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All-natural or all-sexist? Carl’s Jr. does it again

Date: March 20, 2015 | Posted By: Carina
Why go all-natural? Carl’s Jr.’s latest burger commercial can tell you. “I love going all natural. It just makes me feel better,” says a voluptuous blond woman wearing little more than…well…anything. This woman, who has hobbies, goals, dreams, and a personality that we know nothing about, is the spokesperson for the new All-Natural Burger at Continue reading


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Advertising and porn: Why can’t we tell the difference?

Date: February 25, 2015 | Posted By: Tara
What is porn, anyway?                        Is this porn?                                               Is this? How about this?               How do you know? It’s been said that porn is hard to define, but “you know it when you see it.” So what do we see when we see porn? Documentary filmmaker Rashida Jones Continue reading


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“Era of the Big Booty”? No thanks.

Date: February 18, 2015 | Posted By: Audrey
I’m not a prude, and I don’t like to judge other women’s personal choices. But I do care an awful lot about how women are portrayed (and portray themselves!) in the media. We’re now averaging 13.6 hours of media consumption per person per day, which means the stories we see played out in the media Continue reading


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Cause for celebration? Sports Illustrated discovers plus-size women

Date: February 11, 2015 | Posted By: Jennifer Berger
Yesterday, About-Face’s executive director, Jennifer Berger, was published in the San Francisco Chronicle with an op-ed (that is, “opinion editorial”) about the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue. In it, Jennifer praises Sports Illustrated for running the images of the larger models, but also states: On the other hand, the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue is really just Continue reading


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Why the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue cover brought me to tears

Date: | Posted By: Audrey
Why did the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue cover bring me to tears? (Hint: It had nothing to do with wanting to look like the model.) It was because I have no idea how I’m going to explain the image to my two sons (ages six and eight), who love sports and are about to be Continue reading


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“Fit is the new thin”: Is Instagram just another channel for eating disorders?

Date: February 5, 2015 | Posted By: Kinga
Instagram is one of the most popular forms of social media today, not just because of the awesome pictures, but because of the “community” — it’s sort of like YouTube, except you create your own world online in the form of pictures. Instagram gets a good rep partially because it seems like a great form Continue reading


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Great Super Bowl for women and girls, right? Wrong.

Date: February 2, 2015 | Posted By: Jennifer Berger
After so many years of incredibly degrading, sexist, and sexualized ads, the ways women were represented in this year’s Super Bowl commercials, overall, were much less problematic and insulting. It sure seems like advertisers have been listening to what gender equity activists have been saying for many years. So this is great. Sexism in the Super Continue reading


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In defense of the “before” girl

Date: January 20, 2015 | Posted By: Sasha
In some ways, I look like the “before” girl in romantic comedies. You know, the one with the frizzy hair and the chunky glasses? If only I would straighten my hair and take off my glasses, then I, too, could be beautiful! At least, so says romantic comedy logic. As Rachel Paige at Hello Giggles Continue reading


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Lesbians are girls, too: Why no one’s immune to media

Date: January 14, 2015 | Posted By: Tara
I have a superpower. I am immune to the power of media. Yes, you heard me correctly. Bring on your Victoria’s Secret Fashion Shows and Hardee’s ads and watch their influence fall harmlessly away from me. For as a lesbian, I “do not care about the standards of beauty created for me by society.” Wait…what? Continue reading


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To Rashida Jones: Here I am! One man’s perspective on the “Pornification of Everything”

Date: November 4, 2014 | Posted By: Jonathan
At the close of 2013, actress Rashida Jones wrote an article for Glamour magazine entitled “Why is Everyone Getting Naked? Rashida Jones on the Pornification of Everything”, in which she discusses pop stars and the trend of exposing as much of their bodies as possible. She talks about how, while she grew up with a healthy Continue reading