On The Pulse
The false empowerment of naked dresses
Date: August 12, 2015 | Posted By: CaitlinIn May 2015, I wrote a blog for About-Face about Taylor Swift’s recently-released video for “Bad Blood.” In the post, I argued that the scantily clad women in the video were “devalued from being strong warriors to being traditionally sexy females with bodies that exist to be objectified.” I posted it to my personal social media pages, and Continue reading
Same ol’ formula continues in movies
Date: August 7, 2015 | Posted By: LizI have basically stopped watching movies. I can’t bring myself to watch more than about two minutes of any movie before the steam inside my head has risen to the point where I need to leave the room or it will burst out, whistling like a kettle. Having observed the film industry for the best part Continue reading
The Honest Body Project honestly portrays women’s experiences
Date: August 5, 2015 | Posted By: Haley BFrom a young age, women are taught to associate important life milestones with how their bodies look. We’re told to suck in our stomachs at our first dance recitals, diet to fit into our high school prom dresses, and search our bodies for evidence of the “Freshman 15” after our first year of college. Not Continue reading
“She’s so beautiful!”: The sexist comment that nobody else noticed
Date: July 31, 2015 | Posted By: TaraRecently, I was sitting in a room full of people, listening as recent graduates of a medical residency program were congratulated while their photos were shown on a screen in front of the room. When one woman’s photograph came up on the screen, the presenter read the following note from the woman’s family: “To our daughter, Continue reading
Date: July 29, 2015 | Posted By: LizWhy, in this day and age, are we bombarded on a daily basis with advertisements for anti-aging products aimed almost exclusively at women? We are constantly pressured to: Look young. “Wow! It’s great that you’re 47, but only because you look 25 and you’re a stunning, hot model.” Be obsessed with anti-aging. Oh, apparently having young-looking skin and a Continue reading
Media proves what we’ve known all along: It’s easy to be trans!
Date: July 24, 2015 | Posted By: Alessandra(EDITOR’S NOTE: The following article contains extreme instances of sarcasm and satire.) Trans awareness is on the rise, especially now that a member of the Kardashian clan has publicly come out to the world as transgender. This heightened exposure of transgender individuals brings attention to the trans community, and since mainstream media is known to portray topics so Continue reading
5 ways you can take a vacation from getting “vacation-ready”
Date: July 22, 2015 | Posted By: CarinaWhat have you done to get ready for your summer plans? Getting excited for my recent vacation to Lake Tahoe, I was using all of my spare time on Pinterest — of course. As usual, my “quick browsing” evolved into an hourlong surf session of anything having to do with summer. What started as innocent excitement turned into Continue reading
Steps forward: From Gilmore Girls to Orange is the New Black
Date: July 17, 2015 | Posted By: GabriellaAdvocating for more realistic portrayals of female characters in the media has been a major part of the third wave of feminism. But in all of our work and efforts, have we been making any strides? Is there anything we can point to and say, “This, my friends, is headed in the right direction”? When Gilmore Continue reading
Spas for tweens: Fun or f*&$ed up?
Date: July 15, 2015 | Posted By: SashaI have mixed feelings about the “little girl dress-up” industry. I recently read a New York Times article about spas that cater to young girls, and it kind of made my head spin. As an adult, I immediately cringed. Six-year-olds getting massages? A spa for girls called “Seriously Spoiled” — as if being spoiled is a good Continue reading
Hot Girls Wanted!
Date: July 10, 2015 | Posted By: KingaImagine this: You’re scrolling through your Instagram feed, looking at pictures of nana-icecream, puppies, and Taylor Swift’s most recent cute outfit when you’re hit with a naked breast attached to a famous model in a sexy pose on a sofa. This is what our world, our society, and our culture are like today. The overly sexualized Continue reading