citizens are) motivate these ordinary citizens to set someone’s car on fire? How could destroying another citizen’s car actually help the movement? Looting and breaking store windows? Why would law-abiding citizens take their frustrations out on innocent retail vendors? Would ordinary citizens contrive to harm civilians with bombs and gas attacks? – Richard Enos

Recent Terror Attacks?

Then suddenly, in the midst of an epic event raising so much attention, we see an alleged terror attack in Strasbourg, the perfect time to not only change the news cycle but to divert attention away from the Yellow Vets and back to FEAR and the narrative of TERRORISM! These are the big and timeless tactics used to start wars and keep people divided.

Are they legitimate? False flags like so many times in the past? Or is it all a convenient coincidence for the deep state and media?

CNN & Mainstream Put Forth Narrative

Below is a video of Joe Martino, founder of CE, providing analysis on some of the latest updates regarding the Yellow Vests, including a recent CNN piece claiming the Yellow Vets are creating ‘chaos in France.’ Big things are happening in France and the way we’re hearing about it has some very specific nuances that we will fail to recognize unless we step back and look at the bigger picture.

The Takeaway

When searching for information, it’s important to seek out multiple sources other than mainstream media. This is exactly why alternative or independent media outlets become so popular, because more people are starting to see through the lies and manipulation from mainstream outlets. Alternative media has gained the attention of millions of people, as it often presents evidence that supports a more believable, common-sense narrative that is not in the Deep State’s best interest.

The global elite lost their ability to keep all eyes on their platforms, and as a result many people have ‘woken up.’ This created a massive campaign to combat “fake news,” a tag that the mainstream originally concocted for alternative views that they considered dangerous to the status quo. And so recently the government, along with organizations like Facebook, has decided to step in and act as the ‘Ministry of Truth’ (Orwell).

Fortunately, the ‘war on fake news’ only further exposed how the global elite are trying to silence ANYTHING that opposes their plans. We are truly living in some interesting times!

“The problem of fake news isn’t solved by hoping for a referee, but rather because we as citizens, we as users of these services, help each other. We talk and we share and we point out what is fake. We point out what is true. The answer to bad speech is not censorship, the answer to bad speech is more speech. We have to exercise and spread the idea that critical thinking matters, now more than ever, given the fact that lies seem to be getting more popular.” –Edward Snowden (source)

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