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Amy Schumer in her sketch "Milk Milk Lemonade", in which she pokes fun at hip-hop music videos a la Nicki Minaj.

The day I fell in love with Amy Schumer

Date: September 30, 2015 | Posted By: Jessica
The day I fell in love with Amy Schumer, I was preparing my Intro to Psychology lecture about gender. I was searching YouTube for clever clips that I could use, when I came across a video called “Inside Amy Schumer – Last F**kable Day”. The main character, Amy Schumer, comes across her “heroes” — Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Continue reading

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Does sex really sell?

Date: September 23, 2015 | Posted By: Alessandra
Today, more than ever, sex is rampant in marketing, bolstered by the notion that “Sex Sells”, but a new study reveals that this may not in fact be the case. Since the beginning of modern advertising, sexual themes and imagery have been used to sell products. Some of the earliest sexual ads were created by tobacco companies in the late 1800s. Continue reading

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I’m not pregnant: A big woman in a small world

Date: September 16, 2015 | Posted By: Gabriella
The subway is hot and crowded and I mop my forehead with a cloth. A woman in her 80s is having a friendly chat with the stranger next to her. When she sees me, standing squarely on my two feet to keep my balance and dressed in a sundress with an empire waist, she assumes Continue reading

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Why women athletes deserve your support

Date: September 11, 2015 | Posted By: Caitlin Wire
If you’re a female athlete like me, you know the drill when it comes to wanting people to take you seriously (For everyone else: people tend to not take us seriously). That’s why, when the U.S. women’s national soccer team won the World Cup this summer, I was over the moon about the amount of Continue reading

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A sorority girl’s take on the Alpha Phi recruitment video

Date: September 10, 2015 | Posted By: Caitlin
If you follow women in the media— and, honestly, even if you don’t — you’ve probably seen the recruitment video members of Alpha Phi at the University of Alabama released in August 2015. The video, which quickly went viral and was taken down due to backlash, featured dozens of Barbie-esque women gallivanting through their campus, promising the viewers they, too, Continue reading

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Embrace your grey: Society’s double-standard for aging men and women

Date: September 2, 2015 | Posted By: Liz
Does anyone else feel exasperated with the whole “women must cover their grey hair” message? Daily, we are fed images of grey haired men, being told they are distinguished, successful, powerful and that they are even sexy, mature “silver foxes”, yet at the same time we women are taught to be horrified at the thought Continue reading

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Adventures in feminist wedding planning

Date: August 28, 2015 | Posted By: Jessica
I’m getting married, and I want to share with you just some of the ways that wedding planning has highlighted pesky gender expectations and body image pressures. We always said we’d never do it. “What would it add to our relationship?” we thought. Then one night, on a romantic whim (he was gone to Italy Continue reading

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Does #ThighReading help or hurt body-positivity?

Date: August 26, 2015 | Posted By: Haley B
Thanks to the advent of social media, we live in a culture where it’s easier than ever to share parts of our lives with others.  That’s great news for the body-positive movement, which has started using the Twitter hashtag #ThighReading as a way to celebrate realistic, unaltered depictions of women’s bodies. This trend began after a Twitter user Continue reading

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Positive Exposure shines light on a different kind of supermodel

Date: August 21, 2015 | Posted By: Tara
Meet Rick Guidotti. He’s a fashion photographer who takes pictures of some of the most beautiful people in the world—but they’re probably not who you’re thinking of. In fact, it’s not even who Guidotti would have thought about even a few years ago. At that time, beauty was epitomized by the supermodels he photographed every Continue reading

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Fitbits and weight-loss apps: Healthy or obsessive?

Date: August 19, 2015 | Posted By: Alessandra
In my day-to-day life, I’ve noticed a peculiar bracelet cropping up (the latest in a never-ending steam of weight-loss gadgets). This bracelet has the strange effect of making the wearer walk around a room in circles for minutes on end. “What is this sorcery?” You ask? It is known as a “fitness tracker”, sold by leading Continue reading