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Sexualization

Pink Featured

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


Geena Davis Featured

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


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


French Child Beauty Pagaent FEATURED

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


NFL Commercial Featured

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


Misogynistic Memes Featured

Humorless, man-hating feminist unamused by misogynistic memes

Date: September 12, 2013 | Posted By: Ann
Misogynistic memes don’t just lurk in the terrifying depths of Reddit where Good Girl Gina and Overly Attached Girlfriend were born; they have permeated the Internet and have become an embarrassing element of contemporary pop culture. Beyond the standard “make me a sandwich” jokes, sexist memes can go as far as to derogate rape and women’s Continue reading


Cosplay Comic-Con Featured

The breast and brightest: your guide to great cosplay

Date: August 27, 2013 | Posted By: Stephanie
Once again, there was a ton of amazing cosplay at this year’s Comic-Con in San Diego. From kiddie superheroes, to frightening zombies, to favorite video game characters, to lesser known heroes and villains, to pop icons, like Princess Belle and Doctor Who, there was a lot to choose from if you wanted to get an Continue reading


Screen shot from Emily Lindin's Kickstarter video.

Fund this Kickstarter project! Slut: A Documentary Film

Date: August 5, 2013 | Posted By: Stacey
“i love u also i want u to let me squeeze ur boobs.” Another quote from Emily Lindin’s The UnSlut Project reels us in. We covered this project in early May, but just to bring you up to speed: Emily was the sixth grade “slut.” She kept a diary at that time, and decided to Continue reading


ESPN Body Issue Featured

ESPN The Magazine: Are the women playing or just posing?

Date: August 4, 2013 | Posted By: Meg
A short paragraph about the physiological wonder of the human body opens ESPN The Magazine’s 2013 body issue. In this paragraph, the magazine calls all bodies spectacular specimens, especially the athletic bodies profiled in the following 36 pages. However, the images of male (10 portrayed) and female (11 pictured) athletes tell a different story. Per 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