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When thin is fat and fat is thin

Date: May 8, 2014 | Posted By: Audrey
Has anyone else noticed that when it comes to popular media, some celebrities are praised for their apparently unbelievably fantabulous bodies and amazing physiques, while others who look pretty much exactly the same in terms of size and weight are criticized for their curves?  Or how sometimes “real” – as in, real bodies – is Continue reading


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Weight loss fairy tales

Date: April 23, 2014 | Posted By: Sasha
Unless it’s “too much,” magazines and TV shows always portray weight loss as an inherent good. Weight loss makes you healthier, happier, and more attractive, able to do so much you couldn’t do before. We’ve all seen the beaming smiles on People Magazine’s cover, with text reading “Half Their Size!” or articles about “How I Continue reading


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Packed with sexist blunders, Snickers really objectifies

Date: April 10, 2014 | Posted By: Audrey
Did you know that more than 80% of women worldwide will face gender-based street harassment at some point in their lives?  They—or rather we—will be approached or accosted on the street, subjected to unwanted whistles, cat calls, sexual comments, and lewd gestures in which men “assert the right to intrude on women’s attention, defining her Continue reading


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Fit Mom’s publicity undermines her message

Date: April 7, 2014 | Posted By: Tessa
If you haven’t heard about the body-shaming sensation that is “Fit Mom,” here’s a primer: Maria Kang, from Sacramento, California, is a self-employed mother of three boys. She owns two residential care homes for the elderly, and she founded a nonprofit called Fitness Without Borders. In September 2013, Kang posted a photo on her Facebook Continue reading


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Fictional food is more real than you think

Date: April 1, 2014 | Posted By: Elizabeth
What does Winnie the Pooh have in common with Lorelai and Rory Gilmore? They all love food. In fact, they don’t just love food—food is their ticket to winning the hearts of their audiences. From Popeye, to Garfield, to Kevin Malone from The Office, food is a means for fictional characters to express themselves and Continue reading


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Think only white women get eating disorders? Think again.

Date: March 28, 2014 | Posted By: Tessa
In popular culture, stories of eating disorders are dominated by white women. But what about the other sufferers? Women of color have been sidelined in eating disorder funding and research, and have therefore been underestimated in our perception of the affected demographic. In the new Slate article “Eating disorders do not discriminate“, Michelle Konstantinovsky explores Continue reading


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Stop and smell the roses, don’t instagram them

Date: March 21, 2014 | Posted By: Vera
It’s been made pretty clear that social media can have a negative impact on the self-esteem of its users; yet we continue to use it. We’re all guilty of it. How many times a day do you find yourself aimlessly scrolling through your Facebook/Twitter/Instagram feed? Probably more than you would like to admit. Kesha (yes, Continue reading


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Stereotypes in three dimensions

Date: March 13, 2014 | Posted By: Sasha
You may have already read about my outrage at “the pink aisle” – otherwise known as the preponderance of stereotype-based toys for girls – and I was recently disappointed to learn that LEGO has sunk to new lows in the ranks of the pink. In 2012, LEGO met with SPARK, an organization that works with girls and women Continue reading


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Dresses for power

Date: March 10, 2014 | Posted By: Sasha
I am angry that women are not taken seriously – all too often, based on how they look. If women were taken seriously, state senator Wendy Davis wouldn’t face ridicule from her own colleagues for daring to both be a mother and have a career in politics. Star tennis player Eugenie Bouchard wouldn’t be interviewed, Continue reading


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Why there are no winners in The Biggest Loser

Date: February 23, 2014 | Posted By: Brenda Molina
It was all over the media the last few days; criticism flew all over the internet, on Twitter, Facebook, and other social media platforms. People questioned: Why and how and is there a chance help can be found for this person so many individuals were concerned about? I am referring to the controversy surrounding the Continue reading