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GoldieBlox Featured

Biased blox: the real heroes of the gendered toy war

Date: November 29, 2013 | Posted By: Sara O
Recently, the internet has blown up in praise of GoldieBlox — a construction toy designed to improve spatial skills and encourage a different kind of play in girls. Why is such a toy necessary? According to the Kickstarter page that made the project possible, only 11% of engineers are women and according to a study Continue reading


Victoria's Secret Featured

The ugly truth about the Victoria’s Secret fashion show

Date: November 24, 2013 | Posted By: Audrey
Every year around this time, I’m deeply troubled by the annual Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. Not because I don’t like a great-fitting and sexy bra as much as the next lady (I do! In fact, I purchase plenty of my unmentionables at VS), but because the entire event is such a blatant example of out-of-control Continue reading


Old Navy Here's the Skinny Featured

Look how sneaky Old Navy’s advertising can be

Date: October 29, 2013 | Posted By: Siri
I couldn’t believe what I saw on a bus ride the other day. From my seat, I noticed Old Navy’s storefront windows in downtown San Francisco covered with the big and screaming tagline ,“Here’s the SKINNY”, alongside a picture of a girl wearing the impossibly constricting “skinny” jeans. An online ad for the same pants looks Continue reading


Girls Will Be Featured

Pssst… your t-shirt is saying something

Date: October 24, 2013 | Posted By: Meg
Girls Will Be, a clothing brand founded and operated by Sharon Choksi from Austin, Texas, is very clear about what they are not, and that is, exclusively “girly.” Instead, the clothing line aims to let girls decide what they are: dog-lovers, bold and fearless, unafraid of bugs, and undaunted by robots. Free of the color Continue reading


Nadia Eghbal Featured

Wearing the same outfit every day for a year can be euphoric

Date: October 22, 2013 | Posted By: Tessa
Nadia Eghbal’s article, “Why I Wore The Same Outfit Every Day for a Year,” hits very close to home for me. Recently, I’ve been thinking a lot about clothes. Not in an “I-must-own-the-latest-fashions” sense, but in a “Do-my-clothes-really-embody-who-I-am?” sense. Firstly, I get frustrated with finding clothes to fit and flatter my body. On top of Continue reading


Karrie Brown Featured

Model with Down syndrome takes fashion world by storm

Date: October 17, 2013 | Posted By: Allie
Popular fashion retailer Wet Seal has a new model who is turning heads and making headlines. She describes her style as “biker chick,” prefers Justin Bieber music on the set of her photo shoots, and has gained the admiration of thousands of fans and counting. Her name is Karrie Brown, she’s a 17-year-old high school Continue reading


Angela Rockwood Featured

Plus-size models? Check. Disabled models? Check.

Date: October 15, 2013 | Posted By: Sasha
Remember earlier this year, when Abercombie & Fitch’s CEO Mike Jeffries announced that he “doesn’t want larger people shopping in his store?” (Elizabeth wrote a great post about it!) Debenhams — a department store chain in the UK, Ireland, and Denmark — aimed for the opposite in its inclusive and body-positive “High Summer Look Book” Continue reading


Retail Body Diversity Featured

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


Clothing Sizes Featured

Narcissism in numbers: what our sizes say about us

Date: August 8, 2013 | Posted By: Sara O
I’ve felt that all-too-familiar terror of walking into a store and wondering what size I’m going to be this time around, or worse, if anything will fit at all. There’s a bit of buzz right now in the media around “vanity sizing” or “size inflation.” Vanity sizing refers to the trend of clothing measurements getting Continue reading


American Apparel featured

American Apparel: v-necks and sexual exploitation

Date: July 9, 2013 | Posted By: Ann
As the media coverage dies down regarding American Apparel’s knack for remarkably misogynistic and overtly sexual advertising (check out Nancy Upton’s hilarious/courageous spoof), and CEO Dov Charney’s nefarious past, the company reports an increase in net sales for the first quarter in 2013. This is a remarkable turnaround for the company who faced potential bankruptcy Continue reading