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“How the hell would that fit me?” and other body thoughts from a retail stylist

Date: October 28, 2015 | Posted By: Ali Wire
Contrary to the belief of the fashion industry, the average American woman is not 5’11” with measurements that befit starving children. However, the mannequins used to display the clothes they are attempting to sell still have those proportions. I look up at them every day, styled so carefully and tastefully, extra-small shorts trying to grasp Continue reading

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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

Ellen promoting her new Gap Kids line.

Gender neutrality needs some skirts

Date: October 9, 2015 | Posted By: Sasha
Ellen Degeneres has a new line of girls’ clothes at Gap Kids, and it looks pretty great, but “gender neutral” it’s not. The Gap Kids website says that they are “dedicated to supporting girls just as they are, whether they skateboard or dance, wear dresses or jeans.” The clothes feature slogans like “Be your own Continue reading

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Adventures in feminist wedding planning

Date: August 28, 2015 | Posted By: Jessica
I’m getting married, and I want to share with you just some of the ways that wedding planning has highlighted pesky gender expectations and body image pressures. We always said we’d never do it. “What would it add to our relationship?” we thought. Then one night, on a romantic whim (he was gone to Italy 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

women in the workplace

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

bride-to-be choosing dress

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