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A picture worth a thousand words for trans representation

Date: July 9, 2014 | Posted By: Blog Manager
This image of Laverne Cox and Janet Mock — both trans women of color — brought a smile to my face today. Cox is an actress and transgender advocate, perhaps best known for her portrayal of Sophia on the Netflix hit series Orange is the New Black. Mock is an advocate, author and the founder Continue reading


Time’s almost up for Give Everybody a Bikini Body

Date: July 7, 2014 | Posted By: Jennifer
Hey About-Face blog readers! Did you know we have a ridiculously exciting crowdfunding campaign going on through Indiegogo? That it’s our first one ever? And that it’s ending in THREE DAYS? It’s called: As of right now, we’re at 98% of our goal, with about $150 left to raise in the next 3 days! Even Continue reading


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This summer, get YOUR perfect media literacy body in just 5 steps!

Date: July 3, 2014 | Posted By: Elizabeth
Since I occasionally get bored while waiting in line to pay for groceries, I periodically experience the utter joy of seeing a seemingly body-positive teen mag, leafing through it, and having my hopes crushed. At this point in my life, I pick up the magazines not out of legitimate hope that a Seventeen article entitled Continue reading


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Bring it on, Madam President!

Date: July 2, 2014 | Posted By: Sasha
Is the United States ready for a female president? I don’t like that we’re asking that question — I don’t like that we think we need to wonder. Because when we ask, “Are we ready?” we know that the answer might be “No.” We remind ourselves that having a female president would be anomalous, and Continue reading


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Training video shows simplicity of photoshopping bodies

Date: June 30, 2014 | Posted By: Tessa
Altering images via Photoshop has become so commonplace that the simple, all-encompassing term “Photoshopping” is now understood by just about everyone. But what exactly is Photoshopping, and how easy is it to do? This video, from the well-respected software training website lynda.com, shows exactly how to achieve a Photoshopped body in just a few clicks Continue reading


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One million other things to do this summer besides worry about your weight

Date: June 27, 2014 | Posted By: Sarah L
For some people, summer means endless days of sleeping in, binging on Netflix, working on your tan, scoping out hot lifeguards, and making memories. However, if you’re like me and you have struggled with body image issues, summer can be a difficult time. Not only will your body be on display a whole lot more, Continue reading


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Tropes vs Women in Video Games examines women as background decoration

Date: June 23, 2014 | Posted By: Blog Manager
Video games are a multibillion dollar industry and a form of media in their own right. Which is precisely why it’s so important for people like Anita Sarkeesian — a media critic and the creator of Feminist Frequency — to speak out against sexism and misogyny in games. Her web series, Tropes vs. Women in Continue reading


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The Bikini Bridge: hoax, hot new trend, or both?

Date: June 20, 2014 | Posted By: Audrey
When you lie down in your bikini at the beach, are the edges suspended between the two hip bones, causing a space between the bikini and the lower abdomen? If so, then you’ve got a bikini bridge! Which is a real thing. Sort of. See, last January, the social media site called 4Chan decided to Continue reading


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A rock and a hard place

Date: June 5, 2014 | Posted By: Sasha
Let’s look at this picture for a moment, shall we? I’ve not seen a more powerful illustration of how there is no winning for girls and women – of how much both the media and other people judge a woman’s character based on what she wears. In the picture, a student has drawn 10 options Continue reading


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Names that shame: from muffin tops to thunder thighs

Date: May 29, 2014 | Posted By: Elizabeth
Recently, I bought a pair of edgy, tight-fitting jeans. I was feeling pretty confident in them until my hand happened to brush against the fattier part of my hip on the edge of my jeans. Immediately, my media-brain set off its sirens: “Muffin top alert! Ladies and gentlemen, we have a muffin top! Please evacuate Continue reading