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Orange is the New Black, white, straight, gay, and everything in between

Date: September 5, 2013 | Posted By: Sarah
I’m extremely skeptical about television. I don’t have cable because, save for Breaking Bad, I’m generally not interested. So when I first saw the ads for Netflix’s Orange is the New Black, I was quick to write it off as a scripted and gimmicky tale of a white girl in prison. But after watching it, I Continue reading


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Retailers embrace body diversity like it’s NBD

Date: August 22, 2013 | Posted By: Tessa
Recently, there has been an interesting spate of retailers using a diverse range of body types to model their clothing. It’s not like we haven’t seen this in the past, but usually the advertiser or magazine editorial will make a point of it, like: “Look at us! We’re being soooo amazingly inclusive! Aren’t we cutting-edge?” Continue reading


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Hand a girl a camera and the sexist media industry can start looking for the exit

Date: August 21, 2013 | Posted By: Siri
Being critical towards media messages is vital, but at some point, we need to actually produce new material for when (not if) the sexist TV shows, movies, and commercials finally dissolve. This is the rocking attitude behind Camp Reel Stories. Camp Reel Stories is a media camp for teenage girls located in Oakland, California, where Continue reading


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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


Adipositivity Featured

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


Menstruation Featured

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


Lean In Featured

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