Part 1 of 3 The first time I saw “Killing Us Softly,” Dr. Jean Kilbourne’s take-down of the toxic, dehumanizing culture that surrounds women in advertising, it was 1996. I was a naïve sophomore at the University of Michigan who had been raised, above all, to be pretty – with Victoria’s Secret catalog pages and… Continue Reading →
2020 marks the 5-year anniversary of the #SayHerName campaign, and 6 years since the first #BlackLivesMatter call to action that would soon provoke global outcries and ignite a massive movement against violence and systemic racism towards Black people. Both of these movements were dreamed up, shaped, and brought to life by Black women, and by… Continue Reading →
Let the girls tell it for themselves! We asked eighth graders at Julia Morgan School for Girls in Oakland, CA what they thought of their About-Face Education Into Action Lab.
We’re pretty excited over here at About-Face to share a brand-new video, “Digging In with About-Face”, where badass women sit on a couch, eat, laugh, and rant and rave about current media and culture issues.
Oh Shrill, how we love thee! This week, we watched all 6 episodes, and this show earned its spot in our Gallery of Winners for its awesome, real body positivity — with a funny, sharp attitude. Read more in our Gallery of Winners and contact the makers of Shrill to tell them you want more!
So what do we think about this whole Serena Williams thing? Was she justified to be upset or was she being a sore loser? First, she wore a special “catsuit” created to prevent blood clots (which had almost killed her) in the French Open. This was rejected by French Open officials, who started “One must… Continue Reading →
On Wednesday, November 30, About-Face interns Kianna and Colleen took to Market St. in downtown San Francisco to protest a disturbing and sexually predatory Calvin Klein ad. At the center of the action was a blown-up poster of the ad which shows an up-skirt shot of a young-looking model with text that reads, “I flash… Continue Reading →
“Leadership skills” are great, says Lyn Mikel Brown, but intergenerational activist work is better for girls’ development and health. This is the animating philosophy behind Brown’s new book, Powered by Girl: A Field Guide for Supporting Youth Activists (Beacon Press, 2016). In it, Brown gives an in-depth view of the potential benefits of progressive… Continue Reading →
Contrary to the belief of the fashion industry, the average American woman is not 5’11” with measurements that befit starving children. However, the mannequins used to display the clothes they are attempting to sell still have those proportions. I look up at them every day, styled so carefully and tastefully, extra-small shorts trying to grasp… Continue Reading →