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While filming an episode of Running Wild With Bear Grylls, actress Kate Winslet opened up about body issues and insecurities. “When I grew up, I never heard positive reinforcement about body image from any female in my life… That’s very damaging, because then you’re programmed as a young woman to immediately scrutinize yourself and how you look,” she says. Even glamour queens like Winslet face these pressures. “I was bullied at school,” she says. “I was chubby, always had big feet, the wrong shoes, bad hair. Read More
How can we prove gender inequality really exists? By playing Halo 3, of course. Jeff Kuznekoff, an assistant professor at Miami University, and Michael Kasumovic, an evolutionary biologist for UNSW Australia, teamed up to conduct a study measuring bullying and gender. In order to accurately get the information they wanted, the popular first-person shooter game, Halo 3, was used. If you are unfamiliar with the game, the process is simple: players from around the world can log onto a “live” account to play as a team against other teams. Read More
At thirty years old, Elise Stefanik is the youngest woman to ever be elected to Congress. With her strong and assertive manner, the New York Republican has done her best to move beyond her past as a target of bullying. In a profile piece published in the New York Post, Stefanik reveals that in her youth she was the mark of “mean girls” who singled her our for being “too studious” and participating in classroom discussions. Read More
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 not alone. She started publishing entries from the diary she kept in middle school online, calling it The UnSlut Project. Read More
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. Read More
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 rainbows and smiles and wishing it were middle school again). Read More
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. Read More
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. Read More
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. Read More
  “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 models with somewhat gruesome visible wounds. Read More