Steps forward: From Gilmore Girls to Orange is the New Black
Date: July 17, 2015 | Posted By: GabriellaAdvocating for more realistic portrayals of female characters in the media has been a major part of the third wave of feminism. But in all of our work and efforts, have we been making any strides? Is there anything we can point to and say, “This, my friends, is headed in the right direction”? When Gilmore Continue reading
Spas for tweens: Fun or f*&$ed up?
Date: July 15, 2015 | Posted By: SashaI have mixed feelings about the “little girl dress-up” industry. I recently read a New York Times article about spas that cater to young girls, and it kind of made my head spin. As an adult, I immediately cringed. Six-year-olds getting massages? A spa for girls called “Seriously Spoiled” — as if being spoiled is a good Continue reading
Hot Girls Wanted!
Date: July 10, 2015 | Posted By: KingaImagine this: You’re scrolling through your Instagram feed, looking at pictures of nana-icecream, puppies, and Taylor Swift’s most recent cute outfit when you’re hit with a naked breast attached to a famous model in a sexy pose on a sofa. This is what our world, our society, and our culture are like today. The overly sexualized Continue reading
The Value of WANT: Women Against Negative Talk
Date: July 8, 2015 | Posted By: Courtney“I can’t do that.” “It’s too hard.” “I’m fat.” As women, negative self-talk is all too common. Belittling and shaming ourselves seems to be an unfortunate and common part of being a woman in our society. This negativity can influence every aspect of our lives without us really realizing it. These default negative phrases can Continue reading
Target “loves every body” — but not really
Date: July 3, 2015 | Posted By: Haley BSummer is here. The season conjures images of sun, sand, and relaxation. Unfortunately, it also conjures up thoughts of poor body image in girls and women. We race to the mall, trying to find the most flattering swimsuits that will make us look “smaller.” We scroll through our Facebook newsfeeds and find posts and status updates Continue reading
The case of the working woman’s fashion crisis
Date: July 1, 2015 | Posted By: GabriellaLast month, I started my first paid, full-time job. At the beginning, I was anxiously guessing the expectation for women’s fashion at work: what I should wear, how my hair should look, if I needed to wear makeup. I started to feel like no matter what I did to primp and prepare, I never looked as Continue reading
Why I say yes to the dress
Date: June 26, 2015 | Posted By: TaraWhat do you do if you find yourself loving a TV show that promotes values you don’t support? Such is the case for me with TLC’s Say Yes to the Dress. The gist of the show is women come to Kleinfeld Bridal in New York City with a variety of friends and relatives (their “entourage”) Continue reading
How to give everybody a bikini body
Date: June 24, 2015 | Posted By: Clare SchneiderAs a kid, I loved going to the pool, the ocean, really any swimmable body of water. I was an expert swimmer and an even better mermaid. Every summer, my older sisters and I would throw seaweed over our bodies, search for the best, most shimmery mussel shells, and dive into the very cold, salty, Continue reading
Is exercise even good for you anymore?
Date: June 19, 2015 | Posted By: Carina“Sweat is fat crying,” said the back of the gym shirt of the man in front of me at the grocery store, who was red-faced and drenched in perspiration. He had succeeded, apparently, in reducing his fat to tears, during his recent workout. I admittedly, at first, found his “motivational” shirt funny. I quickly realized, Continue reading
Holland’s Next Top Model just made a huge mistake
Date: June 17, 2015 | Posted By: JessicaRecently, I was working on a part of my PhD thesis wherein I had to describe why my research about body image is important for the broader public. Piece of cake. But my supervisor wasn’t pleased with the final product: “You need to make it crystal clear that body image is a hot topic in Continue reading