Dr. Osire Glacier of the Departments of History, Religion, and Politics and International Studies has recently published Féminin et masculin : Photos d’affiches publicitaires (M Éditeur, 2019).
In preparation for writing this book, which is both a creative process and a further reflection on one of her areas of academic interest, that is, the representation of gender across cultures, Dr. Glacier walked through the streets of Montreal and photographed advertisements featuring male and female bodies. She then reflected on the persistent gender stereotypes that still invade the public space today. In the book, Dr. Glacier asks the following questions: can the female body be used as merchandise serving to sell other types of merchandise without threatening gender equality? Is women’s dignity at risk when the public sphere contains degrading images of women’s bodies? Why do images representing male bodies tend to represent an “ideal” form of manliness? What impact do these images have on our collective imagination?