Want a leg up on being beautiful? It’s all about the thigh (gaps)

I’m sorry, but did you know that there are Tumblr pages dedicated to praising thigh gaps? That’s right, I’m taking about sites that catalog and pay homage to photos of women whose legs do not touch above the knees. And it doesn’t end there. On Twitter, “#ThighGap” is often listed with other problematic tags like “#soclosetoperfection”… Continue Reading →

Kids want to see heroic female protagonists

This article was originally published by Margot Magowan on her blog, Reel Girl. Yesterday, I posted about A Mighty Girl’s news that kids’ underwear with female superheroes on it sold out. I also posted about a dad shopping with his 5-year-old daughter who complained about the lack of cool female characters on clothing. He bought his daughter boys’… Continue Reading →

In praise of female celebrity role models

I think we’re due for a piece full of praise. A high school English teacher in Chicago, Ashley Lauren Samsa, shared on Bitch magazine’s website a list of positive female role models in pop culture, as drafted up by her students. She wrote, “The list is a good insight into what interests teen girls these… Continue Reading →

Kia’s new ad gives a refreshing look at “The Woman and Man of Now”

As we’ve discussed here on About-Face.org, car companies are not known for their progressive, non-sexist advertising. But the new Australia Kia advertisement breaks the mold, presenting two separate ads (one starring a woman and one starring a man) that offer alternative perspectives on stereotypical gender roles. The “Woman of Now” ad features a woman in business… Continue Reading →

Disney makes amends for fat-shaming exhibit, promotes healthy living

Well, here’s some good news we like to report! Last March, About-Face covered a horrific story about a fat-shaming exhibit Disney opened in Epcot, “Habit Heroes.” The exhibit was an interactive game in which children used virtual candy, cakes, and ice cream to combat overweight “villains,” spurred on by the physically superior “heroes,” Will Power… Continue Reading →