BY Holly Trantham
on Mar 05, 2015
Emily Lindin, like too many young girls, was bullied and shamed after being labeled the school “slut” during her preteen years. As an adult, she’d hear of the tragic stories of girls who’d committed suicide—Rehtaeh Parsons, Amanda Todd, Audrie Pott—after experiencing the same kind of suffering. So, in 2013, Lindin decided to do something to help: She wanted to show girls that though they may feel isolated or trapped, they are ... Read More
BY Ada Guzman
on Feb 17, 2015
This past New Year’s Eve, a 14-year-old girl was celebrating at home with a friend when she received a video on her Snapchat account of two schoolmates calling her racist and derogatory names. When her adoptive father Brad Knudson found out, he decided to do something about it. After recording the bullying, he managed to contact the father of the kids in the video, Deron Puro, and explain his abhorrence. But instead of showing remorse or concern, Puro called ... Read More
on Aug 27, 2014
Bullies are everywhere, whether they're on the playground as a kid, in the locker room as an adolescent, or even the person in front of you in line for Starbucks who’s giving the barista a hard time; bullies can feel completely unavoidable.
But thanks to the unSlut project we now have a plan to not only conquer bullies, but also to celebrate and spread kindness instead of hate, and it all starts with confidence! (And no it does not include baking a cake of ... Read More
on Aug 06, 2014
Zoe Saldana was recently a guest on Watch What Happens: Live with Andy Cohen, when a viewer called in and asked (in a very judgmental tone I might add), what Zoe thought of Britney Spear’s show in Vegas, and if she heard her song that was recently released without autotune (which I will not link to because that is irrelevant). And Zoey handled it like the ultimate sweetie-pie homegirl we know she is.
If you don’t remember, Zoe, Britney and Taryn ... Read More
on Jun 17, 2014
Thanks to Tyra Banks and America's Next Top Model, the 11-year quest for who’s gonna be on top has been a “fierce” ride. We’ve learned to “smize” we learned what happens when you let Tyra down, and we’ve learned that true beauty doesn't only come in a 6’2-Blonde-90 pound-package.
Featuring plus-sized models, petite models, an m-to-f transgender model, a contestant with asperger syndrome, mothers, a contestant ... Read More
BY Gwen Berumen
on Jun 05, 2014
We all know how dangerous internalized misogyny can be. Patriarchal culture can often result in women doing and saying things that aren't very supportive of our fellow ladies. Like slut-shaming. Aside from being completely lame sauce, there is new evidence that this is not simply a gendered phenomenon.
According to a study published in the June issue of Social Psychology Quarterly, slut-shaming has less to do with sex and more to do with class.
In 2004, ... Read More
on May 23, 2014
“Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me,” I can recall my elementary school self parroting to the school bully in response to a nasty jibe.
But is it really true?
In “Weapon of Choice,” photographer Richard Johnson challenges the old saying with an emotionally charged photo gallery.
These poignant and disturbingly truthful images hypostatize the emotional scarring of verbal abuse by depicting ... Read More
BY Oriana Asano
on May 06, 2014
At the Ms. Foundation Women of Vision Gala, the lovely Gabourey Sidibe gave a kick-ass speech about cookies, confidence, bullying, and being an asshole. God, I love her. Sidibe recounts how hard it was to get bullied at school and at home, but remains grateful to the haters for making her stronger, finding her beauty, and being funny as hell. Still, the hate doesn’t stop. Sidibe is constantly the target of racism and sizeism for being a black, fat woman who ... Read More
At 2013’s Denver Comic Con, a young lady dared to ask a very important question of Wil Wheaton, star of Star Trek: The Next Generation and The Big Bang Theory: “When you were a kid, were you called a nerd, and if so, how did you deal with it? And his answer was perfect.
Without an ounce of condescension, he addressed to difficult topic with grace and compassion. It’s too rare that we’re reminded that as children and as ... Read More
BY Mary Rockcastle
on Mar 20, 2014
I still have distinct memories of this one time when I took my Lord of the Rings action figures to school in fourth grade. I quickly found myself surrounded by a group of boys who weren't afraid to inform me that my toys were not dolls, they were action figures, and that dolls were for girls and action figures were for boys. Little did they know that I just thought Legolas and Aragorn were hot, and didn’t give two flying bags of shit whether they were ... Read More