Hands Off: Tattoo Etiquette

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By Melissa A. Fabello I’m tattooed. And by “I’m tattooed,” I don’t mean one or two or five or seven. I don’t mean that I’m tattooed in the #TeamTatted, finally-I-turned-eighteen-so-I-got-my-first-tattoo sense. I mean tattooed. And I say that to say: I’ve noticed a shift since my body was a blank canvas. The fact of the … [Read more...]

Talking about Periods: Removing Menstrual Shame for Social Justice

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By Sayantani DasGupta In most countries, there is a culture of taboo and secrecy around menstrual health and hygiene. Just think of all those ridiculous commercials for sanitary products that allow you to engage in activities ‘without anyone knowing’ you are menstruating – even if you are wearing white spandex or leaping in the … [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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

PETA and Porn: Exploit Women, Not Animals

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By Ashley-Michelle Papon Just in time for the chill of the holidays, the marketing wizards at People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) have come up with a new way to keep converts to animal welfarism warm. Within the next month, PETA will capitalize on their previously raunchy skin campaigns with a companion porn site. … [Read more...]