Are You an Ugly or a Pretty? Technology, Nature, and Beauty in Scott Westerfeld’s “Uglies”

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By Sayantani DasGupta What if everyone was beautiful? No, I don’t mean inner beauty, prettiness that shines from the inside out. I mean, wide eyes, perfect noses, proportionate bodies, and symmetrical faces. The same approximate height, weight, skin color? Could making everyone look the same even the social and economic playing … [Read more...]

What Online Feminism Must Learn From Racial Justice

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By Pia Guerrero Twelve years ago, I was doing social justice work through a community engagement project in a 10th grade class in San Francisco. The class consisted of kids from the Mission District and Bayview Hunter’s Point. Mission District at the time was a vibrant Latino community and a hot zone for gang activity. Life … [Read more...]

No More Hunger Games: Unlearning a Lifetime of Habits and Societal Norms with Intuitive Eating

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By Valerie Martin Since I sat down 30 or 40 minutes ago to prepare for writing this post, I have been distracted not only by adorable cat pictures and Facebook, but also by my appetite. Twice, I’ve gotten up and made it as far as my bedroom door before deciding it’s not quite dinner time. (How apropos, given the topic at hand, … [Read more...]

Fat Black Women Feel Good and That’s a Problem

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By Tami Winfrey Harris Here is exhibit thirtyleventybillion of how the positive attributes of black women are twisted, folded and rejiggered to be negative through a racist and sexist lens. … [Read more...]

Regenerating Hymens and Bloody Sheets: What’s Really Going On Down There?

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By Therese Shechter A few months ago at a dinner party, the topic of hymens came up (don’t all your dinner parties go like this?) and how on rare occasions the membrane is completely sealed and has to be surgically opened. One of the men there wondered how the condition could go unnoticed, seeing as it would block the … [Read more...]

Margaret Cho on the Power of Reclaiming Beauty

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by Contributor Marianne Schnall, originally posted on Feminist.com Editor's Note: We've pulled from the vault this 2009 interview with Margaret Cho where she candidly talks about weight, beauty, body image and show business. Margaret Cho is currently starring in the new, critically acclaimed series Drop Dead Diva which … [Read more...]

What’s Up with the Super Skinny Demonic Pregnancy in “Breaking Dawn”?

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By Sayantani DasGupta If you have been, say, living in outer space, in some kind of a no-media cult, or simply in possession of particularly discriminating taste, and have not seen the Twilight films, or read Stephanie Meyer’s books, then, before you read this post, I respectfully send you to these superlative examples of feline … [Read more...]

The Choose Love Project: Inspiring Words of Wisdom to Love Ourselves

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A couple weeks ago, on a flight from San Francisco to Los Angeles I picked up Southwest Airlines' inflight magazine, Spirit, and was moved by what I found inside. Several celebrities and entertainers published letters filled with wishes, knowledge, comfort, and advice to their younger selves. Seth Green, Rita Rudner and Bill T. … [Read more...]

Obama’s Plan B Move Gets an F From Us

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By Ashley-Michelle Papon Once again, stunned women found themselves to be the sacrificial lambs to the slaughter after the shocking decision by the Obama administration to restrict the sale of the morning-after pill to minors in the U.S., overriding an earlier recommendation by the Food and Drug Administration to increase access. … [Read more...]