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You Gotta Fight for Your Right to Cosplay

Date: October 31, 2014 | Posted By: Kaity Gee
There are a million ways to be cruel and ignorant in geekdom, and Halloween is a riot for the exclusive boys’ club nerd culture has built. Cosplay, shorthand for “costume play,” is defined by Wikipedia as a “performance art in which cosplayers wear costume and fashion accessories to represent a specific character or idea that Continue reading


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Free The Nipple does more for women’s bodies than any push-up ever could

Date: October 22, 2014 | Posted By: Siri
A half-moon shaped incision was made and my nipple was flipped open. Then a slice of my breast was cut out, containing a tumor. It had to happen. The tumor was uncomfortable, at times painful, and without taking the whole thing out and analyzing it, cancer couldn’t completely be ruled out. I still think it’s Continue reading


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I’m “All About That Bass” AND Treble

Date: | Posted By: Stacey
Like lots of women, I’m aching for more body positivity in pop culture. Meghan Trainor’s “All About That Bass” appears to be a great example of a body positive song with lyrics such as, “I see the magazine workin’ that Photoshop / We know that shit ain’t real” and “‘Cause every inch of you is perfect / From the Continue reading


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“Fat” is an emotion, according to Facebook

Date: October 15, 2014 | Posted By: Elizabeth
As a new member of Facebook, I frequently find myself flummoxed by its strange ways. Someone “liked” my “status”? I’ve been invited to play “Candy Crush”? Someone has “poked” me? Usually, with much grumbling and cursing in Yiddish, I find some way to adapt to the world of countable likes, crushes on inanimate objects, and Continue reading


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Old is the New Fat

Date: | Posted By: Audrey
Once upon a time (until a few minutes ago), there was no greater shame or punishment in our culture than being fat. Kids as young as three were worrying their cute little heads about it, scholars were chronicling how unjustly fat people are treated in powerful books like Fat Shame: Stigma and the Fat Body Continue reading


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Give me Wonder Woman

Date: | Posted By: Sasha
I love superhero movies. I’ve eagerly awaited every new Batman movie, I’ve been following the Avengers franchise for years – and I was very excited, a few weeks ago, to go see Guardians of the Galaxy. I enjoyed it, but in one critical respect, I came away disappointed. Not in the story, or the acting. Continue reading


Even after Hanna’s transformation into a “pretty” little liar, the show continued to use her eating as a way to shame the character.

Pretty Little Liars’ lies about “pretty”

Date: August 17, 2014 | Posted By: Caitlin Lansing
Love it or hate it, ABC Family’s Pretty Little Liars is an inescapable staple of current pop culture. The soupy and sartorial mystery/horror show debuted in 2010 and is nearing the end of its fifth season, with its success due to the the mix of guilty pleasure TV and a savvy intelligence of the culture in Continue reading


Swimsuits of all kinds - but what's on their minds?

A day in the life of a swimsuit

Date: August 13, 2014 | Posted By: Elizabeth
Call me strange, but as I was moseying around the women’s swimwear section at JCPenney the other day, I found myself feeling pretty sorry for the swimsuits. They just looked so dejected and confused, like they didn’t know what their purpose was in life. I realized two things as I found myself empathizing with the Continue reading


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Are breasts scandalous?

Date: August 8, 2014 | Posted By: Sasha
Did you know that bikinis used to be completely scandalous? When they debuted in 1946, their inventor Louis Réard couldn’t find models willing to wear them. Réard named them well — after an island atoll where the US had recently been testing atomic weapons, in the expectation that the tiny bathing suits to create a Continue reading


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Should you take it (almost) all off for a telfie?

Date: July 25, 2014 | Posted By: Audrey
Ok, so you guys. Did you know that “Telfies” are a real thing? Yeah, uh huh. Telfies, meaning a selfie where you bare your tummy. Because apparently if you have a flat stomach, you need to make sure the whole world can see it on their phones. I’m all about “Live and let live,” and Continue reading