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The haircut: A body image trial

Date: May 29, 2015 | Posted By: Gabriella
Having just completed an incredibly challenging year abroad, I decided I needed a change. Something radical. So why not chop off all of my hair? It would the perfect symbol of growth, accomplishment, and moving on, I thought. Which was totally valid. But I’m glad I didn’t go through with it. See, what I was Continue reading


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Four reasons you should be in love with Orphan Black

Date: May 27, 2015 | Posted By: Courtney
Clones. Religious cults. Corporate science. Oh, and feminism. As odd as it may sound, all of these elements can be found in the TV series Orphan Black. The show, which just began its third season in April, follows Sarah Manning (played by Tatiana Maslany) as she discovers she is one of many clones. The series Continue reading


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Everything that’s wrong with the Dad Bod trend

Date: May 26, 2015 | Posted By: Audrey
You have got to be kidding me with this Dad Bod business. As I’m sure you’ve heard by now, a recent piece by Mackenzie Pearson (who’s a student at Clemson University in South Carolina) outlines how and why women now prefer a slight paunch over a six pack when it comes to men’s appearance. Her Continue reading


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Why Danielle Brooks’ essay is so important to the body image conversation

Date: May 22, 2015 | Posted By: Haley B
Actress Danielle Brooks is making waves in Hollywood. Best known for her role as Tasha “Tastee” Jefferson on the Netflix series Orange is the New Black, Brooks is now enjoying a level of professional success that few actors get to experience. And she recently revealed that she’s enjoying another kind of success, one that is Continue reading


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Harriet Tubman on the new $20 bill?

Date: May 19, 2015 | Posted By: Katie
What would the United States be like if we had Harriet Tubman on our $20 bills? Depicted on current and former US dollar banknotes are George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, Alexander Hamilton, Andrew Jackson, Ulysses S. Grant, Benjamin Franklin, William McKinley, and Grover Cleveland. Yes, they are all men. And yes, all white men. Continue reading


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Living in a manic pixie dream world

Date: May 15, 2015 | Posted By: Kaity Gee
She wears floral skater dresses. She rocks oxfords and grandad socks. She’s unbelievably quirky, ebullient, and has a tendency towards petty theft. She is a manic pixie dream girl. First coined by Nathan Rabin in his review of Elizabethtown to describe the bubbly flight attendant portrayed by Kirsten Dunst, the manic pixie dream girl (MPDG) Continue reading


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Tina Fey and the bare truth (about shapewear)

Date: May 12, 2015 | Posted By: Audrey
The other night, actress/comedian Tina Fey stripped down to her underwear on The Late Show with David Letterman. Ostensibly, it was to “honor” the talk show host ahead of his imminent retirement. But what Fey really did was show the whole world just what it takes for some women to wear a form-fitting dress and Continue reading


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My wish for Mother’s Day: A break from the sexism aimed at my kids

Date: May 10, 2015 | Posted By: Gretchen
I’m raising two boys, and it is exhausting — but not for the reasons you might expect. It’s not because they’re “gross” or “loud” or “stinky” or “roughhousing” all the time. All kids can be those things at any given moment. What is truly exhausting is always running into sexism and violence in toys, TV Continue reading


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“You look too young to be a 51-year-old!”: Unhealthy beauty standards at the White House

Date: May 8, 2015 | Posted By: Caitlin
Recently, the unquestionably accomplished First Lady Michelle Obama spoke to a group of children in the East Room of the White House for Take-Our-Daughters-And-Sons-To-Work Day. Few people are better representatives of hard work than Ms. Obama, and, as one could reasonably expect, she was direct about the effort she put into achieving success. Ms. Obama Continue reading


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Why I love Amy Schumer’s new music video, “Girl, You Don’t Need Makeup”

Date: May 6, 2015 | Posted By: Kinga
The other morning, while eating my breakfast, I found this: comedienne Amy Schumer’s new music video, “Girl, You Don’t Need Makeup.” I watched it thinking it would be a silly remake of some song. I was wrong. It is so much more. I have since sent this to all of my best girl friends. I Continue reading