The graduated discount level says one thing: thinner is better. It leaves no room for people with higher BMIs to be viewed as fully functional, and reinforces the very much untrue cultural notion that fat automatically equals unhealthy. It creates a hierarchy based nearly entirely on BMI—the lower your BMI, the higher your discount…. Continue Reading →
When you look at today’s pop music scene, it’s easy to become discouraged. Women in song, in music videos, and on stage are expected to be oversexualized and Barbie-doll beautiful, and it seems as though talent has taken a backseat to sex appeal. But in this gloomy musical landscape, a few bright lights stand out…. Continue Reading →
Are you tired of your baby girl’s androgyny? Can’t wait for gender roles to really take a hold on your child and tell her what’s what? Well don’t worry, now you can do more than dress her in pink and hope for the best! With Baby Bangs, the hairpiece for baby girls, you can get… Continue Reading →
A previous version of this blog was posted on AAUW Dialog. The other morning I was chatting with Alli, my friend and colleague at the American Association of University Women (AAUW), about a recent posting she read on Feministing about female comic book and graphic novel characters. The post mentioned that while some argue that… Continue Reading →
When it comes to children, it can be very difficult to distinguish what is exploitative from what is innocent. If a certain pose signifies sexual provocation amongst adults, must that pose have the same meaning when created by a child? And how does this increasingly blurry territory affect how the judicial system defines child pornography?
I drink beer. I’m a woman. According to the Beer Institute, I’m not alone: women make up 25 percent of the beer market. Hmmm. Strange. Because most beer commercials I’ve seen recently either a) don’t include any women at all; or b) depict women solely as Barbie cheerleader types who serve men beverages.
The other day my friend and I were flipping through a recent Cosmopolitan magazine, and I was shocked by the comments coming out of my mouth: “She’s so skinny!” “Ew, what is she wearing?!” “Her eyes look weird!” With these exclamations, I was actually morphing into the person I despise–the person I imagine beauty magazines… Continue Reading →
A previous version of this blog was originally posted at tallanna.com. In 2009, a light bulb turned on. (I sure hope it was a CFL.) Someone in mainstream media — new or old, internationally or nationally — an editor, an assistant, maybe it was a PR rep, realized that “Oh hey! Not everyone is a… Continue Reading →
As one of the few successful female writers, directors, and producers in Hollywood, Nancy Meyers has been making movies for over 30 years. Her movies include many romantic comedies featuring middle-aged couples, such as Father of the Bride, Something’s Gotta Give, and the recent release, It’s Complicated. I’d always just thought of these movies as… Continue Reading →