About-Face activists raise awareness in San Francisco around Calvin Klein ad
Date: December 9, 2016 | Posted By: Colleen SparksOn Wednesday, November 30, About-Face interns Kianna and Colleen took to Market St. in downtown San Francisco to protest a disturbing and sexually predatory Calvin Klein ad. At the center of the action was a blown-up poster of the ad which shows an up-skirt shot of a young-looking model with text that reads, “I Continue reading
Vote now for the gallery’s biggest offender and winner!
Date: October 11, 2016 | Posted By: Colleen SparksNow in our Gallery of Offenders and Gallery of Winners, the best and worst of media from the last year are on display, and it’s time to vote for your favorite and most-hated media! While our Gallery of Winners takes a big step forward for female representation and expanding what “sexy” looks like, our Gallery Continue reading
Powered by Girl brings the serious talk about girls’ activism
Date: September 19, 2016 | Posted By: Colleen Sparks“Leadership skills” are great, says Lyn Mikel Brown, but intergenerational activist work is better for girls’ development and health. This is the animating philosophy behind Brown’s new book, Powered by Girl: A Field Guide for Supporting Youth Activists (Beacon Press, 2016). In it, Brown gives an in-depth view of the potential benefits of progressive Continue reading
“How the hell would that fit me?” and other body thoughts from a retail stylist
Date: October 28, 2015 | Posted By: Ali WireContrary to the belief of the fashion industry, the average American woman is not 5’11” with measurements that befit starving children. However, the mannequins used to display the clothes they are attempting to sell still have those proportions. I look up at them every day, styled so carefully and tastefully, extra-small shorts trying to grasp Continue reading
The “Good Old Kiwi Bloke” — do you recognize him in your country?
Date: October 23, 2015 | Posted By: LizHere in New Zealand we are still *sigh* perpetuating the old, irritating double standard in advertising, and it’s tiring beyond belief. We continue to have a culture where we champion the “typical Kiwi Bloke”, who is “every man” and his mates, affectionately championed for his ordinariness and always welcomed into the brotherhood. Men in NZ Continue reading
The uncontrollable cost of beauty
Date: October 21, 2015 | Posted By: GabriellaI used to peruse the makeup section every time I entered a pharmacy. The rows of products would stare at me when I walked in, glinting and sparkling, until I would give in and buy an unneeded new mascara or my bajillionth bottle of nail polish. I didn’t even wear makeup most days! But I Continue reading
What the #ToyLikeMe campaign can teach us about the body acceptance movement
Date: October 16, 2015 | Posted By: Haley BToys enable kids to explore and reflect on the world around them, which is why it’s so important that they identify with their dolls and action figures, but why is that so often not the case? The #ToyLikeMe social media campaign began with Rebecca Atkinson, Karen Newell, and Melissa Mostyn, three mothers from the UK who realized how rarely toymakers Continue reading
Would you really want to keep up with Kylie Jenner?
Date: October 14, 2015 | Posted By: CaitlinLast week on Cosmopolitan.com, assistant fashion and beauty editor Brooke Shunatona published an article in which she chronicled living like Kylie Jenner for a week (because who else would a successful, apparently functional adult want to live like?). After a week dealing with extraordinarily long nails, walking in extraordinarily high heels, and wearing an extraordinarily painful waist trainer that resembles Continue reading
Gender neutrality needs some skirts
Date: October 9, 2015 | Posted By: SashaEllen Degeneres has a new line of girls’ clothes at Gap Kids, and it looks pretty great, but “gender neutral” it’s not. The Gap Kids website says that they are “dedicated to supporting girls just as they are, whether they skateboard or dance, wear dresses or jeans.” The clothes feature slogans like “Be your own Continue reading
Nicki Minaj: so much more than her body
Date: October 7, 2015 | Posted By: Kaity GeeNicki Minaj’s body is (regrettably) the media’s sole focus whenever she’s in the spotlight, but an ABC family sitcom based on her family’s immigration from Trinidad in the early 1990s is about to change all of that. Young Nicki, written by Kate Angelo and produced by Minaj herself, will focus on Minaj’s life growing up in Queens, New York, Continue reading