Serena Williams Responds to the “Smile!” Treatment


By Anita Little on Sociological Images, cross-posted with permission Serena Williams, the winner of 21 Grand Slam titles and arguably the greatest living female athlete, was understandably exhausted after defeating her sister and best friend Venus Williams in the U.S. Open earlier this week. So she wasn’t having it when, during … [Read more...]

Endometriosis and the Nature of the “Female Disease”

Alberto Ortiz

By Lisbeth Leftwich, Intern 2015 Author's note: I use the phrases "female" and "woman" throughout this article to refer to someone who experiences or has experienced menstruation, because of my linguistic need for shorthand. However, it's important to note that not all women have uteruses, and not all those who have uteruses are … [Read more...]

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

Kate Walford

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...]

5 Survival Tips for When Caregiving Is Overwhelming

Sheila Sund

By Jessica Roberts, Intern 2015 What if I offered you a job that included no pay or benefits, required 24-hour availability, required you to learn basic medical care, and made it difficult for you to tend to your own basic needs? Would you take it? If you have a grandparent, parent, or child, you likely have experience with … [Read more...]

The Evolution of Pregnancy: From Shame to Post-baby Bodies and Kim Kardashian West

NY Daily News

By Nicki Karimipour Kim Kardashian West is in the limelight again for one of her magazine cover appearances — but this time, she's fully clothed. Who could forget about the time she tried to break the Internet with her racy Paper Magazine  cover in winter 2014? Kim K. appeared, sans (visible) makeup, on the cover of the … [Read more...]

The Era of “Mad” Men: How Sexism Stigmatizes Men’s Mental Health

Silvia Sala

By Megan Dottermusch The stereotype can be traced back through the ages — in biblical stories, fables, and Shakespearean masterpieces, women are ruled by mercurial emotions, and men are the stoic defenders of rational thought and logic. Feminists across the country have spent decades trying to prove that negative biases against … [Read more...]

6 Scary Facts That Prove Size Discrimination Is Real


By Sarah Landrum We're told not to judge a book by its cover, but then moments later hear about the importance of first impressions. Certain things about our appearance are easier to control than others. You can easily get a new haircut or start wearing a more professional wardrobe, but other things are less easy to control, … [Read more...]

Why Ava Duvernay’s AFFRM and Lifetime’s Broad Focus Initiatives Are Vital for Film and TV


By Asha Daya for Girl Talk HQ, cross-posted with permission When you look at any study or statistic showing the amount of females and minorities (or lack thereof) behind the scenes in film and TV industries, it's easy to lose hope and feel like equality is a loooong way off. In a sense, yes it is, especially when the percentage … [Read more...]

Women’s Health Month: 10 Ways to Improve Your Mental Wellbeing

Caleb Roenigk

By Sarah Landrum May is National Women's Health Month, but while we'll pay extra mind in these 31 days, women can prioritize their physical and mental health every day throughout the year. While today's culture places a huge emphasis on physical health, it often neglects to give mental health the attention it deserves, or places … [Read more...]

Forging a Way for Feminism in Film

Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto: Iris Ng | Michael Barker Studio

By Megan Graham Keeping issues like feminism neatly contained to the theoretical or academic world makes it easier for those who don’t care about the cause, or who don’t want such bothersome terms weighing down their worldview. But no matter which side of the fence you’re on, it’s very likely you consume TV and film — our … [Read more...]