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

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...]

Help Expose the Real Illusionists

By Sharon Haywood, Co-Editor “To men a man is but a mind. Who cares what face he carries or what he wears? But a woman’s body is the woman.” Filmmaker Elena Rossini cites this quote from writer Ambrose Bierce as her third reason out of 30 for creating The Illusionists, a full-length documentary about how the body has been … [Read more...]

A “Monster” Success!

By Sharon Haywood, Co-Editor It’s official folks, and you heard it here first: MTV and VH1 will not air Kanye West’s “Monster” video. Jeannie Kedas of MTV Networks, which also controls VH1, has recently confirmed that neither channel “has plans to air the video.” Kedas cited MTV’s voluntary standards department as a guiding … [Read more...]

Can Kharma Crush Stereotypes in Women’s Wrestling?

By Ashley-Michelle Papon For as long as I've been playing the dating game, I've witnessed how wrestling (the fake kind) has a hold on the people of my generation. In fact, of all the people I've dated (or, in a select few cases, married) wrestling seems to be the only unifying thread. I had never understood the attraction to … [Read more...]

To BE or To Be Looked At?

By Lexie Kite at BeautyRedefined.net; Cross-posted with permission. You are capable of much more than being looked at. Have you thought about this statement? Do you understand the gravity of it? This was the first of the four messages Lindsay and I carefully chose for our billboard campaign going up in June, and it gave … [Read more...]

Boobies, Ta-tas, and Cha-Chas, Oh My! The Sexy-fication of Cancer

By Sayantani DasGupta "Save the Boobies!  I  ♥ Ta-tas! Save Second Base!" Like the ubiquitousness of Lance Armstrong’s Live Strong armbands and Susan G. Komen Foundation’s pink ribbon festooned campaigns, "I heart the boobie" bracelets seem to be everywhere these days. Such as on the arms of young women showing their breast … [Read more...]

Prevent Official Release of Kanye West’s Women-Hating Video

Petition by Sharon Haywood and Melinda Tankard Reist HipHopConnection.com has leaked a video teaser for the Kanye West hit song "Monster" and what we've seen is beyond disturbing. In just 30 seconds, viewers take in image after image of eroticized violence against women: Dead women, clad in lingerie, hang by chains around … [Read more...]

The Hijab: Can it Promote a Healthy Self Image?

By Sharon Haywood, Co-Editor Several years ago while traveling through Malaysia, I had the opportunity to visit a mosque in Kuala Lumpur, the country's capital. Despite my modest dress (a long flowing skirt and a loose-fitting blouse that covered my arms), the mosque required that I wear an abaya, a cloak that covered my head, … [Read more...]

Putting “Proper” Clothes on Mariah Carey. Thanks Saudi Arabia!

By Pia Guerrero, Co-Founder and Co-Editor I just came across this post at Jezebel revealing an interesting make-over of Mariah Carey. The new Mariah no longer sports a body baring tube top. Her body jewelry has disappeared and a simple top covers her shoulders, chest and trunk. Clearly the old school Butterfly album cover has … [Read more...]

Save Your Boobs, Unless They’re Saggy

Update:  Jezebel and The LA Times have posted two new stories also shaming the "Save the Boobs" campaign.Just came across this psa "Save the Boobs" for ReThink Breast Cancer. In an effort to reach a hip, young, media savvy audience about the impact of breast cancer on young women, this campaign does nothing to lift the conversation … [Read more...]