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Sexualization

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


Google Girls Featured

Google, we have a problem

Date: June 17, 2013 | Posted By: Gretchen
While putting together a PowerPoint for a presentation I recently did at a Conference for Girls and Young Women, I visited Google to search for some images of girls with their friends to help illustrate my points about friendship, bullying, and body image. Imagine my surprise when doing an image search for “girls” on Google showed Continue reading


Merida Featured

Braving the princess cliché: Disney misses the mark with Merida’s makeover

Date: May 23, 2013 | Posted By: Sarah
Disney/Pixar’s 2012 animated film Brave was groundbreaking, not only for its exceptional graphics, but for its portrayal of an unconventional princess, the independent sharpshooter, Merida. Children and adults of all ages were delighted by Merida and the film has been a huge success—which is why many parents are outraged at Disney’s “makeover” of Merida for Continue reading


Kelsey Williams Featured

Women’s talents: alas, shrugged

Date: May 8, 2013 | Posted By: Stephanie
I was pleased to learn that the topic this week in my male-dominated political discussion group would be Ayn Rand. If you don’t know, Ayn Rand is a famed female philosopher and author of the novel, Atlas Shrugged. She was no feminist—some would say she was the opposite—but she was strong in her principles, a Continue reading


UnSlut Project Featured

From the diary of the 6th grade “slut” — The UnSlut Project

Date: May 7, 2013 | Posted By: Stacey
“I can’t dump him now, because then people would think I am even more of a slut than they already do. How could one mistake cause my life to crumble like this?” Would you publish your diary from when you were a pre-teen on the Internet for the entire world to read? This is exactly Continue reading


BioShock Infinite Featured

A damsel in progress: analyzing BioShock Infinite’s Elizabeth

Date: April 29, 2013 | Posted By: Sarah
From Peach to Zelda, the damsel in distress is a classic video game figure. Countless games have featured the helpless princess in need of rescuing, and despite its blatant sexism, the trope is still widely used. When Irrational Games’ BioShock: Infinite was released March 26th, female character Elizabeth seemed to be just another damsel in Continue reading


Esquire Featured

In the world of men’s magazine publishing, does honesty count?

Date: April 1, 2013 | Posted By: Tessa
Let’s face it: We live in a world where women are objectified left, right, and center. The focal point of this objectification is magazines — those made for both men and women. But that objectification usually runs under the surface, insidiously pointing out our flaws by showing women who are impossibly flawless. Until now. Speaking Continue reading


Tomb Raider Featured

The reinvention of girl power: new Lara Croft is still a bad-ass, with a new bra

Date: March 28, 2013 | Posted By: Sarah
Since Tomb Raider’s debut in 1996, the game’s hero, Lara Croft, has been most every adolescent boy’s dream and every grown woman’s nightmare. Despite her bad-ass moves, Lara’s body—most notably a pair of laughably enormous breasts—has always been overtly objectified and sexualized. But in the most recent iteration of the Tomb Raider franchise, Tomb Raider: Continue reading