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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

Target Everyday Collection Featured

Target’s “Everyday Collection”: sexualizing saltines and soup

Date: February 25, 2013 | Posted By: Heather
A few months ago, in my Sunday newspaper, a Target flyer arrived featuring a brunette beauty fixed with a seductive stare, cocking her head back against a box of saltines, while gripping a Campbell’s microwave soup bowl in her other hand. Unneeded sexualization anyone? I immediately removed the page from the pile of sales ads, Continue reading

Sports Illustrated Featured

Sports Illustrated’s failed attempt to be more “accessible” to women readers

Date: February 14, 2013 | Posted By: Vera
We all know that the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit edition comes out every year, and with each year, we all groan at the images, growing more and more tired of the airbrushing and scantily clad models. It looks like Sports Illustrated has caught on to our feelings, has decided to switch things up a bit, and Continue reading

Nudity in films featured

America: obsessed with nudity (but only the lady version!)

Date: January 7, 2013 | Posted By: Hailey
The end of a year always brings with it some interesting “Top Ten” lists, ranging from best dressed to most money to least likely couple. But The Huffington Post took it to a whole new level with “The Best Nude Scenes of 2012.” Drawing on movies released throughout the past year, the Post created its list Continue reading

Ford Model Featured

Ford finds a way to deal with real woman “flaws”

Date: | Posted By: Larkin
Does it matter if a sexualized model being used to sell a product is actually real or not? That is, if she’s in fact a living, breathing human being? As someone who keeps an eye on how women are portrayed in advertisements, I don’t know how I missed the fact that Sports Illustrated and their Continue reading

Melissa Nelson Featured

This just in: Women’s clothing is responsible for the sexual crimes of men

Date: | Posted By: Tessa
From the files of “yes, sexism is alive and well,” come two stories from different sides of the globe. In Iowa, an all-male state Supreme Court has upheld a decision that a dentist firing his nurse for being “irresistibly attractive” is legal. Dr. James Knight fired his dental nurse Melissa Nelson because he was worried Continue reading

Lea Michele Featured

Lea Michele and the ethics of cleavage

Date: December 31, 2012 | Posted By: Hailey
Lea Michele, famous Glee star and fashion icon due to her recent appearances in Marie Claire and Glamour, has a lot going for her. Her incredible voice and competitive acting skills have catapulted her to the forefront of the public eye. However, in the most recent issue of Marie Claire, Michele pointed to her breasts Continue reading

Pink Loves Consent Featured

Feminist group pranks Victoria’s Secret, everyone likes the improvement

Date: December 20, 2012 | Posted By: Magdalena
What if Victoria’s Secret used their caché in a certain demographic to promote the importance of consent? It seemed to be reality this month with the web site Pink Loves Consent, set up by the Baltimore feminist group FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture. FORCE used the Victoria’s Secret logo and their trademark PINK line to showcase Continue reading

Hawkeye Featured

The Hawkeye Initiative exposes sexism in comic book art

Date: December 17, 2012 | Posted By: Magdalena
  The Hawkeye Initiative is the new trendy way to fight back against comic-book sexism. It all started when Tumblr user Hoursago re-drew a Marvel comics cover with Black Widow and Hawkeye’s positions switched. In the original, Black Widow is upside-down, her body in a contorted position and her legs in a split, whereas Hawkeye Continue reading