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The harm in body-shape guides

Date: March 13, 2015 | Posted By: Katie
Have you ever fallen prey to a guide that tells you what to wear based on your body shape? It probably said something like “your body is apple-shaped” or “you’re an hourglass shape!” and then proceeded to tell you to cover specific areas of your body with certain types of garments that may be more Continue reading


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Hello Flo’s “Postpartum: The Musical” has us laughing and learning

Date: March 11, 2015 | Posted By: Stacey
Hello Flo, the creative genius behind the hilarious Camp Gyno and First Moon Party videos, has a new story to tell. Introducing Postpartum: The Musical. The mockumentary uses Hello Flo’s usual hilarious wit and blunt openness about messy subjects to advertise their New Mom Kit, which includes things like pads, nipple cream, a postpartum survival guide, Continue reading


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The blank space Taylor Swift fills

Date: March 6, 2015 | Posted By: Krista
What do you think of when you hear the name Taylor Swift? Perhaps the girl who writes a song about every breakup she goes through — or just the overly attached girlfriend who can never maintain a relationship long enough to be satisfied. Despite Taylor’s connection with developing females for over six years, people still Continue reading


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Living in an age of celebrity feminism

Date: March 4, 2015 | Posted By: Caitlin
The Oscars are like prom for Hollywood: a time for glitz, glamour, and celebration of (debatably) the best films of the year. They’ve also steadily gained a reputation as a hub for sexism disguised as admiration, as women on the red carpet are inevitably asked, “Who are you wearing?” and consequently criticized or applauded all Continue reading


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Why I won’t be getting naked for the body image cause

Date: February 27, 2015 | Posted By: Gretchen
There is an amazing amount of work going on right now to promote positive body image. The Militant Baker, The Body Is Not An Apology, Beauty Redefined, and About-Face have all come up with pretty awesome campaigns inspiring women to love their bodies just the way they are. The goal is to show a variety Continue reading


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Why my potato chips are healthier than the diet mentality

Date: February 20, 2015 | Posted By: Carina
Saturday afternoon: another Netflix marathon, full relaxation mode… Until the TV screen is taken over by a pile of steaming, fluffy French toast, seductively dripping with sticky, golden maple syrup. “Yum,” I think. All of a sudden, the breakfast of dreams is destroyed as a towering box of Special K lands smack on top of Continue reading


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“Era of the Big Booty”? No thanks.

Date: February 18, 2015 | Posted By: Audrey
I’m not a prude, and I don’t like to judge other women’s personal choices. But I do care an awful lot about how women are portrayed (and portray themselves!) in the media. We’re now averaging 13.6 hours of media consumption per person per day, which means the stories we see played out in the media Continue reading


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Am I allowed to like Valentine’s Day?

Date: February 13, 2015 | Posted By: Kaity Gee
A dilemma: I’m a feminist. Am I allowed to like the “patriarchal nonsense” that is Valentine’s Day? The answer: I sure as hell am, if I want to. Valentine’s Day is one of my favorite holidays — I show loved ones that I care, and it’s not for a holiday or because society dictates that Continue reading


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Cause for celebration? Sports Illustrated discovers plus-size women

Date: February 11, 2015 | Posted By: Jennifer Berger
Yesterday, About-Face’s executive director, Jennifer Berger, was published in the San Francisco Chronicle with an op-ed (that is, “opinion editorial”) about the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue. In it, Jennifer praises Sports Illustrated for running the images of the larger models, but also states: On the other hand, the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue is really just Continue reading


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Why the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue cover brought me to tears

Date: | Posted By: Audrey
Why did the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue cover bring me to tears? (Hint: It had nothing to do with wanting to look like the model.) It was because I have no idea how I’m going to explain the image to my two sons (ages six and eight), who love sports and are about to be Continue reading