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The World Economic Forum released the 2013 Global Gender Gap Report, and for the fifth year in a row, Iceland was declared the country with the smallest gender gap. Rounding out the top five nations are Finland, Norway, Sweden, and the Philippines. This means women in these countries have the most equal access to education and healthcare, and are more actively involved in government and economics. It also means Scandinavia is one rad place. The gender gap has narrowed in the past year—86 of 133 countries...
According to a recent study done by British plus-sized retailer Littlewoods, 74% of women who wear a British size 16 (size 12 in the U.S.) say they are happy with their appearance and have high body confidence—nearly twice as many (42%) as those wearing a British size 6 (U.S. 2) The study, which commissioned a poll of 2,000 women on dress size and confidence, additionally revealed that half of those whose weight had fluctuated in the past three years were happiest with a fuller, size 16...
In the biggest "Wait...what?" I've witnessed in a while (well...maybe since earlier today), Party City has been caught red-handed committing a Class-A Photoshop disaster. The models of their (what I suppose one could call) "festive legwear" selection, have all been Photoshopped to appear in both the straight and plus size versions. Did they really think we wouldn't notice the same image flipped or stretched? As the Gloss keenly notes, "[T]hese all look wonky, weird and aren’t particularly effective." While on one hand it's interesting to think a...
Throughout the month of October, the BBC has focused on a special series of programming called “100 Women” that showcases the risks, challenges, and opportunities presented to women around the world. Today, that series wrapped up with a conference at BBC Headquarters in London that included talks with 100 influential women about feminism, gender gap, the quest for equality, and what it means to be a woman in the 21st century. The event was live streamed on BBC’s website, and you can go back and watch...
As this year’s winner of Cannes’ coveted Palme d’Or prize, the festival’s highest honor, Blue is the Warmest Color couldn’t be anything but beautifully shot and conceptually top-notch. Famed French filmmaker Abdellatif Kechiche directs Léa Seydoux (Midnight in Paris) and newcomer Adèle Exarchopoulos in this coming-of-age tale, most notable for having more graphic sex scenes than you can count on five sticky little fingers. The film follows Exarchopoulos’ character (also named Adèle) as she feels her way from adolescence to adulthood, confronting homophobia, loneliness, and uncertainty....