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Body Image

Even after Hanna’s transformation into a “pretty” little liar, the show continued to use her eating as a way to shame the character.

Pretty Little Liars’ lies about “pretty”

Date: August 17, 2014 | Posted By: Caitlin Lansing
Love it or hate it, ABC Family’s Pretty Little Liars is an inescapable staple of current pop culture. The soupy and sartorial mystery/horror show debuted in 2010 and is nearing the end of its fifth season, with its success due to the the mix of guilty pleasure TV and a savvy intelligence of the culture in Continue reading


Swimsuits of all kinds - but what's on their minds?

A day in the life of a swimsuit

Date: August 13, 2014 | Posted By: Elizabeth
Call me strange, but as I was moseying around the women’s swimwear section at JCPenney the other day, I found myself feeling pretty sorry for the swimsuits. They just looked so dejected and confused, like they didn’t know what their purpose was in life. I realized two things as I found myself empathizing with the Continue reading


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Are breasts scandalous?

Date: August 8, 2014 | Posted By: Sasha
Did you know that bikinis used to be completely scandalous? When they debuted in 1946, their inventor Louis Réard couldn’t find models willing to wear them. Réard named them well — after an island atoll where the US had recently been testing atomic weapons, in the expectation that the tiny bathing suits to create a Continue reading


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Activists find novel ways to stamp out street harassment

Date: August 1, 2014 | Posted By: Tessa
It’s an unfortunate fact of our lives that women are often subjected to street harassment. Any woman can tell you that it’s hard to walk down the street without our appearance being commented on by absolute strangers. These unsolicited comments are at best annoying, and at worst, terrifying. But lately, I’ve been starting to hear Continue reading


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Should you take it (almost) all off for a telfie?

Date: July 25, 2014 | Posted By: Audrey
Ok, so you guys. Did you know that “Telfies” are a real thing? Yeah, uh huh. Telfies, meaning a selfie where you bare your tummy. Because apparently if you have a flat stomach, you need to make sure the whole world can see it on their phones. I’m all about “Live and let live,” and Continue reading


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Debunking the legend of the love interest: John Legend’s “You & I”

Date: July 17, 2014 | Posted By: Blog Manager
By Caitlin Lansing John Legend’s “You & I (Nobody in the World)” John Legend’s new music video for his song “You & I (Nobody in the World)” continues a recent trend – which will hopefully become a norm – of featuring “real” women. Coming off the heels of the aerie Real campaign and coinciding with Continue reading


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The renaissance of female empowerment comes from an unlikely source: advertisers

Date: July 11, 2014 | Posted By: Tessa
Feminine hygiene products have a history of questionable advertising. Lately, however, we’re starting to see some truly groundbreaking, entertaining, and original ads. The newest maxi pad video doing the viral rounds is this one from Always: Now, I’m not sure I would really consider this an ad for tampons or pads. In fact, they’re not Continue reading


Time’s almost up for Give Everybody a Bikini Body

Date: July 7, 2014 | Posted By: Jennifer
Hey About-Face blog readers! Did you know we have a ridiculously exciting crowdfunding campaign going on through Indiegogo? That it’s our first one ever? And that it’s ending in THREE DAYS? It’s called: As of right now, we’re at 98% of our goal, with about $150 left to raise in the next 3 days! Even Continue reading


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This summer, get YOUR perfect media literacy body in just 5 steps!

Date: July 3, 2014 | Posted By: Elizabeth
Since I occasionally get bored while waiting in line to pay for groceries, I periodically experience the utter joy of seeing a seemingly body-positive teen mag, leafing through it, and having my hopes crushed. At this point in my life, I pick up the magazines not out of legitimate hope that a Seventeen article entitled Continue reading


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Training video shows simplicity of photoshopping bodies

Date: June 30, 2014 | Posted By: Tessa
Altering images via Photoshop has become so commonplace that the simple, all-encompassing term “Photoshopping” is now understood by just about everyone. But what exactly is Photoshopping, and how easy is it to do? This video, from the well-respected software training website lynda.com, shows exactly how to achieve a Photoshopped body in just a few clicks Continue reading