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On The Pulse

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Let’s release binge-eating sufferers from the Betty Crocker Clinic

Date: March 25, 2015 | Posted By: Haley B
“I know you’re probably busy having mind-blowing sex, but I feel you need to know that your good friend, Miranda Hobbes, has just taken a piece of cake out of the garbage and eaten it. You’ll probably need this information when you check me into the ‘Betty Crocker Clinic.’” My fellow millennial women will undoubtedly Continue reading


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All-natural or all-sexist? Carl’s Jr. does it again

Date: March 20, 2015 | Posted By: Carina
Why go all-natural? Carl’s Jr.’s latest burger commercial can tell you. “I love going all natural. It just makes me feel better,” says a voluptuous blond woman wearing little more than…well…anything. This woman, who has hobbies, goals, dreams, and a personality that we know nothing about, is the spokesperson for the new All-Natural Burger at Continue reading


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Loving, lusting after, or running from Stacy London’s new show

Date: March 18, 2015 | Posted By: Tara
Stacy London is back, and I’m not sure what to think.  For those of you who don’t know who I’m talking about, Stacy London has made a very successful career out of telling people how to dress, first with her co-star Clinton Kelly on TLC’s What Not to Wear and now on her own show Continue reading


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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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Advertising and porn: Why can’t we tell the difference?

Date: February 25, 2015 | Posted By: Tara
What is porn, anyway?                        Is this porn?                                               Is this? How about this?               How do you know? It’s been said that porn is hard to define, but “you know it when you see it.” So what do we see when we see porn? Documentary filmmaker Rashida Jones 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