Minnie Mouse Doesn’t Need a Model Makeover

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By Ragen Chastain When the high-end department store Barney’s decided to collaborate with Disney for its holiday window, Barney’s creative director, David Freedman insisted that, “the important thing to me was always that it had to be authentic. It really had to hit the nail on the head in every detail.” When it came to the … [Read more...]

21st Century Street Harassment: Sneaky Snapshots on Public Transportation

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Editor's note: See June 2, 2012 update at the bottom of the post. By Sharon Haywood, Co-Editor Imagine getting on a local bus or subway car knowing the possibility exists that someone will take your picture and upload it online for viewers to comment on your appearance—all without your permission. Creepy, huh? It’s the new … [Read more...]

Barbie Goes Bald and It’s Not So Beautiful

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By Pia Guerrero, Co-Founder/Editor A couple weeks ago I re-posted, via a friend, a similar statement to the one below on the Adios Barbie Facebook page:  "Mattel should make a Barbie with no hair so that every little girl fighting cancer feels beautiful!! The wish for this petition is that the Barbie is also named Hope and a … [Read more...]

Activist Counters Fat Shaming Ads with Body Positive Billboard

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By Jennifer Jonassen At the beginning of the year a trio of activists spearheaded a movement against the discriminatory campaign based in Georgia called Strong4Life. This controversial campaign features toxic messages with the intent of combatting childhood obesity primarily through shame. Hundreds of people were inspired to … [Read more...]

Got Milk? Angry Moms Protest Facebook’s Discrimination Against Breastfeeding

The author, Ashley-Michelle Papon, participates in the protest at Facebook's head office. Photo by Paala Anderson Secor

By Ashley-Michelle Papon On Monday, Feb. 6, five dozen women flooded Facebook's Menlo Park offices in California, challenging the social networking giant's habit of removing photos depicting breastfeeding. In addition to waving banners informing the crowd that “Breastfeeding is NOT obscene,” and exchanging peer support, mothers … [Read more...]

Size Activists Shed Light on Fat Shaming Campaign

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by Jennifer Jonassen WARNING CHUBBY KIDS MAY NOT OUTLIVE THEIR PARENTS. This is only one of the incendiary campaign slogans Strong4Life is admittedly using to shock parents into putting their children on diets. Other slogans include: WARNING FAT PREVENTION STARTS AT HOME. AND THE BUFFET LINE and WARNING ITS HARD TO BE A … [Read more...]

What Online Feminism Must Learn From Racial Justice

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By Pia Guerrero Twelve years ago, I was doing social justice work through a community engagement project in a 10th grade class in San Francisco. The class consisted of kids from the Mission District and Bayview Hunter’s Point. Mission District at the time was a vibrant Latino community and a hot zone for gang activity. Life … [Read more...]

2011: A Successful Year for Social Media Activism and Proof of Progress

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by Pia Guerrero, Co-Editor and Founder Year's end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us. ~Hal Borland, Journalist Ringing in the New Year has always been marked with promises to do or be better than the year before--quit smoking, exercise more, be more … [Read more...]

Weight Stigma: Breaking it Down with Advocate and Activist Marilyn Wann

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by Jennifer Jonassen One of my biggest heroes in the struggle against fat hatred is unquestionably Marilyn Wann. Her first book, FAT?SO!, was positively revolutionary to me. I initially found myself drawn to the title as I painfully remembered that “fatso” was about the worst thing you could be called on the playground at lunch, … [Read more...]

The Self-Esteem Act Calls for Truth in Advertising

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By Pia Guerrero, Co-Founder/Editor Women and girls are bombarded everyday with thousands of media messages, from billboards to bus stops ads, telling us our worth is not in who we are, but in what we look like. The media and our culture tell us we should be sexy, thin, young, and perfect—just like the actresses and models … [Read more...]