Reimagining Barbie: Villain or Victim?

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By Lisa Wade, PhD at Sociological Images Earlier this year, Barbie posed for Sports Illustrated, triggering a round of eye-rolling and exasperation among those who care about the self-esteem and overall mental health of girls and women. Barbie replied with the hashtag #unapologetic, arguing in an — I’m gonna guess, … [Read more...]

Overweight Americans Have the Lowest Risk of Premature Death

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By Lisa Wade, PhD at Sociological Images Last year the Journal of the American Medical Association released a study aiming to determine the relationship between body mass index and the risk of premature death. Body mass index, or BMI, is the ratio between your height and weight. According to the National Institutes of Health, … [Read more...]

Flying While Brown

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By Sayantani DasGupta at The Weeklings My nine-year-old daughter has developed a fear of the TSA. She doesn’t say it in so many words but I know. “I’m glad we’re going on our trip, Mama.” She pauses, chewing her lip. “But I wish… I wish we didn’t have to go through security.” “Me too,” I agree, remembering a time when she … [Read more...]

The Shame of Fat-Shaming

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By Sayantani DasGupta at The Weeklings The patient is large. Very large. At more than 600 pounds, he is a mountain of flesh.  “My stomach hurts,” he says, his voice surprisingly high and childlike. The other day, a colleague brought to my attention an essay from The Washington Post called “A morbidly obese patient tests … [Read more...]

Getting Our Hands Dirty: STEM Learning, Girls, and Gardening

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By Sayantani DasGupta I was thrilled to hear that this spring, Harvey Mudd College in California made history by granting more engineering degrees to women than men, with 56% of their graduating engineering class being female. Because the sad fact remains, there is a dearth of women (and minorities) in STEM (science, technology, … [Read more...]

Street Harassment: Is “Turning the Tables” Really the Answer?

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By Sharon Haywood, Co-Editor Friends emailed me the link, allies posted and praised it on Twitter, and my Facebook newsfeed was overtaken by it. Just before this year’s international anti-street harassment week came to a close, the Guardian online posted a video, "‘Get your arse out, mate’: we turn the tables on everyday … [Read more...]

The Student Body: One Young Filmmaker’s Activism Against ‘Fat Letters’

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By Sayantani DasGupta Across the country, children are being put on scales in school. They’re lining up in gym class to have their height and weight measured, their BMIs calculated. And if they miss certain numerical cutoffs, letters are being sent home (sometimes via the students—handed out in homeroom, or tucked into report … [Read more...]

The Story of My Man-Boobs

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by Matt Cornell at Sociological Images Of the many nicknames I’ve acquired over the years, there’s one I’m reminded of today. The name was given to me by a bully shortly after I entered the sixth grade. I had been a fat kid since elementary school, but as puberty began to kick in, parts of me started growing differently than … [Read more...]

Abortion: Choice and Trusting Women

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By Ashley-Michelle Papon TRIGGER WARNING: This content deals with accounts of rape, abuse, and abortion. This past January marked the 41st anniversary of Roe v. Wade, and Republicans celebrated by proving that the war on women is alive with their continued efforts to circumvent abortion access. The latest insult, HR-7, dubbed … [Read more...]

Dear Racist Yogini: It’s South Asia Calling and We Want Our Yoga Back

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By Sayantani DasGupta Dear Racist, Size-Shaming Yogini at XO Jane, It’s South Asia calling. And we want our yoga back. Okay, truth, I’m just one Indian American woman, not actually all of South Asia (where, n.b. we brown folks like to capitalize the ‘S,’ just sayin’), but on behalf of all my mystical, exotic peoples, I … [Read more...]