The American Dream? Eight Ways the 2013 Miss America Pageant Failed at Equality

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  By Chelsey Anderson Last month, the Miss America Pageant crowned Mallory Hagan, 23, as its newest winner, who will have the ability to support a cause of her choosing, travel and speak all over the United States, and put $50K towards furthering her education. While the Miss America competition is often touted as being … [Read more...]

Subjectified: The Film

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By Emma Shakarshy It’s raining outside. The lighting is low and soft. There is a trail of rose petals leading to a plush white bed. A muscular man and thin, busty woman, glistening with sweat are having mind-blowing sex, tangling themselves in the sheets. They climax together, the woman’s moans jumping an octave just before the … [Read more...]

Regenerating Hymens and Bloody Sheets: What’s Really Going On Down There?

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By Therese Shechter A few months ago at a dinner party, the topic of hymens came up (don’t all your dinner parties go like this?) and how on rare occasions the membrane is completely sealed and has to be surgically opened. One of the men there wondered how the condition could go unnoticed, seeing as it would block the … [Read more...]

FAT SEX, The Book

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By Jennifer Jonassen If you’re like me, you grew up with a very limited view of what sexiness is, of what sexiness looks like. I always found it perplexing that what was considered sexy was so narrowly defined. As a young girl, the women that surrounded me did not look like the so-called ideal and yet they were all partnered up. … [Read more...]

Five Surprising Ways to Love Your Body This Halloween

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By Ashley-Michelle Papon When I was a kid, before I understood that patriarchy wasn't a particular type of game hen, Halloween was my favorite holiday. I spent weeks dreaming about my costume. In hindsight, this was a rather amusing waste of my time because I dressed up as a ballerina for six years straight. It's worth … [Read more...]

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

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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...]

The Naked Clam and Other Preposterous Pubic Hair Problems

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By Quinn Davis, Intern (2011) Vaginas and vulvas are confusing enough without pubes. Even though we’ve all got them, we end up feeling like we have way more hair down there than we should. It’s easy to see why; in magazines, on MTV, and pretty much everywhere else in the world where it’s PC to show the bikini line, the mass … [Read more...]

Barbie’s Plummeting Neckline Causes Uproar

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"'Busty Barbie' in Mattel's new Back to Basics Barbie collection is too revealing for some parents" by Tracy Miller at the NY Daily News  Barbie has always been known for her curves - but a new doll from Mattel is upping the ante, much to some parents' consternation. … [Read more...]

Caster Semenya’s True Identity Is Up to Her

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Gotta love the ongoing coverage around Caster Semenya, the South African runner whose gender has been questioned since her victory last month at the 2009 World Championships. Not only does this issue raise questions around gender and privacy, it also shows how absolutely skewed our conceptions of beauty and femininity are. In … [Read more...]

Save Your Boobs, Unless They’re Saggy

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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...]