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Decoding & Discussing Vintage Ads (Intermediate Feminism)
This 1-time student provides feminist students with an opportunity to analyze and recognize sexist tropes and themes in vintage print advertisements.
Liz Boltz Ranfeld
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Advertisements are everywhere, and viewing them with a critical eye is so important! Often, ads sell more than just a product or service--they also sell and promote ideas. In this 50-minute class, we look at a collection of vintage print ads from the 1940s-1980s for a variety of products, including cars, beauty items, coffee, and appliances. As intersectional feminists, our goal is to identify any sexist or otherwise problematic themes and messages that the ads were spreading. For example,...
This class is taught in English.
Students will learn to interpret vintage advertisements and spot problematic (sexist) themes and ideas. The course also includes rhetorical analysis to understand the purpose and audience of each ad.
I have been an English professor for 10+ years, which involves teaching through a feminist lens. My terminal degree, an MFA in Creative Nonfiction, focused on feminist narratives. In addition, my undergraduate degree in English with a minor in History prepared me for a career as a feminist educator. At the collegiate level, I teach education majors how to address diversity issues in their classroom in a class called Teaching Diversity Through Young Adult Literature. My essays on feminism and pop culture have been published by Jezebel, Everyday Feminism, Role Reboot, and Salon. I have also been teaching feminism courses on Outschool since early 2020.
50 minutes per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.
None of the advertisements in this course are sexually explicit or violent. However, they do utilize sexist themes, including dehumanization and objectification. Students should be mature enough to handle a discussion of how advertisers use sexuality and desirability to sell products.
Liz Boltz Ranfeld
Professional writer, independent educator, and intersectional feminist. she/her
🇺🇸Lives in the United States
193 total reviews
216 completed classes
Hi! I was an English professor for 11 years before becoming a full-time professional writer and independent educator. I started teaching on Outschool in February 2020 so that I could teach young writers and feminists in addition to my university...