The breast and brightest: your guide to great cosplay

Once again, there was a ton of amazing cosplay at this year’s Comic-Con in San Diego. From kiddie superheroes, to frightening zombies, to favorite video game characters, to lesser known heroes and villains, to pop icons, like Princess Belle and Doctor Who, there was a lot to choose from if you wanted to get an… Continue Reading →

Retailers embrace body diversity like it’s NBD

Recently, there has been an interesting spate of retailers using a diverse range of body types to model their clothing. It’s not like we haven’t seen this in the past, but usually the advertiser or magazine editorial will make a point of it, like: “Look at us! We’re being soooo amazingly inclusive! Aren’t we cutting-edge?”… Continue Reading →

All bi-myself: bi-erasure in the media

About a month ago, I came across this article at Huffington Post. Disregard the actual article for a moment and check out the slideshow at the bottom: “Celebrity LGBT Families.” I clicked through the pictures and was surprised to find that the final two were about bisexual women. As a bisexual woman myself, who is… Continue Reading →

App Camp For Girls: building confidence and iPhone apps

App Camp for Girls is redefining the common image of a software developer. Step aside, guys. The new faces of software development are middle school girls. And the future will look a lot less typical. Summer camp here is less crafts and s’mores, more design interfaces and Xcode. Instructed and mentored by successful female designers… Continue Reading →

Can we stop trying to define “real beauty?”

By now, we’re probably all familiar with Dove’s “Real Beauty” campaign – in which the company showcases and celebrates “real bodies and real curves,” aiming to expand the definition of beauty and boost women’s self-esteem. Just take this picture on the left, for example – the familiar lineup of thin, lithe models is contrasted against… Continue Reading →

Narcissism in numbers: what our sizes say about us

I’ve felt that all-too-familiar terror of walking into a store and wondering what size I’m going to be this time around, or worse, if anything will fit at all. There’s a bit of buzz right now in the media around “vanity sizing” or “size inflation.” Vanity sizing refers to the trend of clothing measurements getting… Continue Reading →