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In defense of the “before” girl

Date: January 20, 2015 | Posted By: Sasha
In some ways, I look like the “before” girl in romantic comedies. You know, the one with the frizzy hair and the chunky glasses? If only I would straighten my hair and take off my glasses, then I, too, could be beautiful! At least, so says romantic comedy logic. As Rachel Paige at Hello Giggles Continue reading


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Lesbians are girls, too: Why no one’s immune to media

Date: January 14, 2015 | Posted By: Tara M
I have a superpower. I am immune to the power of media. Yes, you heard me correctly. Bring on your Victoria’s Secret Fashion Shows and Hardee’s ads and watch their influence fall harmlessly away from me. For as a lesbian, I “do not care about the standards of beauty created for me by society.” Wait…what? Continue reading


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Bay Area: Catch ‘Alien She’ exhibit before it leaves town!

Date: January 10, 2015 | Posted By: Stacey
If you’re in the Bay Area, you won’t want to miss the Alien She exhibit at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (here until January 25, 2015). Curated by Astria Suparak and Ceci Moss, it is “the first exhibition to examine the lasting impact of Riot Grrrl on artists and cultural producers working today.” About-Facers sure Continue reading


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Prince Charming or Princess Charming?

Date: January 9, 2015 | Posted By: Krista
“Prince Charming” has been a universal idea throughout all our childhoods, and even adulthood. We may not call our significant others “Prince Charming,” but in many heterosexual relationships we see in media, the roles women play make it seem like we should. This kind of thinking crumples women’s minds, causing them to think they will be Continue reading


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Show some anger, Emma Watson!

Date: November 21, 2014 | Posted By: Siri
Is anyone else fed up with having to be nice and sweet to be accepted as a feminist? Anyone else tired of wrapping their feminist message in smiles and politeness? Well I am, and Emma Watson’s speech at the special event for the United Nation’s HeForShe campaign just confirmed my frustration. WHY OH WHY is it so Continue reading


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Now you can change your eye color!

Date: November 14, 2014 | Posted By: Kinga
Flipping through a high-fashion magazine (in my case the ever so glamorous Glamour), with a little bit of a media literacy lens, you automatically expect to see images of unrealistic looking women with unattainably smooth, flawless skin, silky, bouncy hair, and an absolutely “perfect body”. (I say that in quotation marks because there are millions Continue reading


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I’d like to award The Body Shop with Most Misleading Advertisement of the Year

Date: November 7, 2014 | Posted By: Caitlin
The poster features a young woman unapologetically holding a protest sign that demands, “DON’T RETOUCH ME.” At first glance, The Body Shop appears to solely be promoting its no-retouch policy and proclaimed opposition to unrealistic standards of beauty. Upon closer investigation, The Body Shop is actually reeling its audience in with a progressive message, only Continue reading


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To Rashida Jones: Here I am! One man’s perspective on the “Pornification of Everything”

Date: November 4, 2014 | Posted By: Jonathan
At the close of 2013, actress Rashida Jones wrote an article for Glamour magazine entitled “Why is Everyone Getting Naked? Rashida Jones on the Pornification of Everything”, in which she discusses pop stars and the trend of exposing as much of their bodies as possible. She talks about how, while she grew up with a healthy Continue reading


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You Gotta Fight for Your Right to Cosplay

Date: October 31, 2014 | Posted By: Kaity Gee
There are a million ways to be cruel and ignorant in geekdom, and Halloween is a riot for the exclusive boys’ club nerd culture has built. Cosplay, shorthand for “costume play,” is defined by Wikipedia as a “performance art in which cosplayers wear costume and fashion accessories to represent a specific character or idea that Continue reading


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Free The Nipple does more for women’s bodies than any push-up ever could

Date: October 22, 2014 | Posted By: Siri
A half-moon shaped incision was made and my nipple was flipped open. Then a slice of my breast was cut out, containing a tumor. It had to happen. The tumor was uncomfortable, at times painful, and without taking the whole thing out and analyzing it, cancer couldn’t completely be ruled out. I still think it’s Continue reading