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
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 It’s our job, whatever gender, to challenge those expectations, many of which are unhealthy and outdated.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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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