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Body Image


“She’s so beautiful!”: The sexist comment that nobody else noticed

Date: July 31, 2015 | Posted By: Tara
Recently, I was sitting in a room full of people, listening as recent graduates of a medical residency program were congratulated while their photos were shown on a screen in front of the room. When one woman’s photograph came up on the screen, the presenter read the following note from the woman’s family: “To our daughter, Continue reading


Anti-aging, anti-who?

Date: July 29, 2015 | Posted By: Liz
Why, in this day and age, are we bombarded on a daily basis with advertisements for anti-aging products aimed almost exclusively at women? We are constantly pressured to: Look young. “Wow! It’s great that you’re 47, but only because you look 25 and you’re a stunning, hot model.” Be obsessed with anti-aging. Oh, apparently having young-looking skin and a Continue reading

The media’s portrayal of Caitlyn as a “hero” to the transgendered community downplays the adversities trans people face daily. (Click the photo for more information).

Media proves what we’ve known all along: It’s easy to be trans!

Date: July 24, 2015 | Posted By: Alessandra
(EDITOR’S NOTE: The following article contains extreme instances of sarcasm and satire.) Trans awareness is on the rise, especially now that a member of the Kardashian clan has publicly come out to the world as transgender. This heightened exposure of transgender individuals brings attention to the trans community, and since mainstream media is known to portray topics so Continue reading

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5 ways you can take a vacation from getting “vacation-ready”

Date: July 22, 2015 | Posted By: Carina
What have you done to get ready for your summer plans? Getting excited for my recent vacation to Lake Tahoe, I was using all of my spare time on Pinterest — of course. As usual, my “quick browsing” evolved into an hourlong surf session of anything having to do with summer. What started as innocent excitement turned into Continue reading

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Steps forward: From Gilmore Girls to Orange is the New Black

Date: July 17, 2015 | Posted By: Gabriella
Advocating for more realistic portrayals of female characters in the media has been a major part of the third wave of feminism. But in all of our work and efforts, have we been making any strides? Is there anything we can point to and say, “This, my friends, is headed in the right direction”? When Gilmore Continue reading

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Spas for tweens: Fun or f*&$ed up?

Date: July 15, 2015 | Posted By: Sasha
I have mixed feelings about the “little girl dress-up” industry. I recently read a New York Times article about spas that cater to young girls, and it kind of made my head spin. As an adult, I immediately cringed. Six-year-olds getting massages? A spa for girls called “Seriously Spoiled” — as if being spoiled is a good Continue reading

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Hot Girls Wanted!

Date: July 10, 2015 | Posted By: Kinga
Imagine this: You’re scrolling through your Instagram feed, looking at pictures of nana-icecream, puppies, and Taylor Swift’s most recent cute outfit when you’re hit with a naked breast attached to a famous model in a sexy pose on a sofa. This is what our world, our society, and our culture are like today. The overly sexualized Continue reading

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The Value of WANT: Women Against Negative Talk

Date: July 8, 2015 | Posted By: Courtney
“I can’t do that.” “It’s too hard.” “I’m fat.” As women, negative self-talk is all too common. Belittling and shaming ourselves seems to be an unfortunate and common part of being a woman in our society. This negativity can influence every aspect of our lives without us really realizing it. These default negative phrases can Continue reading

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Target “loves every body” — but not really

Date: July 3, 2015 | Posted By: Haley B
Summer is here. The season conjures images of sun, sand, and relaxation. Unfortunately, it also conjures up thoughts of poor body image in girls and women. We race to the mall, trying to find the most flattering swimsuits that will make us look “smaller.” We scroll through our Facebook newsfeeds and find posts and status updates Continue reading

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The case of the working woman’s fashion crisis

Date: July 1, 2015 | Posted By: Gabriella
Last month, I started my first paid, full-time job. At the beginning, I was anxiously guessing the expectation for women’s fashion at work: what I should wear, how my hair should look, if I needed to wear makeup. I started to feel like no matter what I did to primp and prepare, I never looked as Continue reading