4 Lies Western Philosophy Teaches Us About Our Bodies

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By Kate Walford, Intern 2015 What is a good body? How do you know? The simple answer to "why are some bodies considered perfect and others not?" would be "social construct!" This is what I was told as a teenager and during eating disorder recovery. "Oh, society will tell you to be skinny. But don't listen to them, it … [Read more...]

Speak Up: Recalibrating the Relationship Between Body Image and Assertiveness

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Editor's note: Studies have shown that around age 10 girls begin to decrease their assertiveness in the classroom. It's important to note that this behavior does not occur in a vacuum. A lack of role models, gender bias exhibited by adults, media messages and the hypersexualization and pinkification of girlhood greatly impact a … [Read more...]

Impostor Syndrome and Mansplaining in the Name of Feminism

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By Kate Walford, Intern 2015 If you are reading this article, you've probably had some conversations about feminism — with peers, family members, partners, or complete strangers. I love these conversations, and I love sharing struggles and thoughts about being a woman and how feminism or misogyny is affecting lives. I flourish … [Read more...]

If Our Sons Were Treated Like Our Daughters

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By Lori Day Come with me. Let's open the door to a parallel universe. You unlock this door with a key of imagination, just like on The Twilight Zone. Here in this parallel world, the rules are different because gender roles are flipped. Loving parents and teachers accept this strange culture as if it's not so bad, or perhaps … [Read more...]

Why Doesn’t the Literary Establishment Like Books By and About Women?

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By Shani Gilchrist  This piece originally appeared on Role Reboot. Republished here with permission. Luckily, when I recently came across a New York Times essay by Jennifer Weiner about the increased pressure on female writers to tend to their looks, I was coming out of a difficult couple of weeks rather than going into them. … [Read more...]

The Era of “Mad” Men: How Sexism Stigmatizes Men’s Mental Health

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By Megan Dottermusch The stereotype can be traced back through the ages — in biblical stories, fables, and Shakespearean masterpieces, women are ruled by mercurial emotions, and men are the stoic defenders of rational thought and logic. Feminists across the country have spent decades trying to prove that negative biases against … [Read more...]

The Glorification of Masculinity in the Queer Dating Scene Is Totally a Thing — But No One Seems to Want to Talk About It

Kris Krüg

By Erin Tatum for Everyday Feminism, cross-posted with permission My foray into queerness started, quite stereotypically, in my freshman year of college when I was 19. I tried to convince myself that I was taken aback by my sudden attraction to my cute, androgynous friend in the Queer Straight Alliance club, but in reality, … [Read more...]

A Hairy Situation: Body Hair and Gender Construction

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By Rosanna Brunwin, Intern 2015 "Hey, just so you know, your armpits are hairy." I was working my shift behind a local bar when a customer, who had been sitting by the bar for a fair while already, "helpfully" pointed out my underarms. "I know," I said. "I like them like that." He was incredulous that I had purposefully … [Read more...]

Food Is Food: Taking Morality Off the Table

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By Kate Walford, Intern 2015 Food is food. But what is food in our society? A luxury. A disparity. A contest. An unrequited love. A number with a moral value. Something to control. Food is imbued with so many meanings and values. Some of which are wonderful. Some of which are increasingly harmful. The way society's spun … [Read more...]

Sit Down. We’re Gonna Talk About Periods.

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By Allison Epstein It's a scientific fact: Our culture gets weird about bodily fluids. I mean, everybody pees, and yet someone's programmed an entire website to show people the least awkward way to do it in public. But when you take a look at the intersection of biological discharge and gender, stuff starts to get real tricky, … [Read more...]