What Can The X-Men Teach Us About All Kinds of Stereotypes?

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By Melanie T of Psysociety This [month] marked the opening of X-Men: First Class, prequel to (and assumed reboot of) the wildly successful X-Men movie franchise. … [Read more...]

Media Literacy and Body Confidence: Is One Lesson Enough?

From Dove's "Evolution" video

By Valerie Martin This past year, as part of my graduate social work internship I conducted student counseling in a local high school, both one-on-one and in groups. For my final project, I created a presentation on Media Literacy that I gave to 10 classes. It provided an excellent opportunity to see the students’ reactions and … [Read more...]

Khloe Can’t Keep Up with the Kardashians’ Body Standards

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By Ophira Edut I admit it: I kind of keep up with the sisters K. It's fascinating to watch size, class, race and gender issues all publicly collide in a series of ever-spinning spinoffs. Here are the olive-skinned Kardashians of ambiguous ethnicity, "white" and up-speaking enough to hang with the L.A. celebutantes, yet … [Read more...]

Carrie Fisher Joins the Ongoing “Star Wars” Against Fat

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By Ashley-Michelle Papon Carrie Fisher, the woman who launched a thousand nerd fandoms as heroine Princess Leia from “Star Wars,” has recently joined the ranks of Kirstie Alley and Valerie Bertinelli in pimping out subscription diet plans. As the newest face of Jenny Craig, Fisher discusses the pain associated with being … [Read more...]

What Reality TV Taught Me About Sluts, Waifs, Douchebags and Angry Black Women

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By Melanie Klein at Ms. Magazine Blog Is every woman either desperate to get married (Bridezillas), a slut/bitch (Rock of Love) or a beauty-obsessed waif (America’s Next Top Model)? Is every man either a despicable douchebag (Tool Academy) or a thugged-out gangsta (again, Tool Academy)? If we were to judge from the reality TV … [Read more...]

Tangled: Going Beyond the Disney Princess Mold

Actress and singer Mandy Moore

**SPOILER ALERT: Key plot details revealed** By Valerie Martin The new hit Tangled – Disney’s 50th animated motion picture – is in many ways what you would expect from a Disney princess movie: the beautiful, thin, white, green-eyed, blonde-haired heroine waits for her life to begin (AKA waits for her prince or other … [Read more...]

Halloween is Frightening When it Sexualizes and Stereotypes

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Halloween is the time when goblins come out from under bridges and vampires emerge from creepy coffins. It is also the time when gender and racial stereotypes fly onto the racks of costume shops with frightening speed. It seems with every passing year the line blurs between sexy get ups and age appropriate ones. Sexy women’s … [Read more...]

What Do You Get When a Boy Dresses Like a Girl? Acceptance!

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As a girl I liked to wear clothes that could be considered "boyish". I received no judgment or questioning just love and support from my mom who let me dress myself at 3 years old. Why should it be different for little boys who are drawn to wear colors and things that sparkle and flow? This segment from the Seattle show, New Day … [Read more...]

Pop Culture’s Relentless Battle with Body Image

TV shows "Huge" and "Thintervention with Jackie Warner." Photos from ABC Family and Bravo.

By Valerie Martin Mainstream pop culture's back-and-forth, wishy-washy affair with body image is nothing new -- but it seems to be rearing its head now more than ever. TV line-ups are springing up shows like "Huge" from ABC Family and the new fall series, "Mike & Molly" from CBS. At first glance, it's easy for mainstream … [Read more...]

M.A.C. Cosmetics Want You to Look Like Death

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by Pia Guerrero, Co-editor and Co-founder It’s a given that marketers use violence and sex to sell everything from cars to music, but make-up? M.A.C.’s fall/winter collection, “Juarez”, named after the Mexican city notorious for decades of rampant rape and murder of women and girls, is doing just that. It's important to note … [Read more...]