Media Literacy 101

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By Melissa A. Fabello So, I’ve been doing a lot of talks on media literacy lately. In the past six weeks alone, I’ve done presentations and panels on media literacy at Carroll University, Widener University, Temple University, and for Women’s Way in Philadelphia. People are really into it. So I thought maybe it was about time to … [Read more...]

Four Great Reasons to Lose Weight…. Loss TV Shows

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By Allison Epstein Confession: while the goal for many people during the New Year is to give up our vices, I will never turn my back on TLC’s Say Yes To The Dress. Yes, after a steady diet of feminist literature and blogging, it’s difficult to silence the running commentary in the back of my head. “Oh, don’t get a veil, … [Read more...]

The Good, The Bad, and The Selfie

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By Allison Epstein Ah, the selfie. The autobiography of the photographic world. The 2013 Word of the Year for the Oxford English Dictionary (or OED). And the subject of many a heated debate. It’s difficult to escape its influence, either in your Facebook news feed or in the mainstream media. The OED estimates that the usage … [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...]

Liberate Halloween Action Kit!

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By the White Noise Collective They’re ba-ack! (shudder) With Halloween quickly approaching, and costume shops like Spirit Halloween opening their doors, many of us are cringing at the thought of another Halloween full of racism, sexism, heterosexism and the full range of offensive apparel we annually witness. In response, we … [Read more...]

Disney Starlets Getting Thinner?

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By Gabby Vachon For the last decade, The Disney Channel has successfully launched the careers of the most popular teen superstars. But are these young Hollywood starlets getting thinner, and what message does that send young viewers? I was perusing Tumblr when I found this picture of the three "generations" of Disney … [Read more...]

“Yoga Body”: The Conspiracy

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By Danielle Prohom Olson, Yoga Divine Yoga I thought I’d said all I wanted on body image and yoga in my last post but controversy in the yoga world regarding a certain video has left me feeling I didn’t say nearly enough. Or say it clearly enough. So let me try again. The taut and toned ‘yoga body’ on display in the media … [Read more...]

When We Were Free To Be: Revisiting A Classic

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By Amy Jussel, Shaping Youth Last year marked not only the 40th Anniversary of Title IX changing women’s sports forever, it was also the 40th Anniversary of the cycle-breaking, movement-making pop culture childrens’ classic Free to Be, You and Me created by one of my very first childhood ‘sheroes’ Marlo Thomas. Marlo Thomas’ … [Read more...]

Lyrical Lacerations, from NWA to Rick Ross

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By Anne Desrosiers Rappers make songs under the creative licenses of their whims, songs are released, and sometimes these songs top the charts. Other times they become catch phrases that become part of urban lexicon, and other times they create a firestorm of criticism and backlash. Certainly ever since music has been made … [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...]