Serena Williams Responds to the “Smile!” Treatment


By Anita Little on Sociological Images, cross-posted with permission Serena Williams, the winner of 21 Grand Slam titles and arguably the greatest living female athlete, was understandably exhausted after defeating her sister and best friend Venus Williams in the U.S. Open earlier this week. So she wasn’t having it when, during … [Read more...]

The Problem With Consent


By Rosanna Brunwin, Intern 2015 TW: This piece contains discussions of sexual assault and common victim-blaming allegations. Consent. We try to encourage it, require it, make it sexy and cool and fun. But the problem with our cultural outlook on consensual sex goes much deeper than we like to think about. In our legal … [Read more...]

Forget Body Love: Where Is the You-Are-More-Than-Your-Body Movement for Women?

Kate Walford

By Kate Walford, Intern 2015 Love your body! It's a message that the body-positive movement is working very hard on. With all the messages the media sends women about their bodies — that they must look a certain way, that they need all sorts of products and exercises and diets in order to be worthy of love and attention — the … [Read more...]

Exiting the Sausage Fest

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By Megan Stodel for The F Word, cross-posted with permission Recently, I've been trying to eat less meat. In my case, it's for environmental reasons, but there are plenty of other good reasons why people choose to cut down or eliminate it from their diet altogether. Being the sort of person who likes so few vegetables that … [Read more...]

Navigating Gender Norms With My Transgender Daughter

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By Tasha Sanders For the first time in her life, my eight-year-old daughter is finally able to be her true self. She loves dresses, the color pink, and rocking purses with pizzazz. These may seem like normal things, but for my daughter, being able to showcase her identity publicly this way is brand-new. My daughter is … [Read more...]

4 Lies Western Philosophy Teaches Us About Our Bodies

Kate Walford

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 | Anissa Thompson

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


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?

Easa Shamih

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...]