Racy, Sexy, and Culturally Appropriate-y: It’s Halloween Again, Folks!

Poster created by Students Teaching About Racism in Society (STARS)

By Sayantani DasGupta Okay, someone tell me – since when did Halloween become a time to fly your racist and sexist flags without censure? I, for one, am tired of it. So, hopefully we’re all on board by now with the idea that dressing our daughters up as ‘naughty’ leopards and ‘sexy’ nurses might be, say, a tad disgusting. As … [Read more...]

When We Were Free To Be: Revisiting A Classic

Amy Jussel

By Amy Jussel, Shaping Youth Last year marked not only the 40th Anniversary of Title IX changing women’s sports forever, it was also the 40th Anniversary of the cycle-breaking, movement-making pop culture childrens’ classic Free to Be, You and Me created by one of my very first childhood ‘sheroes’ Marlo Thomas. Marlo Thomas’ … [Read more...]

The Boston Attacks Unleash Viral Racism

Obama Address on NBC

By Ashley-Michelle Papon The country is still reeling from the attacks in Boston. At present count, three people have died and over 180 have been injured from detonation of the dual bombs that shook the Cradle of Liberty just a few hours into the annual Boston Marathon. The shock hasn’t worn off, even as authorities have … [Read more...]

Fantasy vs. Reality: Lesbian Sex in Pornography

Image by Philippe Leroyer

By Melissa A. Fabello I’m not here to talk about fingernails. At least, I’m not here just to talk about fingernails. Because when it comes to mainstream pornography’s depiction of lesbian sex, the least of our gripes should be about how long the actresses’ nails are. The entire performance is inaccurate at best, offensive … [Read more...]

Body Shame Bowl XLVII: Advertising Cultural Ideals Does No One Any Good

Go Daddy's "Perfect Match" advert

By Allison Epstein, Intern (2013) Unless you’ve been living in a cave somewhere away from any form of mass media, you’ve probably noticed a common theme in print ads and commercials. Advertisers are now not only selling us products, they’re selling us another object that we consume by virtue of just seeing it: ourselves. Not … [Read more...]

Apparently Your Figure is Everyone’s Moral Issue

©Ben Ostrowsky

By Chelsey Anderson (Intern, 2012) It comes as no surprise that many Americans don’t lead the healthiest of lifestyles. We drink, we stress, and we don’t sleep enough. Somehow though, the issues that strongly elicit a moral outrage and condemnation are those tied to weight. A prime example of this prejudice can be found in the … [Read more...]

Subjectified: The Film

subjectified

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...]

Girls like Boogers, Boys like Romance: Let’s Get Beyond Gender in Children’s Books Already, People!

"Lunch Walks Among Us" the first in the Mad Scientist series by Franny K. Stein

By Sayantani DasGupta Back in September 2010, the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) sent cyberspace into a tizzy with the article How to Raise Boys who Read. Hint: It's not with gross-out books and video game bribes. I don't think the article is really that controversial. The writer, Thomas Spence, rants a little about Captain … [Read more...]

Four Ways To Support Your Friend Who’s Being Slut-Shamed

F*** Slut Slaming

By Shannon Ridgway at Everyday Feminism Most of you have probably heard of the phrase “slut-shaming,” but for those who haven’t, allow me to educate you about this unfortunately common and very hurtful behavior. Slut-shaming, according to Wikipedia, is defined as follows: “The act of making someone, usually a woman, feel … [Read more...]

Binary Thinking About Body Image Hurts Us All

©Marc Ben Fatma

By Vinjeru Mkandawire at Fem2pt0 “They say that white has might And thin is in, well that’s just bull. Cause ladies, big is back And as for black, it’s beautiful” -Hairspray: “Big, Blonde and Beautiful” A Washington Post-Kaiser Family Foundation poll surfaced earlier this year finding that black women have overall … [Read more...]