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...]

Taking Matters Into Our Own Hands with Sexual Assault Prevention Apps

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By Caryn Rubanovich, Intern 2014 By now, many schools have kicked into full gear. For freshmen it's a daunting time. Being in college is exciting. It's a place we've all heard about: a place to meet best friends, commit to our studies, and explore passions, old and new. Without a doubt, the beginning of the fall semester can … [Read more...]

Protecting our Daughters’ Self-Esteem: How does the Internet Harm Our Girls?

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By Amy Williams In a world where trending stories revolve around human Barbies and celebrity plastic surgery fails, it's easy to get distracted by superficial concerns. Selfies and "belfies" (pictures of a person's toned backside) flood teens' news feeds begging for "likes" and comments. Social media and the Internet play huge … [Read more...]

Not Just Men: Expanding the Conversation on Sexual Assault

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By Caroline Catlin Originally published on HuffPost College and cross-posted with the author's permission Note: this post contains descriptions and discussion of sexual assault At first, we laughed about it. My friend and I sat at a small table in a crowded coffee shop on campus laughing about my unfortunate night. Another … [Read more...]

Are Eating Disorders Exacerbated by Religious Fasting?

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By Valerie Martin, LMSW Over the past several years, a number of controversial articles and research studies have explored the relationship between eating disorders and religious traditions. Several years ago, there was a significant focus on the Jewish tradition, in particular the Orthodox community. Some studies and health … [Read more...]

Read My Hips: A Body Image Memoir By Kim Brittingham

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Sometimes the journey to body positivity can feel like a lonely one. We’re surrounded on all sides by advertisements urging us to lose that last xx pounds, dye those pesky gray hairs back to their “natural” color, or try the latest miracle cure guaranteed to melt off pounds and pounds of fat. (Is it just me, or does anything at all … [Read more...]

Eat Like a Human: How Gender Stereotypes Affect Our Relationships With Food

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By Amber Ikeman (Intern 2014) Eaters of the world – I have a question for you. Have you ever heard or used phrases such as “Eat like a man!” or “I’ve got to maintain my lady-like figure”? When was the last time you looked at your plate of food and considered what the opposite sex might think about it? (Okay, that was two … [Read more...]

Shaving Your Legs Is Not Feminist (But You Can Still Be A Feminist And Shave)

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By Anne Thériault from The Belle Jar, cross-posted with permission. I posted this picture (by Natalya Lobanova) on my Facebook page yesterday and received a bunch of varying responses to it. Some people loved it. A bunch of people shared it. But some also found it insulting and judgmental, and took it as a criticism of women who … [Read more...]

8 Ways To Feel Totally Sexy And Confident – Without BuzzFeed’s Impossible Beauty Standards

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By Amber Ikeman (Intern 2014) If you surf social media sites for more than 60 seconds at a time, you’ve probably come across a link to a BuzzFeed page. Facebook and other social media sites are riddled with links to videos, memes or quizzes that can easily impact ideals of beauty, gender and sexuality. Engaging with these pieces … [Read more...]

Reclaiming Mother’s Day

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Cross-posted with permission from The White Noise Collective. As Mother’s Day approaches, the White Noise Collective is once again faced with more questions than answers about this national holiday with a rich but forgotten history. We all agree that the current mainstream celebration of Mother’s Day — adorned with endless … [Read more...]