Carrying My Weight With Emma Sulkowicz

By Maria Hanophy, Intern 2015 Trigger warning: This piece discusses issues around sexual assault. Last September, Emma Sulkowicz, a student at Columbia University in New York, began her senior thesis, Mattress Performance: Carry That Weight. As a victim of campus sexual assault, Emma decided that she would carry her mattress, … [Read more...]

What Does Capitalism Have to Do With Body Image Anyway?

By Grace Manger Recently, a visiting psychotherapist who specializes in eating disorder recovery gave a lecture on my college campus. As the facilitator of my school's Women, Food, and Bodies group and as someone who wrote her thesis on pro–disordered eating websites, I was expected by campus faculty and staff to attend. … [Read more...]

Stop Asking Already: 6 Reasons Why Intimate Partner Violence Survivors Stay in Their Relationships

By Carmen Rios Originally published on Everyday Feminism and re-published here with their permission Trigger Warning: This article contains detailed descriptions of intimate violence, including physical assault, sexual assault, and victim-blaming. It's not uncommon for an intimate partner violence (IPV) survivor to be … [Read more...]

Popular Publishers Tell Women to Be a Man or Write Like One

By Caryn Rubanovich I'm sitting in my writing seminar. Over this past semester, I've gotten to know my fellow classmates and their writing intimately. I've read their poems, fictional stories, non-fictional accounts. I've befriended, fallen in love with, and despised their intricately constructed characters. I've familiarized … [Read more...]

Hey Facebook: Ditch the Body-Shaming Emoticons

By Allison Epstein Love it or hate it, when Facebook rolled out its new "Feelings" feature mid-2013, the nature of the status update shifted. If you were like me, you gave it some serious side-eye at first. Do we really need our social networks to express our emotions for us? Have we lost the ability to type "Feeling good … [Read more...]

The Reasoning Behind My Public Battle with L’Oreal

By Jessica Assaf at Beauty Lies Truth, cross-posted with permission I have been trying to educate the public about the unregulated beauty industry for almost ten years. Whenever I tell someone about the potentially harmful ingredients in our cosmetics and skincare, these are two typical responses:     There … [Read more...]

Is Your Halloween Costume Racist?

By Kat Lazo for Everyday Feminism, cross-posted with permission Halloween is a holiday about glorifying all things spooky and scary, a day to dress up in a costume for the sake of having fun. Unfortunately, sometimes the "fun" comes at the expense of others, and the scariest thing is how rampant racism is on Halloween. Before … [Read more...]

Taking Matters Into Our Own Hands with Sexual Assault Prevention Apps

By Caryn Rubanovich, Intern 2014 By now, many schools have kicked into full gear. For freshmen it's a daunting time. Being in college is exciting. It's a place we've all heard about: a place to meet best friends, commit to our studies, and explore passions, old and new. Without a doubt, the beginning of the fall semester can … [Read more...]

Woman Harassed with “Rape Room” Joke, Then Fired for Complaint—No Joke

By Rebecca Hains, PhD; cross-posted with permission Rape is not a joke. It’s an act of violence. Therefore, if a male employee makes unwanted “jokes” about rape to a female co-worker, it’s logical to conclude that his actions are creating a hostile work environment. Right? Well, that’s what one woman here in Salem, Mass. … [Read more...]

Yoga Journal’s Body Image Issues: the Kathryn Budig Cover

(Editor's note: 20.4 million people practice yoga in America. And chances are that includes you or someone you know. Yoga's original purpose is to attain mind-body-spirit oneness, but the word has steadily come to equate an exercise craze with a market worth $10 billion per year. The problem is that as a product this new "yoga" is … [Read more...]