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The un-American weight-loss story

Once upon a time, there was a Milwaukee photographer named Julia Kozerski. At 25, she was classified as morbidly obese. She made healthy lifestyle changes and lost 160 pounds. And lived happily ever after as a weight loss success in her svelter shape, right? Wrong. Julia Kozerski began documenting her weight-loss journey in one of… Continue Reading →

The Mindy Project: unoriginal, yet unprecedented

Sassy, successful single seeks soulmate? Been there. Seen that. The Mindy Project? Let’s just say it’s complicated. Don’t get me wrong, I love Mindy Kaling. Her book Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? was delightful. It was relatable, smart, funny, and quietly empowering in its own way. Her audiobook version was pure gold. That’s why… Continue Reading →

Barney’s + Disney = Scary-skinny makeovers

High-end retail department behemoth Barney’s New York announced its holiday collaboration with The Walt Disney Company, wherein our beloved characters get the “runway treatment” (Read: slimmed to scary proportions). The front runners? A truly Skinny Minnie, a drastically dieted-down Daisy Duck, hipster Goofy, and more irritatingly altered versions of the iconic clan. In the short… Continue Reading →

The Price Is Right: Equal opportunity objectifier?

TV’s longest-running game show is boldly breaking sexist barriers by announcing its plan to hire its first-ever male model. That’s it. Just one. The Price Is Right has announced its plans to hold a male model search as part of a five-episode web series where contestants are judged on their verbal skills, posing proficiency, and… Continue Reading →

Not-so-breaking news: Women more likely to be dismembered in our minds

New research confirms that sexual objectification of females is closer to the camp of knee-jerk neural responses rather than feminist fabrication. A recent study published in the European Journal of Social Psychology revealed that both male and female brains are more likely to disassemble the bodies of women, processing them in pieces rather than wholes…. Continue Reading →