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Ford Model Featured

Ford finds a way to deal with real woman “flaws”

Date: January 7, 2013 | Posted By: Larkin
Does it matter if a sexualized model being used to sell a product is actually real or not? That is, if she’s in fact a living, breathing human being? As someone who keeps an eye on how women are portrayed in advertisements, I don’t know how I missed the fact that Sports Illustrated and their Continue reading


Pink Loves Consent Featured

Feminist group pranks Victoria’s Secret, everyone likes the improvement

Date: December 20, 2012 | Posted By: Magdalena
What if Victoria’s Secret used their caché in a certain demographic to promote the importance of consent? It seemed to be reality this month with the web site Pink Loves Consent, set up by the Baltimore feminist group FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture. FORCE used the Victoria’s Secret logo and their trademark PINK line to showcase Continue reading


Plus-size Bloggers Featured

You go girls! Plus-size bloggers tackle fashion one step at a time

Date: December 3, 2012 | Posted By: About-Face Intern
What we wear as people allows us to express to the world around us who we are as individuals. This should be something so easy to do, right? WRONG! For so many curvy and plus-size girls and women, this has become a battle that leaves many wounded and feeling defeated. For this reason, the valiant Continue reading


Honda She's Featured

Pink my ride: The Honda Fit She’s

Date: | Posted By: Heather
Listen up ladies: Your feminine ride has arrived! Honda introduces the Honda Fit “She’s” — a pinkalicious car made specifically for women. Clad in a bubble-gum-colored exterior, the “She’s” boasts pink interior stitching and matching chrome dashboard covers. Designers had the descriptor “Adult cute” in mind and have fittingly changed the apostrophe in “She’s” to Continue reading


Alpha Nail Featured

Alpha Nail, for a more masculine nail polish option

Date: November 19, 2012 | Posted By: Magdalena
Alpha Nail, a cosmetics company that claims it is for “Men and Fighters,” is filling the gap in the market for a male-oriented nail polish. What, you didn’t know the market needed male-oriented nail polish? Well, clearly you were mistaken, because men apparently have very specific nail polish needs that cannot be satisfied by mere normal lady polish. Continue reading


Rent the Runway Featured

Rent the Runway: making fashion accessible without the stereotypes

Date: November 14, 2012 | Posted By: Hailey
Trying to find clothes that fit can be hard — especially when most e-commerce fashion sites use very particular body types to display their outfits. If you’re not tall and thin, browsing through page after page of garment-clad models offers you no indication of how the clothes will look on you once you buy them. Rent the Continue reading


The Riding Mower candle smells just like "freshly cut grass," otherwise known as "that smell you shower to get off you after mowing the lawn."

Candles: Now available for men

Date: June 12, 2012 | Posted By: Stacey
Are you a man? Do you love candles? Are you deeply and appropriately ashamed of your love of candles because everyone knows candles are feminine (and there is nothing worse than being feminine)? Well today is your lucky day! Yankee Candles has released a line of candles that’s masculine enough to fit any manly man’s Continue reading


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Barbie goes bald… but don’t tell the “normal” kids.

Date: April 12, 2012 | Posted By: Stacey
Oh, Barbie. Such a complicated relationship you have with women. More than any other doll, Barbie is considered the iconic American toy of girls in the U.S., and is most well known by her critics as not being able to stand up on her own two feet if she were a real woman. Now, she’s Continue reading


Are these the front or the back of her knees?

Forever 21: Let our knees be (knees)!

Date: April 5, 2012 | Posted By: Stacey
Discount fashion retailer Forever 21 is adding another item on the drop-down menu of “body parts to feel self-conscious about”: knee caps. The web site featuring their skirt-purchasing options has more than 100 items in which the models’ kneecaps are completely airbrushed out, or are cleverly obscured so only a hint of curvature is detectable. Continue reading


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Skinnygirl Cocktails: Because we all want to be a skinny girl

Date: March 15, 2012 | Posted By: Stacey
Skinnygirl cocktails sounds like a great idea at first (to some) but I’m not buying it (figuratively and literally). The existence of these low-cal beverages, always marketed toward women, contribute to the larger cultures of reinforcing gender binaries, body shaming, and the diet industry. This type of gendered marketing is frequently based on false stereotypes that Continue reading