In an interview with Ellen Degeneres, superbabe Melissa McCarthy explains how she engaged with a critic at the Toronto Film Festival who told her she “really looked bad” in her most recent film. She responded kindly and wisely, causing the critic to step back and reconsider.
“I just think we tear down women in this country for all these superficial reasons,” McCarthy says. “And women are so great, and so strong.” Check out the ... Read More
BY Marissa Dubecky
on Jan 28, 2015
In promising news for young girls and feminists (and, let's be honest, pretty much everybody else), major toy company Mattel ousted its chief executive officer this week, partly because its Barbie products just aren’t cutting it anymore.
For a doll that was inspired by a German sex toy, we’re not sure why it took over 50 years for society to realize Barbie sends children negative messages (i.e. directly encouraging them to aspire to the impossible ... Read More
BY Hannah Baxter
on Nov 25, 2014
Prepare to get your girls out, because the Free the Nipple film trailer is finally here!
If you’re someone who is generally not concerned with the liberation or censorship of half the population’s areolas, let’s back up a step and fill in the holes. In America today, there are 37 states that prohibit a woman from appearing topless in public, and that includes breastfeeding. Illegally exposing her nipple can result in up to three years in jail and ... Read More
BY Meg Zulch
on Sep 10, 2014
In a sea of generic Playboy and Hollywood bombshell calendars, there’s finally a calendar that honors the curvy, beautiful ladies of our lives. It’s rare these days to see women in the media that aren’t Photoshopped and airbrushed into oblivion. Thin bodies are glorified in our society, and too often every other type of body is not given the appreciation and representation they deserve. The portrayal of plus-sized bodies in the mainstream is ... Read More
BY Oriana Asano
on May 22, 2014
Summer is well on its way and I might be falling victim to the annual frenzied, half-assed attempt to tone all the soft parts of my body. As automatic as my reaction is, I check myself: I must remember that I don’t have to be a size 4 to dress appropriately for the weather. I must remember that I dress for me and no one else.
Unfortunately, women are bombarded by all these gross magazines that insist we get fit for summer because everyone will be looking at ... Read More
BY Oriana Asano
on May 22, 2014
Writing good poetry requires talent, but being able to deliver at Poetry Slams and bring people to tears is another thing entirely. A performance done by a woman named Samantha Peterson called “Dead Men Can’t Catcall” is floating around the web right now among my friends. After hearing the title, I knew I had to watch and share it. She performed this piece at CUPSI (College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational) this year at Finals. During her ... Read More
on May 21, 2014
Well, patriarchy, you’ve done it again! The emergence of yet another gender-based double standard has recently been illuminated by the blatant and callous fat-shaming of world renowned opera singer, Tara Erraught. The Irish mezzo-soprano sang Octavian in the Strauss Opera “Der Rosenkavalier” at the Glyndebourne Festival on Saturday night, and this was certainly not her first time at the rodeo. Tara is one of the few emerging artists to capture ... Read More
As women and especially as teenagers, we’re continuously told to hide our bodies; our clothes are deemed too low cut and too tight, and we are asked to present ourselves in ways that satisfy and placate others.
Allison Roth is a 17-year-old who wore a tank top to the gym and got scolded. As a member of Planet Fitness in Waterford Township, the young woman assumed that the facility and franchise would hold true to its mission to foster a ... Read More
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The artist’s Maria Raquel Cochez’s impressive body of work is powerfully autobiographical, cataloging her painful struggle with eating disorders, weight loss surgery, and recovery. In her recent photographs, she claims the human right to accept and love her body, promoting body acceptance for all women in the process.
For her “CKMe” and “Another Mermaid” project, she inserts ... Read More
BY Michelle Beiter
on Feb 27, 2014
Has it been your lifelong dream to be completely starkers in front of 299 other equally naked strangers whilst you paint one another’s bodies in the name of art and body acceptance? If so, prepare yourself to be extremely psyched. There's a naked painting party happening in NYC, and no, it’s not in the grungy basement of an art student’s walk-up. No, my friends, this naked painting party is hosted by Social Exposure, it’s aided by ... Read More