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Packed with sexist blunders, Snickers really objectifies

Date: April 10, 2014 | Posted By: Audrey
Did you know that more than 80% of women worldwide will face gender-based street harassment at some point in their lives?  They—or rather we—will be approached or accosted on the street, subjected to unwanted whistles, cat calls, sexual comments, and lewd gestures in which men “assert the right to intrude on women’s attention, defining her Continue reading


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Objectifying an Object: Barbie and the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue

Date: March 3, 2014 | Posted By: Sarah
The Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue is a friendly annual reminder that the media’s obsession with sexualizing and objectifying women is still very much alive. Despite the magazine’s focus on sports and athleticism, the swimsuit issue focuses on the bodies of conventionally attractive women—almost none of whom are actually athletes. This year is a bit different, Continue reading


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Just for laughs? The new meme of men and women switching roles

Date: February 16, 2014 | Posted By: Audrey
Recently, my newsfeed has been flooded with various videos all based on the idea of men and women trading places in routine situations. Most of these videos try to use humor and comedy to shed light on the reality of women’s lives and everyday sexism. And while a majority of these videos were funny and Continue reading


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Did the Media Fail Women in 2013? Ask The Representation Project

Date: January 16, 2014 | Posted By: Tessa
The newest viral video making its way around my Facebook feed is, “How the Media Failed Women in 2013,” a sobering three-and-a-half-minute compilation of media moments that drive one point home: the representation of women in the media isn’t changing fast enough. “How the Media Failed Women in 2013” recaps the highlights and lowlights of Continue reading


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Down with the Victoria’s Secret “Fashion Show”

Date: December 10, 2013 | Posted By: Jennifer
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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Pink is a refreshing antithesis to the sexualized pop star

Date: December 4, 2013 | Posted By: Tessa
Recently, I was fortunate enough to attend a concert on Pink’s “The Truth About Love” world tour. For a few years now, listening to Pink has been my “guilty pleasure.” I never really wanted to admit that I loved her, because my musical tastes are not usually so mainstream. But, I’ve come to really enjoy Continue reading


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Why the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in the Media rules

Date: December 2, 2013 | Posted By: Allie
Academy Award-winning actress Geena Davis (of Thelma and Louise and Beetlejuice fame) founded the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in the Media to advocate for diverse portrayals and equal representation of female characters in the media. The Institute and its program, See Jane, promote gender equality in media representation through research, education, and advocacy. The Continue reading


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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


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What the French ban on beauty pageants can teach us

Date: November 6, 2013 | Posted By: Audrey
Anyone else totally caught off guard by France’s impressive new legislation banning child beauty pageants? Yeah, me, too. Because as I much as I adore the country and its people (I lived there for two years in my late twenties and also worked for the French company Club Med), its contemporary pop culture has never Continue reading


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Mixed signals: football and feminism

Date: October 27, 2013 | Posted By: Sarah
Many people think of football as the classic man’s sport. Certainly, the game appeals to some basic masculine desires like physical strength, competition, and bravado. But many women enjoy the sport as well; things like loyalty to a region or player, a sense of community, or even just love for the game are all reasons Continue reading