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...]

“Push Girls”: Exploiting Disabilities or Promoting Inclusion?

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By Valerie Kusler The Pitch: Another reality show about attractive women in Los Angeles hardly sounds like something we need…right? That’s what Sundance Channel executive Sarah Burnett thought during the first few moments of the pitch tape of Push Girls that producer Gay Rosenthal brought to her. But then the camera zoomed … [Read more...]

PETA’s Porn Charade: to Return to Tried-and-True Misogyny & Sizeism?

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By Ashley-Michelle Papon Almost a year after People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) disclosed their intention to defend our beastly bedfellows by showcasing the virtual bedroom habits of our kind, the activism-after-dark site has finally gone live. Well, they DID go live for a little while. After a brief time … [Read more...]

Suit or Sari? On Professionalism and ‘Ethnic’ Dressing

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By Sayantani DasGupta I had the pleasure to attend a women's leadership conference this past weekend. It was a fantastic opportunity to meet innovative and dynamic women from seven different decades, and I was so inspired by much that I saw and heard. But it was a lecture by a popular professor -- an expert in public speaking … [Read more...]

Olympic Women Succeed, but is it Really Fair Play?

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By Emma Shakarshy This Sunday the Olympic flame will be extinguished, marking the end of the 2012 summer Olympic Games in London. In addition to honoring and celebrating the achievements of all the Olympic athletes, the Closing Ceremony unites the world's athletes who will march together as 'one nation'. It's been a rousing few … [Read more...]

The Breast Wars: Why Time Magazine is Part of a Bigger Problem

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By Sayantani DasGupta Oh, get over your misogynistic self, Time Magazine. "Are you Mom enough?" screams the headline. And while it's a far cry from Henry V's St. Crispin's Day speech before the battle of Agincourt (we band of brothers! er, sisters?), just that annoying headline is undoubtedly a bugle-cry for another round of … [Read more...]

The Beauty Trap: The Contradictory Message of PBS’ MAKERS

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By Elizabeth Ganley-Roper When I first heard about the launching of the new initiative, “MAKERS: Women Who Make America,” by PBS and AOL in late February, I was thrilled. A new platform for highlighting and sharing the stories of powerful and inspirational women across American through video interviews, MAKERS is yet another … [Read more...]