Take a look at this TED talk from Meaghan Ramsey, about the larger personal and social impacts of making both women and men feel like pressured to conform to arbitrary, cultural standards of physical attractiveness. She examines the effect this has on girls–they don’t participate in class, or sometimes even come to class, on days when they’re not feeling confident […]continue reading
You can’t swing a stick without hitting a penis these days. Metaphorically, I mean. Think about it: everywhere you look on the Internet it’s Best Celebrity Bulges this and Top Dick Pics that. And of course, there’s poor Jon Hamm and his much-photographed “Little Hamm.” We should probably leave those two alone for a while.
“Do you have a Daddy complex?” Whoa. Two years ago, a former colleague asked me this question after I informed him that my boyfriend was 22 years my senior. The question, one part WTF sarcasm, one part innocent case of speaking-before-thinking, was ridiculous. To arrive at such a bizarre assumption—and to have the chutzpah to actually ask me about it—made […]
In third grade one of my schoolmates, who I’ll call Nancy, used to call me Blubber Girl. And I believed her. I felt massive, like a whale, a huge blubbery whale. Eventually, the teacher intervened. “How do you think Jenny feels when you say that, Nancy?” “I dunno.” “Jenny, how do you feel?” I want to die. Send me off to […]
Watching this film was excruciating, but I mean that in a good way. “Gett” is distressing by design, as it brings us along on the journey of an Israeli woman, Viviane, while she tries over the course of five harrowing years to obtain her husband’s permission to divorce him.
I am a cockblocker. On any given Friday or Saturday night at around 9 p.m., you will find many girls around campus preparing for battle. They suit up in their favorite cut-off shorts and crop tops, and consult plans and signals for facing a strong opponent that many have lost to before. They have alliances with females and maybe a […]
“A girl should be two things: who and what she wants.” – Coco Chanel It’s not hard to find meaning—both positive and negative—in the staged feminist protest orchestrated for the Chanel Spring 2015 runway show. The fashion-minded among us want it to be a brilliant political statement about the significance of feminism and its place in fashion and culture. But […]
by Lois Beckett ProPublica, Oct. 1, 2014, 12 p.m. This story was co-published with Mashable. In a highly unscientific but delicious experiment last weekend, 380 New Yorkers gave up sensitive personal information 2014 from fingerprints to partial Social Security numbers 2014 for a cookie. “It is crazy what people were willing to give me,” said artist Risa Puno, who conducted […]
San Francisco based filmmaker Kristin Tieche is currently hitting the festival circuit with her short film, The Spinster. We spoke with her about the film and it’s strong female protagonist. Tieche is also an avid cyclist whose blog, Velo Vogue is dedicated to cycling fashion. 1) What is The Spinster about? The Spinster is a short psychological thriller that follows a vixen […]
As a black woman, my heart bleeds for the Michael Browns, Trayvon Martins, Oscar Grants, Eric Garners, Ezell Fords and every other unarmed black man who will find himself at the end an officer’s gun barrel. As I see the names of slain black men in articles and the faces of the murder victims on t-shirts, I cannot stop myself from thinking that any one of […]
These past few weeks the stories making headlines have been troubling, to say the least. Domestic abuse, child abuse, messy divorces…these are heavy, heartbreaking issues. It’s not surprising that they draw our attention. What is surprising is that in many instances, the events are not only met with outrage, but with justifications, excuses, and even acceptance. Has lack of basic […]
by Paul Kiel, ProPublica, and Chris Arnold, NPR, Sep. 16, 2014, 5 a.m. This story was co-published with NPR. Like any American family living paycheck to paycheck, Conrad Goetzinger and Cassandra Rose hope that if they make the right choices, their $13-an-hour jobs will keep the lights on, put food in the fridge and gas in the car. We asked […]
by Lois Beckett ProPublica, Sep. 9, 2014, 1:16 p.m. The morning after the Sandy Hook shootings, Shannon Watts, a mother of five and a former public relations executive, started a Facebook page called “One Million Moms for Gun Control.” It proved wildly popular and members quickly focused on renewing the federal ban on military style assault weapons. “We all were […]
by Kylie Hastings Shortly after I found out I was pregnant with our second child my breast milk supplies began to diminish — the one in my breasts and the one in my freezer. Our daughter wanted to eat more and more and I had less and less to give her and it was heartbreaking. We were just two months […]