An Advertising Aesthetic: Real Beauty and Visual Impairment

Bolt, David (2018) An Advertising Aesthetic: Real Beauty and Visual Impairment. In: Beginning with Disability: A Primer. Routledge, New York and Abingdon, pp. 237-242. ISBN 1138211370

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This article considers critical responses to disability in 20th-century Anglo-American advertisements from which a problematic advertising aesthetic emerges. The aesthetic is used to test the progressiveness of a recent trilogy of Dove advertisements that represents visual impairment. The conclusion is that while there has been much progress, the ableist advertising aesthetic of decades ago remains an issue in the 21st century. More specifically, the Dove advertisements are found to be underpinned by ocularcentrism, despite their apparent appreciation of visual impairment.

Item Type: Book Section
Keywords: Disability, advertising, blindness, beauty, aesthetics, media,
Faculty / Department: Faculty of Education > Disability and Education
Depositing User: David Bolt
Date Deposited: 18 Jun 2018 10:17
Last Modified: 18 Jun 2018 10:17

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