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The “Good Old Kiwi Bloke” — do you recognize him in your country?

Date: October 23, 2015 | Posted By: Liz
Here in New Zealand we are still *sigh* perpetuating the old, irritating double standard in advertising, and it’s tiring beyond belief. We continue to have a culture where we champion the “typical Kiwi Bloke”, who is “every man” and his mates, affectionately championed for his ordinariness and always welcomed into the brotherhood. Men in NZ Continue reading

Don’t get me started with the even-more-prohibitive costs of cosmetic surgery.

The uncontrollable cost of beauty

Date: October 21, 2015 | Posted By: Gabriella
I used to peruse the makeup section every time I entered a pharmacy. The rows of products would stare at me when I walked in, glinting and sparkling, until I would give in and buy an unneeded new mascara or my bajillionth bottle of nail polish. I didn’t even wear makeup most days! But I Continue reading

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What the #ToyLikeMe campaign can teach us about the body acceptance movement

Date: October 16, 2015 | Posted By: Haley B
Toys enable kids to explore and reflect on the world around them, which is why it’s so important that they identify with their dolls and action figures, but why is that so often not the case? The #ToyLikeMe social media campaign began with Rebecca Atkinson, Karen Newell, and Melissa Mostyn, three mothers from the UK who realized how rarely toymakers Continue reading

Cosmopolitan.com beauty editor Brooke Shunatona did her best to copy Kylie Jenner for a week, deeming the experience “exhausting.”

Would you really want to keep up with Kylie Jenner?

Date: October 14, 2015 | Posted By: Caitlin
Last week on Cosmopolitan.com, assistant fashion and beauty editor Brooke Shunatona published an article  in which she chronicled living like Kylie Jenner for a week (because who else would a successful, apparently functional adult want to live like?). After a week dealing with extraordinarily long nails, walking in extraordinarily high heels, and wearing an extraordinarily painful waist trainer that resembles Continue reading

Amy Schumer in her sketch "Milk Milk Lemonade", in which she pokes fun at hip-hop music videos a la Nicki Minaj.

The day I fell in love with Amy Schumer

Date: September 30, 2015 | Posted By: Jessica
The day I fell in love with Amy Schumer, I was preparing my Intro to Psychology lecture about gender. I was searching YouTube for clever clips that I could use, when I came across a video called “Inside Amy Schumer – Last F**kable Day”. The main character, Amy Schumer, comes across her “heroes” — Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Continue reading

I'm looking for more variety in our representation.

I’m not pregnant: A big woman in a small world

Date: September 16, 2015 | Posted By: Gabriella
The subway is hot and crowded and I mop my forehead with a cloth. A woman in her 80s is having a friendly chat with the stranger next to her. When she sees me, standing squarely on my two feet to keep my balance and dressed in a sundress with an empire waist, she assumes Continue reading

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Why women athletes deserve your support

Date: September 11, 2015 | Posted By: Caitlin Wire
If you’re a female athlete like me, you know the drill when it comes to wanting people to take you seriously (For everyone else: people tend to not take us seriously). That’s why, when the U.S. women’s national soccer team won the World Cup this summer, I was over the moon about the amount of Continue reading

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Does #ThighReading help or hurt body-positivity?

Date: August 26, 2015 | Posted By: Haley B
Thanks to the advent of social media, we live in a culture where it’s easier than ever to share parts of our lives with others.  That’s great news for the body-positive movement, which has started using the Twitter hashtag #ThighReading as a way to celebrate realistic, unaltered depictions of women’s bodies. This trend began after a Twitter user Continue reading

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Positive Exposure shines light on a different kind of supermodel

Date: August 21, 2015 | Posted By: Tara
Meet Rick Guidotti. He’s a fashion photographer who takes pictures of some of the most beautiful people in the world—but they’re probably not who you’re thinking of. In fact, it’s not even who Guidotti would have thought about even a few years ago. At that time, beauty was epitomized by the supermodels he photographed every Continue reading

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Fitbits and weight-loss apps: Healthy or obsessive?

Date: August 19, 2015 | Posted By: Alessandra
In my day-to-day life, I’ve noticed a peculiar bracelet cropping up (the latest in a never-ending steam of weight-loss gadgets). This bracelet has the strange effect of making the wearer walk around a room in circles for minutes on end. “What is this sorcery?” You ask? It is known as a “fitness tracker”, sold by leading Continue reading