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The case of the working woman’s fashion crisis

Date: July 1, 2015 | Posted By: Gabriella
Last month, I started my first paid, full-time job. At the beginning, I was anxiously guessing the expectation for women’s fashion at work: what I should wear, how my hair should look, if I needed to wear makeup. I started to feel like no matter what I did to primp and prepare, I never looked as Continue reading


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Why I say yes to the dress

Date: June 26, 2015 | Posted By: Tara
What do you do if you find yourself loving a TV show that promotes values you don’t support? Such is the case for me with TLC’s Say Yes to the Dress. The gist of the show is women come to Kleinfeld Bridal in New York City with a variety of friends and relatives (their “entourage”) Continue reading


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We need to change more than clothes in the dressing room

Date: May 1, 2015 | Posted By: Haley B
Brace yourselves, everyone. I’m about to make a huge confession. I’m about to astound and confuse millions upon millions of people. I’m about to dispute the core of beliefs of department store marketers and romantic comedy writers. I’m a 22-year-old, warm-blooded American woman who does not enjoy shopping for clothes. Shocking, right? I’m a young Continue reading


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Thin is OUT — for some runways

Date: April 22, 2015 | Posted By: Carina
The protruding edges of hip bones used to be a defining feature of most fashion runways. Jutting collarbones, visible ribcages, and minimal curves have long made up the standard body type used to showcase what fashion designers have created for their next season’s clothing line. This body type, possessed naturally by a very small portion Continue reading


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Am I allowed to like Valentine’s Day?

Date: February 13, 2015 | Posted By: Kaity Gee
A dilemma: I’m a feminist. Am I allowed to like the “patriarchal nonsense” that is Valentine’s Day? The answer: I sure as hell am, if I want to. Valentine’s Day is one of my favorite holidays — I show loved ones that I care, and it’s not for a holiday or because society dictates that Continue reading


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I’d like to award The Body Shop with Most Misleading Advertisement of the Year

Date: November 7, 2014 | Posted By: Caitlin
The poster features a young woman unapologetically holding a protest sign that demands, “DON’T RETOUCH ME.” At first glance, The Body Shop appears to solely be promoting its no-retouch policy and proclaimed opposition to unrealistic standards of beauty. Upon closer investigation, The Body Shop is actually reeling its audience in with a progressive message, only Continue reading


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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Powerful Pantene commercial sheds light on sexist labels

Date: January 27, 2014 | Posted By: Allie
“Don’t let labels hold you back.” This is the slogan of a new Pantene campaign that encourages women to disregard negative sexist stereotypes and live their lives with confidence — and, if you’d prefer, awesome hair. However, “Be Strong and Shine” is no longer just an ode to Pantene hair products. The message is powerfully Continue reading


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Down with the Victoria’s Secret “Fashion Show”

Date: December 10, 2013 | Posted By: Jennifer Berger
At About-Face, we are boycotting the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, which airs tonight on CBS. We’re joining in with the awesome women at Beauty Redefined, who are starting the boycott. Here’s something I still find kind of embarrassing: Victoria’s Secret was a key ingredient in the damaging of my body image as a teenager. I Continue reading


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Smashing gender roles, one toy box at a time

Date: December 6, 2013 | Posted By: Sasha
When was the last time you were in a store that sells toys? You can always tell when you get to the “girls’ section,” because everything – everything – is pink, purple, frilly, and princessy. I don’t know about you, but I always found the narrowness of girls’ toys insulting. I’m not against playing princess Continue reading