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...]

Dating With Mental Illness: Can We Start Talking About It?

Sarah Browning

By Lisbeth Leftwich, Intern 2015 Everyone you date is hiding something, right? And anyway, mental illness isn't exactly first date conversation. And besides that, isn't it fun to be seen as a new person, someone who doesn't have debilitating panic attacks ... for once? I have this internal conversation with myself every … [Read more...]

Why Ava Duvernay’s AFFRM and Lifetime’s Broad Focus Initiatives Are Vital for Film and TV

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By Asha Daya for Girl Talk HQ, cross-posted with permission When you look at any study or statistic showing the amount of females and minorities (or lack thereof) behind the scenes in film and TV industries, it's easy to lose hope and feel like equality is a loooong way off. In a sense, yes it is, especially when the percentage … [Read more...]

Forging a Way for Feminism in Film

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By Megan Graham Keeping issues like feminism neatly contained to the theoretical or academic world makes it easier for those who don’t care about the cause, or who don’t want such bothersome terms weighing down their worldview. But no matter which side of the fence you’re on, it’s very likely you consume TV and film — our … [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?

Seth Anderson

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...]

What’s Missing in Doctor Who

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By Laleh Ahmad, intern 2015 Doctor Who is a British show that originally aired in 1963 and continues up until now. It's a science-fiction show about a Time Lord called the Doctor, who time-travels in a ship called the TARDIS and teams up with a variety of companions to save civilizations, defeat alien foes, and right wrongs. It … [Read more...]

Yoga: A Practice of Body Love, Healing and Bravery for All

Yoga and Body Image

By Pia Schiavo-Campo A couple of months ago, I attended an event hosted at Ms. Magazine called “Mirror, Mirror: How Misogyny, Body Shaming and Hypersexualization in Media Skew Modern Perceptions of Female Beauty.” There I met Melanie Klein, writer, speaker and professor of Sociology and Women’s Studies at Santa Monica College. … [Read more...]

Why I’m Not Furious about Mannequins with Visible Ribs

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By Z Zoccolante Normally I'm not one to write an article in response to something that has already been extensively commented on. However, this time I'm making an exception. The article in question is titled "Mannequin with Visible Rib Cage Causes Concern," by Kayleen Schaefer, who presents the issue clearly and objectively … [Read more...]