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Just “Bad Blood,” or bad body image?

Date: June 3, 2015 | Posted By: Caitlin
Nude bodices, come-hither poses, and full body scans of a barely clothed body: Taylor Swift’s latest video, “Bad Blood,” is the culmination of her sexual evolution, which we began to see with the release of her album 1989 in 2014. Sexual, or at least sensual, lyrics trickle through the album (“his hands are in my Continue reading

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The haircut: A body image trial

Date: May 29, 2015 | Posted By: Gabriella
Having just completed an incredibly challenging year abroad, I decided I needed a change. Something radical. So why not chop off all of my hair? It would the perfect symbol of growth, accomplishment, and moving on, I thought. Which was totally valid. But I’m glad I didn’t go through with it. See, what I was Continue reading

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Why Danielle Brooks’ essay is so important to the body image conversation

Date: May 22, 2015 | Posted By: Haley B
Actress Danielle Brooks is making waves in Hollywood. Best known for her role as Tasha “Tastee” Jefferson on the Netflix series Orange is the New Black, Brooks is now enjoying a level of professional success that few actors get to experience. And she recently revealed that she’s enjoying another kind of success, one that is Continue reading

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Tina Fey and the bare truth (about shapewear)

Date: May 12, 2015 | Posted By: Audrey
The other night, actress/comedian Tina Fey stripped down to her underwear on The Late Show with David Letterman. Ostensibly, it was to “honor” the talk show host ahead of his imminent retirement. But what Fey really did was show the whole world just what it takes for some women to wear a form-fitting dress and Continue reading

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“You look too young to be a 51-year-old!”: Unhealthy beauty standards at the White House

Date: May 8, 2015 | Posted By: Caitlin
Recently, the unquestionably accomplished First Lady Michelle Obama spoke to a group of children in the East Room of the White House for Take-Our-Daughters-And-Sons-To-Work Day. Few people are better representatives of hard work than Ms. Obama, and, as one could reasonably expect, she was direct about the effort she put into achieving success. Ms. Obama Continue reading

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Why so many celebrities are “waist training”

Date: April 29, 2015 | Posted By: Audrey
So yeah, um, no to the whole “waist training” thing that every celebrity alive seems to be trying these days. In the recent past, actress Jessica Alba raved about how wearing a waist trainer day and night for three months helped her lose baby weight. And now we’ve got Scout Willis (daughter of Bruce and Continue reading

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Loving, lusting after, or running from Stacy London’s new show

Date: March 18, 2015 | Posted By: Tara
Stacy London is back, and I’m not sure what to think.  For those of you who don’t know who I’m talking about, Stacy London has made a very successful career out of telling people how to dress, first with her co-star Clinton Kelly on TLC’s What Not to Wear and now on her own show Continue reading

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The blank space Taylor Swift fills

Date: March 6, 2015 | Posted By: Krista
What do you think of when you hear the name Taylor Swift? Perhaps the girl who writes a song about every breakup she goes through — or just the overly attached girlfriend who can never maintain a relationship long enough to be satisfied. Despite Taylor’s connection with developing females for over six years, people still Continue reading

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Living in an age of celebrity feminism

Date: March 4, 2015 | Posted By: Caitlin
The Oscars are like prom for Hollywood: a time for glitz, glamour, and celebration of (debatably) the best films of the year. They’ve also steadily gained a reputation as a hub for sexism disguised as admiration, as women on the red carpet are inevitably asked, “Who are you wearing?” and consequently criticized or applauded all Continue reading

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“Era of the Big Booty”? No thanks.

Date: February 18, 2015 | Posted By: Audrey
I’m not a prude, and I don’t like to judge other women’s personal choices. But I do care an awful lot about how women are portrayed (and portray themselves!) in the media. We’re now averaging 13.6 hours of media consumption per person per day, which means the stories we see played out in the media Continue reading