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Are breasts scandalous?

Date: August 8, 2014 | Posted By: Sasha
Did you know that bikinis used to be completely scandalous? When they debuted in 1946, their inventor Louis Réard couldn’t find models willing to wear them. Réard named them well — after an island atoll where the US had recently been testing atomic weapons, in the expectation that the tiny bathing suits to create a Continue reading


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Tropes vs Women in Video Games examines women as background decoration

Date: June 23, 2014 | Posted By: Blog Manager
Video games are a multibillion dollar industry and a form of media in their own right. Which is precisely why it’s so important for people like Anita Sarkeesian — a media critic and the creator of Feminist Frequency — to speak out against sexism and misogyny in games. Her web series, Tropes vs. Women in Continue reading


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A rock and a hard place

Date: June 5, 2014 | Posted By: Sasha
Let’s look at this picture for a moment, shall we? I’ve not seen a more powerful illustration of how there is no winning for girls and women – of how much both the media and other people judge a woman’s character based on what she wears. In the picture, a student has drawn 10 options Continue reading


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If Lorde is the future of girl-power pop music, I’m excited.

Date: May 20, 2014 | Posted By: Tessa
Since I first heard her now-inescapable hit song “Royals,” I have been a fan of New Zealand-born musician Lorde. And now that I’ve seen her live and followed what she has to say, I’m even more impressed by how she’s shaping up as a young feminist role model. At a mere 17 years old, Lorde Continue reading


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Pharrell vs. Beyoncé: Have feminists let men off the hook?

Date: May 16, 2014 | Posted By: Sara O
Are feminists forcing women to achieve a higher standard than men? Pharrell Williams, wearer of Arby’s-shaped hats and the artist behind one of the biggest hits of the moment, Happy, has recently declared himself a feminist and received a fairly warm welcome compared to his fellow feminist, Beyoncé Knowles. Celebrity feminists like Williams and Knowles have Continue reading


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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