On The Pulse
An A+ for Teen Wolf
Date: September 18, 2015 | Posted By: CourtneyLet’s talk about MTV’s Teen Wolf. As a feminist and lover of pretty much all things pop-culture related, I feel like I can easily take in a television show or film and inadvertently “grade” it on how well it measures up in its representation of women and other minority groups. Such a habit comes from being Continue reading
I’m not pregnant: A big woman in a small world
Date: September 16, 2015 | Posted By: GabriellaThe subway is hot and crowded and I mop my forehead with a cloth. A woman in her 80s is having a friendly chat with the stranger next to her. When she sees me, standing squarely on my two feet to keep my balance and dressed in a sundress with an empire waist, she assumes Continue reading
A sorority girl’s take on the Alpha Phi recruitment video
Date: September 10, 2015 | Posted By: CaitlinIf you follow women in the media— and, honestly, even if you don’t — you’ve probably seen the recruitment video members of Alpha Phi at the University of Alabama released in August 2015. The video, which quickly went viral and was taken down due to backlash, featured dozens of Barbie-esque women gallivanting through their campus, promising the viewers they, too, Continue reading
Why are filmmakers erasing girls?
Date: September 4, 2015 | Posted By: SashaFan fiction culture is unique (and not just because it’s one of the only spaces you’ll find dramatic YouTube readings of stories starring characters like “Enoby”, “Vlodemort”, and “Dumblydore”). It is also one of the few online spaces that is primarily female. This is a realm in which girls and women can mold popular culture to their Continue reading
Embrace your grey: Society’s double-standard for aging men and women
Date: September 2, 2015 | Posted By: LizDoes anyone else feel exasperated with the whole “women must cover their grey hair” message? Daily, we are fed images of grey haired men, being told they are distinguished, successful, powerful and that they are even sexy, mature “silver foxes”, yet at the same time we women are taught to be horrified at the thought Continue reading
Adventures in feminist wedding planning
Date: August 28, 2015 | Posted By: JessicaI’m getting married, and I want to share with you just some of the ways that wedding planning has highlighted pesky gender expectations and body image pressures. We always said we’d never do it. “What would it add to our relationship?” we thought. Then one night, on a romantic whim (he was gone to Italy Continue reading
Does #ThighReading help or hurt body-positivity?
Date: August 26, 2015 | Posted By: Haley BThanks to the advent of social media, we live in a culture where it’s easier than ever to share parts of our lives with others. That’s great news for the body-positive movement, which has started using the Twitter hashtag #ThighReading as a way to celebrate realistic, unaltered depictions of women’s bodies. This trend began after a Twitter user Continue reading
Positive Exposure shines light on a different kind of supermodel
Date: August 21, 2015 | Posted By: TaraMeet Rick Guidotti. He’s a fashion photographer who takes pictures of some of the most beautiful people in the world—but they’re probably not who you’re thinking of. In fact, it’s not even who Guidotti would have thought about even a few years ago. At that time, beauty was epitomized by the supermodels he photographed every Continue reading
Fitbits and weight-loss apps: Healthy or obsessive?
Date: August 19, 2015 | Posted By: AlessandraIn my day-to-day life, I’ve noticed a peculiar bracelet cropping up (the latest in a never-ending steam of weight-loss gadgets). This bracelet has the strange effect of making the wearer walk around a room in circles for minutes on end. “What is this sorcery?” You ask? It is known as a “fitness tracker”, sold by leading Continue reading
You’re allowed to get married if you’re fat
Date: August 14, 2015 | Posted By: SashaBeing in my late 20s, I’ve spent a lot of time in the last few years going to weddings, including the weddings of a lot of my closest friends. I’ve watched as they stressed out about their extended families and worried about what music to play; I’ve talked with them as they picked dresses and Continue reading