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Geena Davis Featured

Why the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in the Media rules

Date: December 2, 2013 | Posted By: Allie
Academy Award-winning actress Geena Davis (of Thelma and Louise and Beetlejuice fame) founded the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in the Media to advocate for diverse portrayals and equal representation of female characters in the media. The Institute and its program, See Jane, promote gender equality in media representation through research, education, and advocacy. The Continue reading


GoldieBlox Featured

Biased blox: the real heroes of the gendered toy war

Date: November 29, 2013 | Posted By: Sara O
Recently, the internet has blown up in praise of GoldieBlox — a construction toy designed to improve spatial skills and encourage a different kind of play in girls. Why is such a toy necessary? According to the Kickstarter page that made the project possible, only 11% of engineers are women and according to a study Continue reading


Body-Shape

How the world has turned our grocery lists into our body types

Date: November 26, 2013 | Posted By: Elizabeth
Pears, apples, string beans, rulers: not just inanimate objects anymore! Put these items on your grocery list nowadays, and you’re bound to come home with a bag full of diversely-shaped women instead of food or measuring tools. But why? I recently searched “body shapes” on Google, and the results were pretty interesting. Nearly all of Continue reading


Victoria's Secret Featured

The ugly truth about the Victoria’s Secret fashion show

Date: November 24, 2013 | Posted By: Audrey
Every year around this time, I’m deeply troubled by the annual Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. Not because I don’t like a great-fitting and sexy bra as much as the next lady (I do! In fact, I purchase plenty of my unmentionables at VS), but because the entire event is such a blatant example of out-of-control Continue reading


Clair Six Feet Under Featured

How to love TV and movies with a media industry that doesn’t love you

Date: November 21, 2013 | Posted By: Siri
Watching movies and TV shows is my number-one hobby. I used to review movies for a newspaper, and even if it was in so many ways a dream job (having a movie theatre to yourself is pretty cool), I often headed back to the news desk with a racing heart and sentences pounding in my Continue reading


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An open (love) letter to Jennifer Lawrence

Date: November 19, 2013 | Posted By: Stacey
Hey, J. Law (I can call you J. Law, right?), How are you doing? You’re probably busy getting ready for your upcoming Catching Fire premieres (all of which you will probably look fabulous in), so I just wanted to take a moment and tell you how totally awesome you are. Recently, the Internet has been Continue reading


Airbrush Featured

Disclaimer for airbrushed models: an effective solution?

Date: November 13, 2013 | Posted By: Allie
Airbrushed images of women and girls are bad for our overall health: mental, emotional, and sometimes physical. We can reasonably assume that the vast majority of media images are altered, even those of famous figures who are celebrated as examples of these “attainable” beauty standards. So, why not draw attention to this issue through an Continue reading


Interrupt Mag I like my body Featured

“I like my body because it’s magic.”

Date: November 10, 2013 | Posted By: Sasha
When I was around four years old, I announced to my parents, “I like my round belly!” Probably not a sentence you’d expect to hear from a 14-year-old or 24-year-old — by then, sadly, we learn that round bellies and mainstream standards of beauty don’t mix. But I was reminded of my upbeat four-year-old announcement Continue reading


Belly Dancer Featured

Let’s see those tummies: stretch marks, scars, fat rolls, and all!

Date: November 7, 2013 | Posted By: Sara O
Google image search “belly” and you will find: 1) Perfectly flat, bikini-clad bellies and model men with six-packs. 2) People woefully grasping at or measuring their belly fat. 3) Pregnant bellies. It’s no wonder that when I found a stretch mark on my belly (after a particularly delicious summer feasting on Afghan food at family Continue reading


French Child Beauty Pagaent FEATURED

What the French ban on beauty pageants can teach us

Date: November 6, 2013 | Posted By: Audrey
Anyone else totally caught off guard by France’s impressive new legislation banning child beauty pageants? Yeah, me, too. Because as I much as I adore the country and its people (I lived there for two years in my late twenties and also worked for the French company Club Med), its contemporary pop culture has never Continue reading