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...]

Why We Should Think Twice Before Idealizing Ruby Rose

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By Sam Dylan Finch for Let's Queer Things Up!, cross-posted with permission The Internet is abuzz about Ruby Rose, a genderfluid actor, DJ, and model who appeared in Season 3 of Netflix Original Series Orange Is the New Black. While Rose is undoubtedly stunning and a perfectly lovely person, our idealization of Ruby Rose … [Read more...]

The Empowerment Project: Meditations on Fear

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By Vanessa Leigh for SweetLeigh, cross-posted with permission People everywhere are constantly telling us to love ourselves. Especially now that body positivity is a "trending" topic. I really dislike the word and concept behind the word "trend"... It often feels hard and challenging to love ourselves, and I've written a little … [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...]

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...]

Not Good Enough: Diversity and the Arts

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By Alex Chisholm for Exeunt Magazine, cross-posted with permission So I said I would write something about "diversity." It is a topic I'm interested in, connected to in various ways. In particular, at the moment I am dramaturg on a production of Boi Boi is Dead by Zodwa Nyoni, produced by Tiata Fahodzi, West Yorkshire Playhouse … [Read more...]

How Do Leggings Shine a Spotlight on Sexism in the Media?

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By Tasha Sanders, Intern 2015 When I first caught wind of blogger Veronica Partridge's recent post about her decision not to wear leggings or yoga pants anymore, I was stumped. Full disclosure: I am totally in the "Leggings Can Be Pants!" camp. I love leggings. They're so comfortable, they look great under dresses and tunics … [Read more...]

Popular Publishers Tell Women to Be a Man or Write Like One

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By Caryn Rubanovich I'm sitting in my writing seminar. Over this past semester, I've gotten to know my fellow classmates and their writing intimately. I've read their poems, fictional stories, non-fictional accounts. I've befriended, fallen in love with, and despised their intricately constructed characters. I've familiarized … [Read more...]