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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


Old Navy Here's the Skinny Featured

Look how sneaky Old Navy’s advertising can be

Date: October 29, 2013 | Posted By: Siri
I couldn’t believe what I saw on a bus ride the other day. From my seat, I noticed Old Navy’s storefront windows in downtown San Francisco covered with the big and screaming tagline ,“Here’s the SKINNY”, alongside a picture of a girl wearing the impossibly constricting “skinny” jeans. An online ad for the same pants looks Continue reading


NFL Commercial Featured

Mixed signals: football and feminism

Date: October 27, 2013 | Posted By: Sarah
Many people think of football as the classic man’s sport. Certainly, the game appeals to some basic masculine desires like physical strength, competition, and bravado. But many women enjoy the sport as well; things like loyalty to a region or player, a sense of community, or even just love for the game are all reasons Continue reading


Karrie Brown Featured

Model with Down syndrome takes fashion world by storm

Date: October 17, 2013 | Posted By: Allie
Popular fashion retailer Wet Seal has a new model who is turning heads and making headlines. She describes her style as “biker chick,” prefers Justin Bieber music on the set of her photo shoots, and has gained the admiration of thousands of fans and counting. Her name is Karrie Brown, she’s a 17-year-old high school Continue reading


Angela Rockwood Featured

Plus-size models? Check. Disabled models? Check.

Date: October 15, 2013 | Posted By: Sasha
Remember earlier this year, when Abercombie & Fitch’s CEO Mike Jeffries announced that he “doesn’t want larger people shopping in his store?” (Elizabeth wrote a great post about it!) Debenhams — a department store chain in the UK, Ireland, and Denmark — aimed for the opposite in its inclusive and body-positive “High Summer Look Book” Continue reading


Zero Calorie Ads Featured

Zero-calorie products do not equal beauty

Date: October 13, 2013 | Posted By: Katelin
The new magazine advertisement for Glacéau’s recently launched product, Fruitwater, just put me over the edge with the blunt connection that it made between beauty and its zero-calorie beverages. Zero-calorie this, zero-calorie that… I am really tired of the plethora of new “zero-calorie” products on the market. The market for them seems to be exploding Continue reading


Body Hair Featured

Fuzzy wuzzy was a feminist?

Date: October 3, 2013 | Posted By: Sara O
Melanie Engle, an aesthetician in Philadelphia, was shocked when a mother booked a bikini wax appointment for her 8-year-old. Though statistics are hard to come by due to the client’s age, Melanie isn’t the first to experience this. Many in the beauty industry are witnessing a growing trend of pre-teens getting waxed. Modern media is Continue reading


Dr. Pepper Commercial Featured

Dr. Pepper prescribes controversial remedies

Date: October 1, 2013 | Posted By: Sarah L
Looks can be deceiving (as Reese Witherspoon proves in Legally Blonde). While Dr. Pepper’s new ad campaign seems to be sending a positive message to its viewers (featuring the tagline, “I’m One of a Kind), what message is actually being implied? In the commercials, Mikaela Mayer, who is currently ranked as the number one boxer in Continue reading


Flat stomach featured

The earth isn’t flat… and neither are stomachs

Date: September 24, 2013 | Posted By: Elizabeth
I can honestly say that almost every female stomach I have ever seen in the media has been flat. And this is a fact that makes me sick. In no way do I have anything against flat stomachs or people who have them. I accept all body types. I just wish that the media would Continue reading


Camp Gyno Featured

The Camp Gyno high-fives our periods

Date: September 19, 2013 | Posted By: Siri
Menstruation demonstration! The Camp Gyno video shows that it can be simple to make the monthly “red badge of courage” seem pretty cool and laid back – even fun!  I can’t decide what my favorite part of the video is, but it comes down to one of these two: when The Camp Gyno casually uses Continue reading