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On The Pulse

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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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Why the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue cover brought me to tears

Date: February 11, 2015 | 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


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The feminist value of Amal Clooney’s beauty and brains

Date: | Posted By: Caitlin
“Some readers may wonder how a woman described by Elle magazine as having ‘stunning looks, flirty dresses, tailored pants, colorful heels, and gorgeous hair’ is involved in such a complex legal matter? … It may be astonishing to most people that Amal Alamuddin, now Mrs. Clooney, is much more than a pretty face! In fact, Continue reading


Agent Carter

Punching out sexism with Agent Carter

Date: February 3, 2015 | Posted By: Sasha
I think I’m in love. I’ve started watching  Agent Carter, and so far it’s amazing. Agent Carter is a short television series about Secret Agent Peggy Carter, filling in the mid-season break in Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on ABC. We first met Peggy in 2011’s Captain America: The First Avenger when she played a supporting Continue reading


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Great Super Bowl for women and girls, right? Wrong.

Date: February 2, 2015 | Posted By: Jennifer Berger
After so many years of incredibly degrading, sexist, and sexualized ads, the ways women were represented in this year’s Super Bowl commercials, overall, were much less problematic and insulting. It sure seems like advertisers have been listening to what gender equity activists have been saying for many years. So this is great. Sexism in the Super Continue reading


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Plus Size Princess blog inspires body positivity

Date: January 30, 2015 | Posted By: Krista
Although social media breeds negativity and outrageous haters, it also brings wonderful sites like Plus Size Princess to our attention. I found this website through a YouTube video about dating as a plus size female. Despite the fact that I am not plus size, I love to watch these videos to gain confidence. Reading About-Face’s Continue reading


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We’re getting Wonder Woman!

Date: January 27, 2015 | Posted By: Sasha
In my last post, I bemoaned the lack of a Wonder Woman movie – but it seems I spoke too soon. DC has announced that they will release a Wonder Woman movie in 2017. Yay! Not to be outdone, Marvel followed with an announcement of a female Captain Marvel movie for 2018. And Sony’s female Continue reading


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In defense of the “before” girl

Date: January 20, 2015 | Posted By: Sasha
In some ways, I look like the “before” girl in romantic comedies. You know, the one with the frizzy hair and the chunky glasses? If only I would straighten my hair and take off my glasses, then I, too, could be beautiful! At least, so says romantic comedy logic. As Rachel Paige at Hello Giggles Continue reading


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Lesbians are girls, too: Why no one’s immune to media

Date: January 14, 2015 | Posted By: Tara
I have a superpower. I am immune to the power of media. Yes, you heard me correctly. Bring on your Victoria’s Secret Fashion Shows and Hardee’s ads and watch their influence fall harmlessly away from me. For as a lesbian, I “do not care about the standards of beauty created for me by society.” Wait…what? Continue reading


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Bay Area: Catch ‘Alien She’ exhibit before it leaves town!

Date: January 10, 2015 | Posted By: Stacey
If you’re in the Bay Area, you won’t want to miss the Alien She exhibit at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (here until January 25, 2015). Curated by Astria Suparak and Ceci Moss, it is “the first exhibition to examine the lasting impact of Riot Grrrl on artists and cultural producers working today.” About-Facers sure Continue reading