I thought that the discussion about soap advertisements was very interesting this week. One of the most interesting parts of the ads and our discussion was the idea of purity. I understand the idea of whiteness in these times and being of a different race or lower class was looked at as a bad thing or unacceptable. However, I think that in our world today there still exists an obsession with cleanliness and trying to be something you're not. Obviously there are social expectations for keeping yourself clean, but I think with all the different hygiene products available in the world today and all the different body sprays and perfumes the human population is obsessed with being clean and smelling clean. It is no longer an issue with race, but people who smell nice and are deemed clean are seen as successful and of higher class. However, if someone smells bad and is dirty they are looked down upon and people assume they must be of lower class or poor. It's not the same issue as when soap advertisements first started, but I think it's interesting that a similar situation and obsession has stayed around for such a long time.