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...]

Using Correct Gender Pronouns Will Make You a Better Trans* Ally

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By Laura Kacere at Everyday Feminism Try having a conversation without using a pronoun: he, she, his, hers, they, theirs. You’ll find it’s nearly impossible. In the English language, if you’re referring to one person, you have to gender them. As such, pronouns are an important part of our language. And yet their role in … [Read more...]

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year? Violence and the Holidays

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By Ashley-Michelle Papon George Zimmerman has been described as “the most hated man in America.” In case you spent 2012 avoiding the news about murder cases in Florida due to a Casey Anthony-inspired news coverage hangover, Zimmerman was the overzealous night watchman who was acquitted in the shooting death of unarmed teenager, … [Read more...]

Girls Braced for Beauty

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By Philip N. Cohen, PhD, Contributor at Sociological Images Sociologists like to say that gender identities are socially constructed. That just means that what it is, and what it means, to be male or female is at least partly the outcome of social interaction between people – visible through the rules, attitudes, media, or … [Read more...]

Pink Profits: How Corporate Cancer Advocacy Preys on America

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By Ashley-Michelle Papon First, it was the location of your purse. Then, it was the color of your bra. Most recently, if you spent any amount of time on Facebook this past October, you probably had a few friends reminding women to go braless for breast cancer awareness. As October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, this latest … [Read more...]

Plus-Size Shopping: Making Body Love and Acceptance a Part of Your Wardrobe

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By Erin McKelle (Intern, 2013) Shopping. This experience is usually quite different for those who are thin (or what society deems as “normal”) and those who are fat (or what society deems unacceptable). The fact is, clothing is tainted with thin privilege, being designed to be worn by those of a petite stature. If your body … [Read more...]

Therese Shechter on Sexuality, Abstinence, and How to Lose your Virginity

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By Allison Epstein What is a virgin? It seems like a question with a straightforward answer – someone who’s never had sex...right? But in her new documentary How to Lose your Virginity, Therese Shechter wants us to know that the issue of virginity is not so simple. Okay, let’s say for the moment that a virgin is someone who has … [Read more...]