‘Prostitution Chic’ is a Thing Now

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By Meghan Murphy, Feminist Current   Cool. At the end of March, The Gloss featured old photos of prostituted women in order to highlight the fact that being poor and having to service nasty-ass dudes in the early 1900s also involved wearing cool tights. A comment left on the post reads: “Well, I’m obviously going to … [Read more...]

Lyrical Lacerations, from NWA to Rick Ross

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By Anne Desrosiers Rappers make songs under the creative licenses of their whims, songs are released, and sometimes these songs top the charts. Other times they become catch phrases that become part of urban lexicon, and other times they create a firestorm of criticism and backlash. Certainly ever since music has been made … [Read more...]

Big Enough to Absorb the Pain

by Lori Blough, Writing/Publishing Intern (2013) I’m fat. I’m actually more than fat.  I’m morbidly obese.  And I have an eating disorder. I’m not anorexic or even bulimic, though the heavens know I certainly prayed for that in my early teens, as awful as that sounds. I would have rather had some disease, some cancer, … [Read more...]

Aging Gracefully in a World of Anti-Aging

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by Sally McGraw My girl Audi made this request: I’d love to see you do a piece about embracing our bodies and faces as we age. It bums me out to see so many attractive women succumbing to the pressure to look “younger” through cosmetic surgery and Botox and all that. You’ve written a lot about loving your body the way it is … [Read more...]

The Body Image Survival Guide for Parents: A Must Read!

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By Crystal Smith; cross-posted with permission When author Marci Warhaft-Nadler approached me about reviewing The Body Image Survival Guide for Parents, she told me that she had aimed to write a book that was easy for parents to read and relate to; a kind of quick reference guide for parents about the body image issues their … [Read more...]

Cindy Cooper on her Play, “Words of Choice”, Reproductive Justice and Body Image

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"Cindy Cooper and Words of Choice are presenting their acclaimed 1-hour performance program on reproductive justice and women's rights this Fri. March 1 at 7 pm (Eastern) and Sat. March 2  at 3 pm (Eastern) in NY. Can't make it?  The play will be  live streamed using an online broadcast with high production values and social media … [Read more...]

The Sound of Silence: Giving a Voice to Anorexia

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By Allison Epstein, Intern (2013) Writing doesn’t scare me. Bats circling over the roof of my house scare me. When the spider crawling across my desk suddenly disappears and I have no idea where it went, that scares me. Writing? I’ve got this. But looking at my blank screen while trying to write this post, I was terrified. I’ve … [Read more...]

The American Dream? Eight Ways the 2013 Miss America Pageant Failed at Equality

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  By Chelsey Anderson Last month, the Miss America Pageant crowned Mallory Hagan, 23, as its newest winner, who will have the ability to support a cause of her choosing, travel and speak all over the United States, and put $50K towards furthering her education. While the Miss America competition is often touted as being … [Read more...]

Skinny, Curvy, and Still Not Fitting the Mold

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By Chelsey Anderson Whether you're a seasoned body image activist or an average consumer of Western media, no doubt you've noticed the battle between the “curvy” and skinny body ideal. After decades of being bombarded with images of extremely thin models and starving ourselves to fit the waif-mold many women and … [Read more...]

Boobs are for Sex: The Sexualization of Pregnancy & Breastfeeding in Advertising Part II

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By Elizabeth Ganley-Roper and Julia Fuller-Kling  In our first article, we explored how breastfeeding mothers feel about their bodies, the portrayal of breastfeeding celebrities in the media, and how these representations can have negative and positive effects on mothers. In this second article, we’ve chosen to focus on specific … [Read more...]