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App Camp For Girls: building confidence and iPhone apps

Date: August 15, 2013 | Posted By: Allie
App Camp for Girls is redefining the common image of a software developer. Step aside, guys. The new faces of software development are middle school girls. And the future will look a lot less typical. Summer camp here is less crafts and s’mores, more design interfaces and Xcode. Instructed and mentored by successful female designers Continue reading


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Fund this Kickstarter project! Slut: A Documentary Film

Date: August 5, 2013 | Posted By: Stacey
“i love u also i want u to let me squeeze ur boobs.” Another quote from Emily Lindin’s The UnSlut Project reels us in. We covered this project in early May, but just to bring you up to speed: Emily was the sixth grade “slut.” She kept a diary at that time, and decided to Continue reading


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The BodyCon competition encourages advertisements that subvert the “ideal” body

Date: August 3, 2013 | Posted By: Tessa
The Butterfly Foundation in Sydney, Australia, a charity that supports people with eating disorders and negative body image, has created a new video competition that aims to expose the media’s representation of beauty. “The Body Con” is a competition encouraging entrants to “create a 30 second advertisement that confronts the belief that being in control Continue reading


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Fabulously fat: The Adipositivity Project

Date: August 1, 2013 | Posted By: Katelin
Scrolling through the news on my phone the other day, a headline caught my eye, “Turning the Lens on Fat Shaming.” Given the unusual title, I was intrigued; what was this story about? The link led to a video highlighting The Adipositivity Project, a grass roots initiative started by two photographers, Substantia Jones and Haley Continue reading


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Menstruation: it’s only as big a deal as you make it

Date: July 25, 2013 | Posted By: Sasha
Have you ever wondered what sex ed might have been like for your grandparents? If you have, check out this 1946 video – made by Disney – called “The Story of Menstruation.” At first, all I could see were the ways in which it is outdated and incomplete. It debunks taboos that are completely alien Continue reading


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“Ugliness” is only skin deep

Date: July 11, 2013 | Posted By: Elizabeth
A few weeks ago, I came across a clip on YouTube that made me pause and reconsider everything I’d ever thought about “beauty.” Up until then, I found good looks quite admirable. I reveled in the relief of watching TV shows where people morphed into creatures that more closely fit society’s definition of “pretty”. I Continue reading


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Lean In and keep the conversation going

Date: July 4, 2013 | Posted By: Katie
I know I’m a little late to the Lean In conversation but luckily the conversation has not stopped since the publication of Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In in March 2013. Hitting New York Times’ bestseller list and selling more than 600,000 copies in three months is no small accomplishment. Sandberg received a lot of mixed responses Continue reading


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The “Nu” image of woman

Date: June 27, 2013 | Posted By: Stephanie
Editor’s note: Images contain nudity, potentially NSFW. The Nu Project is a series of photographs that exposes the great diversity of women’s bodies. Nude, in their homes, and happy, each woman photographed exudes an infectious sort of confidence, a silent declaration: “Here I am! This is simply how I am.” The photographer, Matt Blum, began Continue reading


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Never Did I Think I Would Be Standing on the Street Half-Naked: A recap of About-Face’s most recent and gutsiest action yet

Date: June 18, 2013 | Posted By: Jennifer
On Saturday, June 15th, 2013, I was with About-Face and supporters as we stood scantily clad in front of Victoria’s Secret on Powell in San Francisco for our latest action, called Operation Real Bodies Real Love. Wearing only our bras and underwear, we were making a statement about what real bodies look like (and how Continue reading


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Activist Eve Ensler believes women are more than a sum of their parts

Date: June 11, 2013 | Posted By: Audrey
If I say Eve Ensler, you probably think about The Vagina Monologues, the sassy play Ensler created about various women’s experiences—er, having vaginas—and all the A-list actresses that performed this brilliant work worldwide. But when I saw Ensler speak last week in support of her new book, In the Body of the World, she wasn’t talking Continue reading