Are You Addicted to Food or Addicted to Dieting?

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by Golda Poretsky Every week, I hear from people who feel like they’re addicted to food. When you feel like you’re addicted to food, you can’t stop thinking about what you’re going to eat, what you just ate, what you might eat later. You rarely crave the nutrient dense stuff, but rather find yourself thinking about desserts … [Read more...]

Childhood, Selfhood, and the American Girl

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By Allison Epstein, Intern 2013 It’s amazing how much of an impact our favorite childhood toys can have on us years and decades later. If I asked you what toy you treasured back in the day, what would you say? Maybe we have some Lego people out there, or Easy Bake Oven folks, or for children of the nineties like me, Doodle … [Read more...]

When Self Worth Becomes the Biggest Loser

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By Allison Epstein (Intern, 2013) On the inside, I’m still about 7 years old. There’s a shelf in my bedroom dedicated to Disney movies. When I’m stressed, I’ve been known to break out coloring pages. I’m still a little upset that I didn’t get my Hogwarts letter when I was 11. I look back on my childhood as a simpler time, … [Read more...]

Talking about Periods: Removing Menstrual Shame for Social Justice

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By Sayantani DasGupta In most countries, there is a culture of taboo and secrecy around menstrual health and hygiene. Just think of all those ridiculous commercials for sanitary products that allow you to engage in activities ‘without anyone knowing’ you are menstruating – even if you are wearing white spandex or leaping in the … [Read more...]

The Boston Attacks Unleash Viral Racism

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By Ashley-Michelle Papon The country is still reeling from the attacks in Boston. At present count, three people have died and over 180 have been injured from detonation of the dual bombs that shook the Cradle of Liberty just a few hours into the annual Boston Marathon. The shock hasn’t worn off, even as authorities have … [Read more...]

New Transgender Comic Character Does Not Erase Gay Censorship

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By Ashley-Michelle Papon It’s a banner year for women in comics. Just three months after comic powerhouse Marvel announced their intention to reboot the classic X-Men series with an all-female line-up starring quintessential 90’s teen Jubilee, DC Comics has upped the ante with the revamped Batgirl series. Already featuring … [Read more...]

BMI in Schools: Educating Children in Self-Loathing, Not Health

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By Sayantani DasGupta I don’t know how, as a pediatrician, mother, and body politics activist, I missed it all this time. But, I recently learned something that rocked my world in an avalanche of outrage and horror. I was preparing to give a talk at The Brooklyn Museum’s Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, on a … [Read more...]

Mama Needs a New Vag? Plastic Surgery Trend Preys on Post-Pregnancy Vulnerability

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By Ashley-Michelle Papon If you’re not familiar with Brandi Glanville, consider yourself lucky. The one-time model and current star of “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” rose to a mediocre level of celebrity as the woman scorned by established B-lister Eddie Cibrian. In 2008, Cibrian, after nine years of marriage, jilted … [Read more...]

Fantasy vs. Reality: Lesbian Sex in Pornography

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By Melissa A. Fabello I’m not here to talk about fingernails. At least, I’m not here just to talk about fingernails. Because when it comes to mainstream pornography’s depiction of lesbian sex, the least of our gripes should be about how long the actresses’ nails are. The entire performance is inaccurate at best, offensive … [Read more...]

Bridget Jones Made Me Do It! Does Chick Lit Negatively Influence Women’s Body Image?

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By Sayantani DasGupta I read a fascinating piece in The Guardian UK recently, with an even more fascinating headline: "Chick lit ‘harms body image’, study finds." At first glance, this seems highly plausible. Just the name ‘chick lit’ implies something at least intellectually (if not psychologically) unsavory. We are women, not … [Read more...]