"Cool to be real!" -- it's the chirpy slogan, and name, of a new Web site for preteen girls that's chock-full of self-esteem-boosting messages and helpful tips on leading a healthy lifestyle. What could be wrong with that?
Well, maybe the fact that the site is actually a thinly cloaked advertorial for the joys of eating beef, brought to budding carnivores everywhere by the National Cattlemen's Beef Association. This is an I-got-a-cow-to-sell-ya sales job that insults the intelligence of the average 12-year-old."
Better living through beef! You've gotta give them points for creativity, anyway. Honestly, though, I don't think its chances of making teen girls carnivorous are too high, since, at least for the age group it seems to be aimed at, cooking meat's just too much of a pain in the arse, asking mum to buy 'fully cooked ground beef crumbles' next time she's out is likely to fall on deaf ears, since it's just a convenience food, and most would rather spend their kitchen time making something sweet like cookies anyway. I also know most girls that age aren't stupid anyway, and would likely see through this right away. Honestly, all it's made me want to do is listen to Primus. I'd like to see the boy's version, though.
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while i'm carnivorous, i'm not cool with websites posing as something they're not. i heard an and on the radio for a website where teens can talk about issues in their lives and get sexual health resources.
the site turned out to be pro-life propaganda. the usual junk, too. gory (misrepresentative) pictures and claims that abortion causes suicide.
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geez. what a website, indeed. the look is that of the average teen girl website that feminine hygiene product companies put out...just for..beef. unbelievable.
regarding what gummy said: you know, what surprises me, is how well done these "hidden" pro-life websites can be, how pleasing the layout and the graphics are, and how the real agenda is hidden well behind seeming "facts", i.e. statistical data about the psychological effects of abortion or an associated breast cancer risk. in the past, you could at least spot the propaganda by the pictures of aborted fetuses. not anymore, in many cases.
Hmmm, good point Alaska, but are sites put out by fem. hygiene products really any better? Those exist purely for the purpose of selling their product, slant their information so that it can ignore important facts, and try to appeal to teenage insecurities to push their message ('buy ____!'). I guess the moral of the story is to know what purpose a website really has before you trust the information you're getting there.
quote:Originally posted by Milke: Hmmm, good point Alaska, but are sites put out by fem. hygiene products really any better?
Oh, of course not, Milke. I agree with you wholeheartedly that those sites are just as bad. Sorry for not being clear on this.
However, I can at least see some connection (however minute) between trying to educate (albeit badly) & encouraging girls about puberty/self-esteem/their bodies when trying to sell them tampons. But trying to sell beef with self esteem? Just seems way too off for me, that's all.
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