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

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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...]

The Impossible Standards of a Smile

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By Sarah Landrum When you look in the mirror, you probably smile. Why? When we smile, we believe we look the most beautiful. However, the smile has been widely criticized for thousands of years. A natural smile, one that has not been altered from its original state, doesn't seem to fit beauty standards. Is that fair? Isn't … [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...]

Running from Self-Objectification

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By Lexie Kite from Beauty Redefined, cross-posted with permission When we grow up surrounded by appearance-obsessed media's "Weight Less, Smile More!!" and "Perfect Your Parts, Perfect Your Life!!" headlines plastered everywhere, those messages rake in billions and get us nowhere closer to real health and happiness. Instead, … [Read more...]

Boobs are for Sex: The Sexualization of Pregnancy & Breastfeeding in Advertising Part II


By Elizabeth Ganley-Roper and Julia Fuller-Kling  In our first article, we explored how breastfeeding mothers feel about their bodies, the portrayal of breastfeeding celebrities in the media, and how these representations can have negative and positive effects on mothers. In this second article, we’ve chosen to focus on specific … [Read more...]

When Colored Girls Are Degraded: An Open Letter to CEO Lucian Grainge of Universal Music Group

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By Nuala Cabral of FAAN Mail “All I want for my birthday is a big booty hoe.” – 2 Chainz, rapper Well, all I want for my birthday is for music corporations to be held accountable for routinely degrading women of color. Four powerful corporations are behind the majority of music we hear on the radio and the videos we see on tv. … [Read more...]

Violence Sells? Time to Say “Enough” to Twisted Advertisers

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By Joanna Chiu Before anyone had even heard of the show Jersey Shore, MTV leaked out a clip of Snooki (Nicole Polizzi) getting punched in a face by a man in a bar, and the clip went viral, prompting articles like “The Countdown to Snooki Getting Punched in the Face Is On!” (trigger warning for link). The author of that … [Read more...]

Me, My Puffy Face, and Ashley Judd

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By Pia Guerrero, Co-Founder/Editor As most of you know, after being pounded in them media over speculation that her puffy face was a sign of bad plastic surgery that made her ugly not more attractive, Ashley Judd slammed the media for upholding patriarchy and for perpetuating sexism, misogyny and objectification. When I … [Read more...]

Anatomy of a Sex Symbol


  “Maybe I’m a sexless sex goddess.” - Marilyn Monroe to Life magazine journalist Richard Meryman, 1961 By Sheila O'Malley, Joan's Digest The sexiest woman in America didn’t have an orgasm until the last year of her life.  Despite her famous love affairs and marriages, not to mention the fact that she was the … [Read more...]

American Apparel’s ‘Next Big Thing’ is a Big Fat Lie


By Meghan Murphy American Apparel has never been progressive. It has never been pro-woman and it has never made much of an effort to hide it’s founder, Dov Charney‘s, pervy ways. Last year, Melanie Klein at Feminist Fatale outlined the myriad of ways in which the company has long been a terrible place for women. Charney has been … [Read more...]