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The revolution is now (and the warriors are naked)

Date: May 27, 2014 | Posted By: Audrey
Finally it seems like we’re at a tipping point regarding the unrelenting (and totally bogus) pressure placed upon new moms (make that all women, actually) by the incessant chronicling of just how fast celebrities manage to drop their baby weight and somehow look even better than they did before having kids. First, Ashlee Wells Jackson, Continue reading


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A Black Female Heroine Goes 3D

Date: May 23, 2014 | Posted By: Allie
Something amazing is happening, and it only took until 2014! (Is the sarcasm on that last part translating here?) In November of this year, DreamWorks Animation Studios will release Home, the first 3D animated film with a black female heroine. The only thing that makes this news even better? Pop star Rihanna is playing the Continue reading


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If Lorde is the future of girl-power pop music, I’m excited.

Date: May 20, 2014 | Posted By: Tessa
Since I first heard her now-inescapable hit song “Royals,” I have been a fan of New Zealand-born musician Lorde. And now that I’ve seen her live and followed what she has to say, I’m even more impressed by how she’s shaping up as a young feminist role model. At a mere 17 years old, Lorde Continue reading


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Pharrell vs. Beyoncé: Have feminists let men off the hook?

Date: May 16, 2014 | Posted By: Sara O
Are feminists forcing women to achieve a higher standard than men? Pharrell Williams, wearer of Arby’s-shaped hats and the artist behind one of the biggest hits of the moment, Happy, has recently declared himself a feminist and received a fairly warm welcome compared to his fellow feminist, Beyoncé Knowles. Celebrity feminists like Williams and Knowles have Continue reading


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Why humor surrounding mental illness is either the best or the worst thing in existence

Date: May 13, 2014 | Posted By: Elizabeth
“I’m really OCD about my notes being organized.” “Gosh I’m so dyslexic; I can’t believe I made that typo!” “My daughter is being really anorexic lately; she won’t eat anything.”. “Sometimes I can’t stand how bipolar that woman is.” Welcome to the modern world, where we’re exposed to messages telling us that it’s okay to Continue reading


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When thin is fat and fat is thin

Date: May 8, 2014 | Posted By: Audrey
Has anyone else noticed that when it comes to popular media, some celebrities are praised for their apparently unbelievably fantabulous bodies and amazing physiques, while others who look pretty much exactly the same in terms of size and weight are criticized for their curves?  Or how sometimes “real” – as in, real bodies – is Continue reading


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I’m not bossy. I’m the boss.

Date: April 23, 2014 | Posted By: Allie
Ban Bossy. These two words designate a campaign designed to encourage girls to lead without being labeled as bossy. (Or, more commonly, the other B word. But that’s a campaign for another time.) You’ve probably seen the Lifetime PSA by now, as part of the #BanBossy campaign spearheaded by Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg. The video Continue reading


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Weight loss fairy tales

Date: | Posted By: Sasha
Unless it’s “too much,” magazines and TV shows always portray weight loss as an inherent good. Weight loss makes you healthier, happier, and more attractive, able to do so much you couldn’t do before. We’ve all seen the beaming smiles on People Magazine’s cover, with text reading “Half Their Size!” or articles about “How I Continue reading


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Why I say I’m bossy

Date: | Posted By: Brenda Molina
I remember the first time someone told me that I was being bossy. I think I was about five or six years old and was playing with friends at a park or someplace. Anyway, I remember blinking and then shrugging my shoulders as I said, “So?” with all the sass a five — almost six Continue reading


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Packed with sexist blunders, Snickers really objectifies

Date: April 10, 2014 | Posted By: Audrey
Did you know that more than 80% of women worldwide will face gender-based street harassment at some point in their lives?  They—or rather we—will be approached or accosted on the street, subjected to unwanted whistles, cat calls, sexual comments, and lewd gestures in which men “assert the right to intrude on women’s attention, defining her Continue reading