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...]

Thembi Ngubane’s Story: HIV and AIDS Acceptance

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By Sayantani DasGupta "Our parents struggled against apartheid, they wanted to be free. And it is the same with HIV/AIDS. This is the new struggle." – Thembi Ngubane Thembi Ngubane was a 19-year-old South African woman from Khayelitsha township, outside Cape Town. She never thought she would inspire people from around the … [Read more...]

67 Sueños: Undocumented Youth Tell Their Stories to Change Perceptions

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by 67 Sueños Collective Lourdez, a 17 year-old student at Metwest High School, cares deeply about immigrant justice. “Some undocumented youth live in fear and are scared to speak out because of fear of being harassed or being deported.  I want to change that," says Lourdez. … [Read more...]

Help Expose the Real Illusionists

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By Sharon Haywood, Co-Editor “To men a man is but a mind. Who cares what face he carries or what he wears? But a woman’s body is the woman.” Filmmaker Elena Rossini cites this quote from writer Ambrose Bierce as her third reason out of 30 for creating The Illusionists, a full-length documentary about how the body has been … [Read more...]

A “Monster” Success!

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By Sharon Haywood, Co-Editor It’s official folks, and you heard it here first: MTV and VH1 will not air Kanye West’s “Monster” video. Jeannie Kedas of MTV Networks, which also controls VH1, has recently confirmed that neither channel “has plans to air the video.” Kedas cited MTV’s voluntary standards department as a guiding … [Read more...]

“Hey Shorty!” A Tall Lesson On Sexual Harassment

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By Carmen Rios at the SPARK Summit “When I advocate for our most vulnerable girls and women at the intersection of gender, race, class, and sexual oppression, I’m advocating for myself and my family.” These were the words that welcomed me to the newly released book, “Hey Shorty!: A Guide to Combating Sexual Harassment and … [Read more...]