As the men, the writers at the newspaper we learn, belittle Nancy as Jonathon gets off free, it is concerning that we are less bothered by the blatant reality we see today on and off the tv screen. We even watch Jonathon witness his girlfriend sinking and with shallow affirmation, tells her to “buck up,” and “they’ll warm up to you.”Read More
There are mentions of things like privilege, gender expression, the spectrum of sexuality, but these are shown more than anything else. They don’t need to be mentioned as much because this is a show that truly centers those narratives and values, and that’s what I want to see.Read More
What does it mean to be soft? Ultra-hot, vulnerable, melting in the mouth. Disappearing. I think of that girl, in that moment, and the weight follows me home: into the kitchen, into bed. Where else do women go?Read More
What I definitely know is that we don’t want to see diversity for the sake of checking an arbitrary box. We want it because it’s what exists in the real world, and we want to see that reflected, as opposed to ignored or erased.
I have had countless people who say they support the LGBTQ+ community tell me that bisexuality isn’t real. But then what does the ‘B’ in LGBTQ+ stand for?Read More
The sense that Baroque art gives you is the sense of reaffirmation, that you somehow relate to the drama presented in mythological allusions. That the light and the dark can intertwine so perfectly, and that consistency might not be your strong suit and that is okay.Read More
Even though this discussion was a product of my admittedly problematic shopping addiction, the fact of the matter is representation is one of many micro-level battles for equality, and one of the few that is entirely within reach!Read More
In THE GiRLS ROOM, Marissa Contelmo alters the common uses of feminine accessories and products to highlight the vanity and secrecy surrounding their use.Read More
The brand has become ubiquitous across the world, but is also heavily associated with photoshopped images and overwhelming body negativity. Their catalogs and brand images often depict women without stretch marks, blemishes, birthmarks or any extra weight. What follows this refusal to depict reality? A plethora of young girls struggling with issues of identity and self-image.Read More
Through memorable messages, such as this, advertisement teams can prescribe to young impressionable consumers that sarcasm, simpleness, coolness, and sexyness exist in seperate realms, when in reality you can be all of these things, and you should have the capability to do so and not feel like any lessRead More
The emergence of plus-sized models and larger mannequins strewn at the entrance of Target and other stores is a step in the right direction. All shapes and sizes should be represented in all brands, especially everyday, affordable ones but as of now, that’s still not the case.Read More
I can think of literally two books that I read in high school by black people, and only one by a black woman. And that woman, the all-mighty Toni Morrison, reminded me how fulfilling it is to hear from a familiar perspective, to actually feel a part of that work.Read More
What seems like a commonplace thing to say today would have been radical in the early 1990’s.Read More
When we teach young girls that women in power positions are narcissistic and unattractive, then we enforce gender norms and perpetuate systems of oppression.Read More
Despite a fratty, truly non- impartial, and hot-headed nominee creeping up the ladder to the end point of Supreme Court Justice, there are three strong, powerful women that will be sitting right next to him and numerous representatives who will be fighting against everything he has been accused of.
Their school’s dress code cites “restrictions on hair extensions” as the rationale for punishment -- claiming they are a distraction -- yet, when I went to a predominantly white high school, the many white girls who surely wore hair extensions were never sent home for having them, and I’m sure the thought never crossed their minds. Of course, they needn’t worry, because hair extensions themselves aren’t being policed, the black bodies beneath them are.Read More
We think our news sources are thoroughly vetted and entirely trustworthy. This is not the era of relief and instinctual trust in our democracy or our news outlets. It is an era rampant with the vestiges of Orwellian paranoia. Our democracy stands on shaky pillars and loose foundations.