Aging Gracefully in a World of Anti-Aging

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by Sally McGraw My girl Audi made this request: I’d love to see you do a piece about embracing our bodies and faces as we age. It bums me out to see so many attractive women succumbing to the pressure to look “younger” through cosmetic surgery and Botox and all that. You’ve written a lot about loving your body the way it is … [Read more...]

Fantasy vs. Reality: Lesbian Sex in Pornography

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By Melissa A. Fabello I’m not here to talk about fingernails. At least, I’m not here just to talk about fingernails. Because when it comes to mainstream pornography’s depiction of lesbian sex, the least of our gripes should be about how long the actresses’ nails are. The entire performance is inaccurate at best, offensive … [Read more...]

The Sandy Hook Tragedy: Masculinity and the Expectation of Violence

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By Ashley-Michelle Papon On December 14, 2012, Sandy Hook Elementary became a household name. In a flurry of gunfire, 20-year-old Adam Lanza reignited the politically charged debates over the factors that inevitably perpetuate the cycle of violence. As the media reported a growing death toll, everyday citizens took to their … [Read more...]

Do You Realize How Lucky You Are?

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By Emily Heist Moss Originally appeared on Role/Reboot. Republished here with permission. Emily Heist Moss asks: Are we obligated to reject our socialization? One of my favorite yoga teachers has this routine she does at the beginning of class. We are all in tadasana, waiting for instructions. This is not a hard posture; it’s … [Read more...]

The Invisible War: Sexual Assault in the Military

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By Sayantani DasGupta A female soldier shows the two items she always carries on her body: a cross and a hunting knife. “You always have protection with Jesus,” she says, “but sometimes you need just a little bit more.” Similarly, another female soldier explains, “[My] knife wasn’t for the Iraqis… it was for the guys on my … [Read more...]

Top Ten Myths about Transgender People

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By Katy Kreitler at Everyday Feminism Millions of people in the US identify as transgender. And yet, most people know almost nothing about them. Even many feminists have trouble distinguishing identity from identity, term from term, myth from reality. How many of your friends and family can properly define the term … [Read more...]

Boobs are for Sex: The Sexualization of Pregnancy & Breastfeeding in Advertising Part II

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By Elizabeth Ganley-Roper and Julia Fuller-Kling  In our first article, we explored how breastfeeding mothers feel about their bodies, the portrayal of breastfeeding celebrities in the media, and how these representations can have negative and positive effects on mothers. In this second article, we’ve chosen to focus on specific … [Read more...]

Changing the Narrative: LGBT Young Adult Novels

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By Sayantani DasGupta It’s banned books week again, which is a time of year that always makes me appreciate the power of stories. Stories have such power, words such potential, that people actually fear them. Usually, this fear stems from a desire to limit the narratives that young people can access, and in so doing, attempt to … [Read more...]

When Colored Girls Are Degraded: An Open Letter to CEO Lucian Grainge of Universal Music Group

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By Nuala Cabral of FAAN Mail “All I want for my birthday is a big booty hoe.” – 2 Chainz, rapper Well, all I want for my birthday is for music corporations to be held accountable for routinely degrading women of color. Four powerful corporations are behind the majority of music we hear on the radio and the videos we see on tv. … [Read more...]

Femme Invisibility: On Passing Right by Your People and Not Being Recognized

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By Melissa A. Fabello “So? How do you attract women, then?” I let out one of those awkward laughs that sound more like blurting out Surprise! “I’m serious,” my friend wailed, seeming embarrassed for having asked.  She broke off a piece of the brownie that we were sharing and stuffed it into her mouth, a look of defeat on … [Read more...]