Presidents Evaluating Women’s Attractiveness: 1973 and 2013

Crossposted at Sociological Images Earlier this year President Obama described California attorney general Kamala Harris “the best-looking attorney general in the country.” Even though the crowd reportedly laughed at the comment, Obama was criticized for making sexist remarks and quickly apologized to Harris. But some people claimed to be confused: why was Obama wrong to compliment a… Read More Presidents Evaluating Women’s Attractiveness: 1973 and 2013

(What) Are we learning from ‘linguistic landscapes’?

How do we learn from and about the visual environment that we find ourselves in? In academia the fairly recent study of ‘Linguistic landscapes’ describes how languages are used in an environment, focusing on whether and how multiple languages are present in public spaces. Printed text is just one aspect of the meaning-packed (semiotically dense)… Read More (What) Are we learning from ‘linguistic landscapes’?