Posts tagged representation matters
Intersectional Feminism 101: TERFs Excluded

It isn’t simply enough to demonize and imprison trans individuals who after being left unprotected by their own government, are still violently silenced from the American narrative. On a daily basis, trans people are forced to prove their identities (whether medically or socially), face economic and legal discrimination, and live with the very real threat of murder.

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No, Craig, You Don't Need To Know Where To Buy A Straight Pride Flag

Imagine dying to be oppressed so badly that you ignore the fact that people literally died under this oppression. Additionally, by trying to lay claim to a struggle that either isn’t yours or doesn’t even exist, you completely invalidate the experiences and emotions of those around you.

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What One Tabloid Article Can Teach Us About The Degradation Of Porn Stars In Media

hat sex workers sell is not their bodies but a service and/or art. Broadway actors get paid for their physically straining labor, and it is not expected that they continue to portray their characters once they leave the stage. Massage therapists are not expected to provide other services besides massage. Why is it that the presumption of freely accessible sexuality for public consumption is placed on sex workers?


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Cult Of Bigoted Meryl Streeps

Lack of representation in the media is outstandingly harmful to the self-esteem and growing self-image of marginalized youth. It promotes depression, crushes aspirations, and encourages harmful discrimination in greater society. It’s bad and needs to improve.

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The Queerbaiting Trap (And How To Avoid It)

Now, I’m not arguing to have every mainstream television character be a queer one, although that would definitely provide some interesting conversation and enlightening entertainment. Television networks and executives: do better. One token queer couple will not suffice. I’m not interested in you checking off your social justice boxes, eager to prove to your audiences that you really are as diverse and intersectional as you claim to be.

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The Great Barbie Debate: 1959 to 2016

As of 2016, the debate has continued even further, with Mattel unveiling new Barbie dolls in three new body shapes -- petite, tall and curvy -- with seven options of skin tone. The new body types have the potential to impact both girls’ and boys' expectations of body image, says Florence Williams, a visiting scholar at George Washington University's public health school and author of Breasts: A Natural and Unnatural History.

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Getting 'Hot & Bothered': Interview With Creator Leah Byrd On Her Web Series About A QTPOC Dating App That Transforms The Midwest

Byrd stars as our down-to-earth hero Liz, who acknowledges that there isn’t a dating app that caters specifically to QTPOC. She then creates and launches the app SCZR, the “lesbian Grindr”, and soon finds that it has opened the (closet) door for an entire community that had previously been excluded. Hot & Bothered matches the authenticity and slapstick humor of Broad City with Byrd’s knack for capturing just what it means to be young, queer, and out of sync with your hometown.

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A Fair and Lovely World: How History Has Shaped Modern Beauty Standards

While the term “colorism” may be modern, the idea isn’t. It’s been going on for centuries, ever since the division of labor in structured societies created jobs that required more exposure to the sun, creating the split between tan workers and pale aristocrats. Here began the association between status and skin color.

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Gender Assigned Items: A Roadblock to Embracing Your Gender

Within the U.S., the same gender-based stereotypes have existed for decades; they say women are fragile creatures with an affection for flowers, pink, dolls and cute things. Alternatively, men have always been branded the stronger, tougher of the two genders with appreciation for woodsy activities, cars, blues and greens. Stereotypes reinforce the idea that people must conform to one of the two binary genders, male and female, and the assigning of gender to hygiene products and toys only reinforces this in only providing two choices.  

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