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Brazilian graphic designer Carol Rossetti didn’t set out to start a movement. She didn’t set out to create an iconic series of illustrations. Her project started out as something deeply personal. In fact, it doesn’t even really have a name yet— for now her illustrations remain in Facebook albums entitled “WOMEN in english!” and “Mujeres en español!”  “It has always bothered me, the world's attempts ... Read More
In case you didn't know: Fat phobia is defined as a pathological fear of fatness. "America manages to champion terrible food while also hating fat people." I can distinctly remember a time when I realized that I had severe body issues. It was much earlier than you'd think.  I believe I was about 8 and the words of my fat phobic, uncaring father and my disturbed, anorexic, ignorant stepmother Linda played like a record in my head. "Don't eat that or you'll get ... Read More
In a world of Photoshop mania, beauty products galore and an onslaught of sexualized celebrity images, it is very difficult to look at one’s self and feel 100% confident. We, the regular folks, have bodies riddled with scars, stretch marks and other such "flaws." Our culture constantly informs us we aren’t supposed to have them, that our scars are gross despite the struggles they represent, and our stretch marks are proof we are fat rather than human ... Read More
Wonder Woman pretty much epitomizes the ‘strong, female character’ that is sadly rare in current media. She battles bad guys (and gals), she is confident, and she is a powerful person. Basically, she is a wonderful feminist role model.  Or not.  David Finch, the artist who is taking over the drawing of the DC Comics hero, recently said that he wants the heretofore feminist icon to be “strong.”  But ... Read More
Last month, feminist group The Kilroys released THE LIST.  There are three qualifications which a play must fulfil in order to be eligible for THE LIST. It “must have been 1.) unproduced or have had only a single professional production 2.) by an author who identifies as female and 3.) among the most excellent seen or read by the industry professional within the previous twelve months.”  Released last month, THE LIST offers a positive ... Read More
Carleigh O'Connell is a teenage girl from New Jersey. She had heard from some of her classmates that there was something at her local beach making fun of her butt and body shape. She went down to see and found the words ‘Carleigh’s ASS’ spray-painted onto the concrete. Most teen girls (myself included) probably would have gone home and cried if something like this happened to them, but not Carleigh. According to her mother’s Facebook post ... Read More
For the long Memorial Day weekend, I took a break from my hectic Brooklyn lifestyle to go home and visit my family in the suburbs upstate. I expected five days of lounging outside, with two pugs draped over me and lots of barbeque, but what I got was an intervention from my family. No, I’m not addicted to drugs or alcohol or any dangerous vice; I’ve just gotten fat. I need to provide you with a smidge of background info for this story. I’ve always been ... Read More
Well, patriarchy, you’ve done it again! The emergence of yet another gender-based double standard has recently been illuminated by the blatant and callous fat-shaming of world renowned opera singer, Tara Erraught. The Irish mezzo-soprano sang Octavian in the Strauss Opera “Der Rosenkavalier” at the Glyndebourne Festival on Saturday night, and this was certainly not her first time at the rodeo. Tara is one of the few emerging artists to capture ... Read More
The Maya Rudolph Show is like being kicked in the face with a sparkly tap shoe, and I want more. Maya Rudolph, long-time former SNL cast member and star of the hit movie Bridesmaids, said in an interview with Seth Meyers, "Young folks have probably never experienced the joys of corny but wonderful but grand, feather boas and sparkles and people singing songs and telling corny jokes but guests dropping in and stopping by…" True, I don't think I have ... Read More
Warning: This post may not be safe for work. Images of idealized beauty permeate most of the media we consume, and it has for hundreds of years; throughout decades dominated by shifting aesthetics and beauty standards, the idea of the attractive female has taken numerous forms. Titian’s reclining Venus, for example, is shaped differently from the fashion models of today’s ad campaigns, and African diasporic art offers yet another ideal. More often ... Read More
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