“Hey Shorty!” A Tall Lesson On Sexual Harassment

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By Carmen Rios at the SPARK Summit “When I advocate for our most vulnerable girls and women at the intersection of gender, race, class, and sexual oppression, I’m advocating for myself and my family.” These were the words that welcomed me to the newly released book, “Hey Shorty!: A Guide to Combating Sexual Harassment and … [Read more...]

Culture: Latina Beauties

Zoe Saldana has Dominican & Puerto Rican roots; Alexis Bledel is Mexican-Argentine-American.

By Helen Rodriguez of Latinitas For years, Latinas have worked hard to break beauty barriers in the U.S. Now that we have managed to forge our own identity in American society, a part of me is thrilled with what Latinas have achieved and the role models that are now available for many young girls. On the other hand, I can't help … [Read more...]

Using Cosmetic Surgery Stop Bullying?

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A few weeks ago, ABCNews.com reported an article "When Is Cosmetic Surgery the Answer to Bullyling?" (Um, never?) We particularly liked this smart response by blogger Shark-Fu of Angry Black Bitch, who allowed us to reprint this with her permission. When I was a wee bitch I was bullied mercilessly for all things related to my … [Read more...]

If You’re Fat, Your Paycheck Might Not Be

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By Ashley-Michelle Papon When it comes to cultural and social inequalities between men and women, the wage gap is one of the most widely accepted yet paradoxically ignored aspects of the gendered disparity. For over 30 years, equal pay has been the law of the land, though numerous independent studies have established that … [Read more...]

The False Mirror: On Diversity, Bizarre Barbies, and Body Image Activism

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By Sayantani DasGupta There’s a character on television’s The Vampire Diaries who is called “Vampire Barbie.” Which I think is kind of ironic. Because on the one hand, vampires aren’t supposed to see themselves in mirrors – and yet, that’s what the cultural icon of Barbie is all about. A certain kind of unattainable, … [Read more...]

The “Mi Pobre Hijo” Syndrome

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By Latina Fatale As feminists we often hear about patriarchy, sexism, and how women have been oppressed by men. We talk less about how women also perpetuate patriarchy by reinforcing sexism and stereotypical notions about gender roles. Even women who have managed to raise strong, independent daughters may be guilty of having … [Read more...]

Seeing Beauty in All: Over-40 Nudes

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By Sharon Haywood In the summer of 2010 photographer Keith Seat gave life to the project “Seeing Beauty in All: Over-40 Nudes” based out of Washington, DC. He has compiled a wonderful array of black-and-white photos, using non-professional models over the age of 4o. (The oldest models to date are in their mid-70s). He explains his … [Read more...]

Deconstructing Kanye’s “Monster”

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By Pia Guerrero, Founder and Co-Editor Last week we posted a petition calling to stop the official release of Kanye West’s “Monster” video for its eroticized depictions of death and extreme violence against women.  Since then news of the video and our petition to MTV and Universal Music has gained momentum causing bloggers and … [Read more...]

Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow

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by Dyann Logwood From the time we arrive kicking and screaming into the world, Black people are ensnarled in debate about our hair. "Good" hair. Nappy hair. We've got names for every texture, and they ain't always nice. I know Black girls who are comfortable weighing 200 pounds, showing cellulite, and flaunting curves that … [Read more...]

Intersectionality, Women & Body Image

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An interview with Becky Thompson, who studies women's eating and body problems from a multicultural perspective. BY Ophira Edut Is the face of eating disorders only white and middle class? Not even close, according to Becky Thompson, a professor of African-American studies and sociology. Thompson is the author of "A Hunger So … [Read more...]