The Truth Behind the Lena Dunham Debacle That No One is Talking About

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By Ashley-Michelle Papon Two months ago, terminally offbeat actress, producer, and all around center of attention Lena Dunham emerged as the principal critic of the rape culture glorification of and response to Celebgate. Relying on the entire Internet for her stage, Dunham executed one pretty fantastic feminist takedown after … [Read more...]

Why the Media Still Doesn’t Get Lesbianism Right

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By Tasha Sanders, Intern 2014 Turn on the TV today and you'll see more depictions of LGBT* than ever before. This increase has resulted in society becoming more accepting of this minority group. Mainstream audiences have been exposed through shows such as Will & Grace, The Fosters, and the wildly popular Modern Family, in … [Read more...]

Reign’s Rape Problem

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By Anne Thériault at The Belle Jar, cross-posted with permission Trigger warning: rape When I first heard about the CW show Reign, I knew that it was going to be my next guilty pleasure. A young Mary Stuart and her ladies-in-waiting living with Catherine de'Medici in Renaissance France? Yes please. Court intrigue and awkward … [Read more...]

Maroon 5′s “Animals”—How Cultural Stereotypes Mask the Message

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By Allison Epstein It would take some searching to find an American with a radio who hasn't heard a song or two off V, Maroon 5's latest album. It's packed with the kind of earworm tracks that wiggle into your head and refuse to leave. Full disclosure: "Maps" has been stuck in my head since about mid-August. But with the release … [Read more...]

Reimagining Barbie: Villain or Victim?

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By Lisa Wade, PhD at Sociological Images Earlier this year, Barbie posed for Sports Illustrated, triggering a round of eye-rolling and exasperation among those who care about the self-esteem and overall mental health of girls and women. Barbie replied with the hashtag #unapologetic, arguing in an — I’m gonna guess, … [Read more...]

Health and Happiness: Why Dieting Won’t Bring You Either

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By Amber Ikeman, Intern 2014 I’m on a diet. I’ve been on it for a while and it’s actually pretty easy. No ridiculous amounts of money, none of those nasty chalk shakes, and no complicated tracking methods. It’s really healthy and I feel great. It’s called a food diet. Sometimes while engaging in my food diet at lunch (which … [Read more...]

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...]