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Stop making movies about douchebags

Date: March 5, 2014 | Posted By: Siri
Let me introduce The Douche Test! It is a gender portrayal test for movies, to use alongside The Bechdel Test. The steps are simple, just ask yourself: 1) Does the male lead character not threaten, objectify, make fun of, or in any other way mistreat a woman during the movie? 2) Does the lead character Continue reading


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Objectifying an Object: Barbie and the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue

Date: March 3, 2014 | Posted By: Sarah
The Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue is a friendly annual reminder that the media’s obsession with sexualizing and objectifying women is still very much alive. Despite the magazine’s focus on sports and athleticism, the swimsuit issue focuses on the bodies of conventionally attractive women—almost none of whom are actually athletes. This year is a bit different, Continue reading


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Why there are no winners in The Biggest Loser

Date: February 23, 2014 | Posted By: Brenda Molina
It was all over the media the last few days; criticism flew all over the internet, on Twitter, Facebook, and other social media platforms. People questioned: Why and how and is there a chance help can be found for this person so many individuals were concerned about? I am referring to the controversy surrounding the Continue reading


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You are not a number: How scales can become large-scale problems

Date: | Posted By: Elizabeth
How would you react if you saw the number on your scale go up five pounds or down five pounds? It has become common for people to react to minor weight fluctuations with extreme measures (i.e. “I gain five pounds, and I go on a fast.” or “I lose five pounds, and I eat way Continue reading


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Just for laughs? The new meme of men and women switching roles

Date: February 16, 2014 | Posted By: Audrey
Recently, my newsfeed has been flooded with various videos all based on the idea of men and women trading places in routine situations. Most of these videos try to use humor and comedy to shed light on the reality of women’s lives and everyday sexism. And while a majority of these videos were funny and Continue reading


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Here’s what happens when women decide to love themselves

Date: February 12, 2014 | Posted By: Tessa
Taryn Brumfitt first made a broad impact online with her response to Maria Kang’s controversial “What’s your excuse?” image. Then she quit her day job to focus on her growing mission, the Body Image Movement. The Body Image Movement is “on a quest to redefine and rewrite the ideals of beauty.” It aims to do this Continue reading


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Mature models show the beauty of aging

Date: February 11, 2014 | Posted By: Allie
Word of the day: “Gerascophobia.” It is commonly defined as the abnormal and persistent fear of growing old or aging. Also known as modern American culture. It’s no secret that the media idolizes youth. As women age, Botox, plastic surgery, and a generous dose of Photoshop are purported as the recipe for immortality. If you’re Continue reading


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Beauty doesn’t need to be bliss

Date: February 6, 2014 | Posted By: Sara O
Let’s stop redefining beauty and start redefining what matters. Celebrating “real beauty” once or twice a year with a size 10 cover model or a star without makeup in order to sell more magazines or make noise around an ad campaign has been a growing trend. Dove kicked it into overdrive with their Real Beauty Continue reading


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I cringe every time a woman is called a “girl”

Date: February 4, 2014 | Posted By: Siri
We hear it all the time in TV and movies: Women being called “girls”. Someone saying, “Hey, you should meet this girl” while referring to someone in their 30s, or, “The girls are here” about women in their late 20s.  It’s happening so often that it’s even put in the titles of TV shows without Continue reading


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“The world’s ugliest woman” teaches us how to be beautiful

Date: January 27, 2014 | Posted By: Anika
Beautiful. Resilient. Inspirational. Lizzie Velasquez. Lizzie was born with a medical condition that only two other people in the world are known to have—she has no body fat. As a result, she has never weighed more than 64 pounds and has to consume small meals every hour. When Lizzie was in high school, someone posted Continue reading