‘Prostitution Chic’ is a Thing Now

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By Meghan Murphy, Feminist Current   Cool. At the end of March, The Gloss featured old photos of prostituted women in order to highlight the fact that being poor and having to service nasty-ass dudes in the early 1900s also involved wearing cool tights. A comment left on the post reads: “Well, I’m obviously going to … [Read more...]

The American Dream? Eight Ways the 2013 Miss America Pageant Failed at Equality

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  By Chelsey Anderson Last month, the Miss America Pageant crowned Mallory Hagan, 23, as its newest winner, who will have the ability to support a cause of her choosing, travel and speak all over the United States, and put $50K towards furthering her education. While the Miss America competition is often touted as being … [Read more...]

Freeing the Female Body: On A Quest For Feminist Fashion

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by Maddie Ruud “Feminism” and “fashion”—two words one rarely hears together. In fact, for many feminists, fashion is the new “f word,” a dirty, two-syllable utterance to be spat out with contempt and disgust. And, let’s face it, fashion doesn’t have the best track record when it comes to liberating and empowering women. … [Read more...]

What Online Feminism Must Learn From Racial Justice

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By Pia Guerrero Twelve years ago, I was doing social justice work through a community engagement project in a 10th grade class in San Francisco. The class consisted of kids from the Mission District and Bayview Hunter’s Point. Mission District at the time was a vibrant Latino community and a hot zone for gang activity. Life … [Read more...]

Warning: Feminist Wearing Makeup Ahead. Look Both Ways Before Crossing

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By Quinn Davis, Intern (2011) "The only way I'm staying with you is if you stop wearing mascara." Sure, I had dated some d-bags before. But this guy competed for it in the Olympics, won the gold and then spent the next six years touring the country so that hopeful up-and-coming d-bags could look up to someone. Plus, some … [Read more...]

Two Steps Forward, One Step Back: Playboy, Porn, and Pole Dancing

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By Sheena Vasani, Intern (2011) “Would you rather have brains or beauty?” “Beauty,” replies the Miss University London beauty pageant contestant adding because if she weren’t beautiful “nobody would want to listen to her anyway.” Should we assume this quote came from newspaper archives, maybe from the 50s? Unfortunately not. … [Read more...]

The Beauty Myth: Worth Fighting Against?

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By Melanie Klein In light of Britney Spears’ recent unaltered photos, a recent guest post at Jezebel proclaimed feminism’s battle with the beauty myth as bourgeois and not worth the fight. Author, Helen Razer, claims that the efforts to expose the gruesome reality behind the beauty myth is a tiresome and unworthy battle that … [Read more...]

Is “Bo-Tax” Unfair to Women Who Want Their Looks to Compete?

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Feminism's Face-Lift Alexandra Suich, The Nation Can a tax on breast enhancements and liposuction be channeled to benefit the public good? During the Senate's debates over who should bear the cost of the nearly $900 billion healthcare bill, there emerged a surprising suggestion: plastic surgery patients. A proposed … [Read more...]

How I Reconciled My Diet With My Feminism | | AlterNet

Ninety-five percent of dieters gain the weight back. Diets don't work. They perpetuate the idea that the less space we take up in the world, the more lovable, beautiful and valuable we are. … [Read more...]