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Nasima, Surfer Featured

New documentary profiles the first female surfer in Bangladesh

Date: November 1, 2013 | Posted By: Tessa
Recently, I saw a work-in-progress trailer for the new documentary film, The Most Fearless. This extraordinary film tells the true story of Nasima, a sixteen-year-old Bangladeshi girl who dreams of becoming a pro surfer. Nasima has fought against all odds, including being called a “whore” by Bangladeshi men for going in the water, to pursue Continue reading


Old Navy Here's the Skinny Featured

Look how sneaky Old Navy’s advertising can be

Date: October 29, 2013 | Posted By: Siri
I couldn’t believe what I saw on a bus ride the other day. From my seat, I noticed Old Navy’s storefront windows in downtown San Francisco covered with the big and screaming tagline ,“Here’s the SKINNY”, alongside a picture of a girl wearing the impossibly constricting “skinny” jeans. An online ad for the same pants looks Continue reading


NFL Commercial Featured

Mixed signals: football and feminism

Date: October 27, 2013 | Posted By: Sarah
Many people think of football as the classic man’s sport. Certainly, the game appeals to some basic masculine desires like physical strength, competition, and bravado. But many women enjoy the sport as well; things like loyalty to a region or player, a sense of community, or even just love for the game are all reasons Continue reading


Girls Will Be Featured

Pssst… your t-shirt is saying something

Date: October 24, 2013 | Posted By: Meg
Girls Will Be, a clothing brand founded and operated by Sharon Choksi from Austin, Texas, is very clear about what they are not, and that is, exclusively “girly.” Instead, the clothing line aims to let girls decide what they are: dog-lovers, bold and fearless, unafraid of bugs, and undaunted by robots. Free of the color Continue reading


Nadia Eghbal Featured

Wearing the same outfit every day for a year can be euphoric

Date: October 22, 2013 | Posted By: Tessa
Nadia Eghbal’s article, “Why I Wore The Same Outfit Every Day for a Year,” hits very close to home for me. Recently, I’ve been thinking a lot about clothes. Not in an “I-must-own-the-latest-fashions” sense, but in a “Do-my-clothes-really-embody-who-I-am?” sense. Firstly, I get frustrated with finding clothes to fit and flatter my body. On top of Continue reading


Books for girls featured

Seven books about inspiring, real-life women

Date: October 20, 2013 | Posted By: Katie
Every girl needs heroines and role models to look up to. Despite the lack of deserved recognition and fame that pioneering women in history have received, there are still plenty of ways to learn their stories. The following books* have taken some of the most amazing stories of female power and ingenuity that are sure to Continue reading


Karrie Brown Featured

Model with Down syndrome takes fashion world by storm

Date: October 17, 2013 | Posted By: Allie
Popular fashion retailer Wet Seal has a new model who is turning heads and making headlines. She describes her style as “biker chick,” prefers Justin Bieber music on the set of her photo shoots, and has gained the admiration of thousands of fans and counting. Her name is Karrie Brown, she’s a 17-year-old high school Continue reading


Angela Rockwood Featured

Plus-size models? Check. Disabled models? Check.

Date: October 15, 2013 | Posted By: Sasha
Remember earlier this year, when Abercombie & Fitch’s CEO Mike Jeffries announced that he “doesn’t want larger people shopping in his store?” (Elizabeth wrote a great post about it!) Debenhams — a department store chain in the UK, Ireland, and Denmark — aimed for the opposite in its inclusive and body-positive “High Summer Look Book” Continue reading


Zero Calorie Ads Featured

Zero-calorie products do not equal beauty

Date: October 13, 2013 | Posted By: Katelin
The new magazine advertisement for Glacéau’s recently launched product, Fruitwater, just put me over the edge with the blunt connection that it made between beauty and its zero-calorie beverages. Zero-calorie this, zero-calorie that… I am really tired of the plethora of new “zero-calorie” products on the market. The market for them seems to be exploding Continue reading


Ghost Ghirls Featured

Break from network TV means more than gratuitous boobs

Date: October 11, 2013 | Posted By: Ann
For better or worse, the manner in which we consume media is vastly different than it was just ten years ago. The content is different, and the messages we are absorbing are undeniably different. As new media outlets are developed and become increasingly segmented into niches, there are numerous questions about whether we move towards Continue reading