Real Women Have Curves: Not

(Image Credit: Iordani)

(Image Credit: Iordani)

Sure, “real women have curves.” But some real women don’t have curves. And that’s okay, but saying that women are only “real” if they fit one body stereotype or another is completely not okay. In fact, it’s entirely hypocritical and it isn’t helping improve the situation on either side of the spectrum whatsoever. Continue reading

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What It Means To Be A ‘Real Woman’

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(Image Credit: Shock)

I previously wrote an article on what it means to be a “real man.” The media defines “real men” differently than I do, and depending on the culture that we’re raised in, that definition will vary to some degree. Ultimately the gist was, men are faced with enormous pressure to embody traits of “masculinity” that are damaging to themselves and their relationships with others. The same is also true for women. It’s our job, whatever gender, to challenge those expectations, many of which are unhealthy and outdated. Continue reading

Ashleeeybash: My reaction to Hollaback! Collaborating with ModCloth

(Image Credit: Ashley Bulayo / The Daily Quirk)

(Image Credit: Ashley Bulayo / The Daily Quirk)

We’ve all, in one way or another, experienced street harassment, and it’s so annoying. Enough is enough. When I found this little email in my inbox, I jumped at the thought of it and figured this would be great to really talk openly about because I’ve experienced it and it’s not fun. At all. Let me hear your stories down below! Continue reading

Hollaback! and ModCloth take on street harrassment

(Image Credit: ModCloth)

(Image Credit: ModCloth)

As you may or may not know, I run my own YouTube channel and I feature one specific thing on Fridays: fashion. So, when I was approached with this opportunity to write about this topic regarding street harassment and “dressing for yourself,” I was all for it. Continue reading

Entertainment’s Unruly Women: Sophia Burset of ‘Orange is the New Black’

Laverne Cox as Sophia Burset in ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK (Image Credit: Netflix

Laverne Cox as Sophia Burset in ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK (Image Credit: Netflix

Welcome back to the Unruly Women series! Recently, we took a look at Joan Holloway from Mad Men, an ultra sassy, forward-thinking businesswoman of the 1960s. Today, we’re jumping forward to the 21st century to another groundbreaking female character: Sophia Burset (Laverne Cox) from Orange is the New Black. Continue reading

Entertainment’s Unruly Women: Joan Holloway of ‘Mad Men’

Christina Hendricks as Joan Holloway in MAD MEN (Image Credit: AMC)

Christina Hendricks as Joan Holloway in MAD MEN (Image Credit: AMC)

With the second half of the final season of Mad Men already in full swing, it’s about time we reflect back on our most-loved and most-hated characters of the show. There’s no doubt that much has changed since Season 1. Our beloved Bert Cooper has tragically passed away, along with partner Lane Price who offed himself in his Sterling Cooper & Partners office of all places. Roger and Don, our two remaining partners, have replaced the other half of the SC&P partnership with Pete and (more importantly) Joan! Continue reading

Actors declare themselves feminists, we declare that they rock!

Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Image Credit: Gage Skidmore)

Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Image Credit: Gage Skidmore)

Feminism is on the rise in Hollywood. Between Patricia Arquette’s rousing Oscars acceptance speech (which earned a cheer from Meryl Streep!) and Emma Watson’s HeforShe campaign, the time has come for Hollywood’s actors to stand up in solidarity for gender equality. Here are some who are joining the likes of Tina Fey, Shailene Woodley, Amy Poehler, Viola Davis and others. Continue reading

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The More Explicit, The Better? Eroticism and Women in Young Adult Fiction

The more explicit, the better. At least, that’s what seems to be the widely accepted rule when it comes to fiction today. Television shows are getting less censored, movies are pushing their ratings to R and, my favorite of the trifecta, novels, are going more and more in depth in describing life’s most intimate moments. Continue reading

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The Power of a Tall Woman: Eliminate the ‘Tall Woman Stigma’ and Own up to Being Your Sexy Self

Gwendoline Christie (Image Credit: Venturelli/Getty Images for Johnnie Walker Gold Label)

Gwendoline Christie (Image Credit: Venturelli/Getty Images for Johnnie Walker Gold Label)

For some women, being tall can have a negative impact on your self-esteem. In the female universe, there seems to be a stigma about tall women or actually being a tall woman and how unsettling it sometimes can be. Some of the many rumors that inflate the stigma include:  men are intimidated by taller women, being a tall woman is a sign of brawniness or overbearingness, and the classic “I can’t wear heels. I’m too tall!” Continue reading

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What drives us apart? Thoughts on Diversity in Public Schools

School Desks (Image Credit: DCJohn)

School Desks (Image Credit: DCJohn)

I was lucky to attend one of the most diverse public high schools in the country. On paper, anyway. But the actual experience was not what I expected. I was shocked to see the way the students segregated themselves. Passing through the entrance to my school was like stepping into a completely different decade. If you asked me to, I could actually compose a map of all the different ethnic territories on our campus. Ironically, the hallways of my high school were adorned with words like ‘Empathy,’ ‘Compassion,’ ‘Acceptance’ and ‘Respect,’ although these were the very qualities our school was desperately lacking. Witnessing such an extreme degree of self-inflicted segregation always made me wonder what drives us apart. Why do we separate ourselves from people just because we’re different? Why are we so set on sustaining these divides? We need to find effective ways of embracing and accepting each other’s differences instead of distancing ourselves because of them. Continue reading

Aerie Real Campaign (Image Credit: American Eagle)

How ‘real’ is Aerie’s ‘real’ model campaign?

Aerie Real Campaign (Image Credit: American Eagle)

Aerie Real Campaign (Image Credit: American Eagle)

A twelve-paneled LED billboard featuring young girls with fat rolls, stretch marks, and scars in the middle of Times Square? That’s what you could be looking at pretty soon because American Eagle has just launched its Aerie ‘real’ model campaign in an effort to challenge unrealistic supermodel standards for young women. “What you see is what you get,” declared Aerie brand representative, Jenny Altman, on Good Morning America.

But while I commend AE’s efforts to take a step in the right direction, let’s be honest, is this really ‘real’? Looking at the girls featured on Aerie, it seems to me and many other women that they’re all still identically slim, toned and identically just as gorgeous. Continue reading

Lady Gaga (Image Credit: Peter Cruise)

One Big Step Back for Feminism? Celebrity stances on the ‘F-Word’…

Lady Gaga (Image Credit: Peter Cruise)

Lady Gaga (Image Credit: Peter Cruise)

Why is society so scared of feminism? Female celebrities have been reluctant to identify as such, largely because of misconceptions of what feminism is, which contribute vastly to the negativity surrounding it. This aversion to the word has been undoing many dedicated efforts of feminists before us. Rosie the Riveter would hang her head in shame. However, I believe society would celebrate and relish feminism, if we just knew what it meant. Continue reading

Period Power Tee (Image Credit: American Apparel)

American Apparel’s Pushing the Envelope with the Period Tee

Censored Image of the "Period Power Tee" (Image Credit: American Apparel)

Censored Image of the “Period Power Tee” (Image Credit: American Apparel)

Looking for period power? American Apparel gives it to you in a tee. 100% cotton, 100% controversy (Check out the uncensored shirt image here).

The argument is that the portrayal of menstruation is a call for people to respect and redefine a “perfect” female body. I’ll cut to the chase and say that I think Petra Collins’ own drawing is great- but the medium she chose to deliver it through? Not so much. Continue reading

Thigh Gap (Image Credit: Rui Santos)

The Unhealthy Quest for a Thigh Gap

Thigh Gap (Image Credit: Rui Santos)

Thigh Gap (Image Credit: Rui Santos)

It’s becoming more and more apparent that “the gap” is the root of all evil in the beauty industry. Not the clothing store Gap (although some may actually feel that way), but rather, the absolutely insane new obsession with having a “thigh gap”. For those unfamiliar, a “thigh gap” refers to exactly what it sounds like, a gap or space between your inner thighs. Continue reading