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Many women have a love/hate relationship with the media. We grow up with it, are practically raised by it in some cases, and come of age looking to the media for clues as to the type of people, the type of women, we should become. According to the current beauty standards, the type of woman we should aspire to be is thin, white, wealthy and able-bodied. The most pervasive of those expectations in fashion magazines, at least, is thinness--we see it everywhere. ... Read More
File this under Reasons Why Rachel Maddow is the Dreamiest. On yesterday's Meet the Press, MSNBC's First Lady of political commentary sat down with Hilary Rosen, Alex Castellanos, and Cathy McMorris Rodgers to discuss the political climate and policy formation of the current administration while examining Romney's Republican campaign. This video is maybe the clearest example I've seen of the total breakdown of communication between the parties in this election. ... Read More
And Ann Romney continued to prove just how out of touch she is with the American public when she said at the Connecticut Republican Party’s Prescott Bush Awards Dinner, “I love the fact that there are also women out there that don’t have a choice and they must go to work and they still have to raise the kids.” Repeat: “I love the fact that there are also women out there that don’t have a choice” This is coming from the ... Read More
Foreign Policy magazine’s “Sex Issue” has been under the spotlight for the past few days, and not for the reason you might expect. Magazines titled “The Sex Issue” usually celebrate having sex and active sexualities – but not this one. This sex issue aims to consider “how and why sex –in all the various meanings of the word – matters in shaping the world's politics.” Fair enough. But this seemingly noble ... Read More
He Who Shall Not Be Named questioned Hillary Clinton's validity after she was named one of TIME's most influential people. This is her 6th time to make the list and her second time to be honored for her work as Secretary of State. It's well-earned, too, considering to date she has spent 1,647.4 hours (that's 68.6 days) traveling to 95 countries on behalf of our nation.   I won't go into the blatant misogyny behind his immature claims that "all she is  is ... Read More
Ads like the hilariously sleazy one above are sadly common in print advertising, which loves to position women in degrading scenarios that, 9 times out of 10, have absolutely nothing to do with the product being sold. In 2002, Scott A. Lukas, a college professor, created the Gender Ads Project, a website that analyzes women's roles in advertising, with nearly 4,000 examples. The project breaks down the ads into different categories, ... Read More
  Traveling the world for free sounds too good to be true. I've got a list of destinations I would give just about anything to see: the pyramids in Egypt, the Taj Mahal in India, the nightclubs of Berlin. And apparently there are people who would like to take me there...? New 'online dating' site Miss Travel seeks to pair 'generous travelers' with 'attractive travelers' and send them on the trip of a lifetime. The website boasts, "Miss Travel was built to ... Read More
At a recent dinner hosted by publishing company Penguin Books and clothing brand Whistles, Whistles CEO Jane Shepherdson stated that it was time for the fashion industry to “reclaim feminism.” Her point is well taken: the fashion industry is one of the few that is dominated by women, yet it is rarely regarded as a feminist industry.This idea got me thinking about the nature of the fashion industry and women’s interest in clothing in general. ... Read More
  2012 has seen no shortage of invasive legislation that seeks to curtail women's rights. Arizona, Virginia, and Capitol Hill have all been battlegrounds in this year's fight for women's equality. It's easy to sit back, feeling overwhelmed by the political climate in this country, especially when legislators are trying to take away the basic rights feminists fought for decades ago. It's easy to think the odds are stacked against us. It's easy to talk smack ... Read More
Ladies: Don’t you love it when you're on your way to work or the hardware store, or just taking a relaxing stroll on a nice day, and someone approaches you to express his desire to boink you? You don’t? Me neither! Instead of using your just-purchased screwdriver to dole out some street justice, you may soon be able to use a new iPhone app to deal with these annoying a-holes. NY Daily News reports that NY City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and ... Read More
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