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  On her 32nd birthday, Beth Whaanga was diagnosed with breast cancer; valiantly fighting back against the illness, she asked her friend, the photographer Nadia Masot, to take portraits of her nude body after a double mastectomy and hysterectomy as part of Under the Red Dress, a project designed to spread awareness about regular breast and pectoral examination. The beautiful series of images features Whaanga, a mother of four, gazing fixedly at the camera, ... Read More
  In this week of Facebook lookbacks and overall viral nostalgia, it’s becoming clear that much of our public persona is expressed through the internet, whether we like it or not. So it reasons that we should have all the tools available to make our social media presence as true to ourselves as we wish. This is part of why Facebook’s announcement today is so meaningful: in addition to “Male” and “Female” settings, people ... Read More
  “When you publish content or information using the public setting, it means you are allowing everyone, including people off of Facebook, to access and use that information, and to associate it with you (i.e., your name and profile picture).” Those words, taken from Facebook’s Statement of Rights, serve as inspiration behind the photographer Jenna Garrett’s ongoing series The Public Profile of an American Girl. As part of a larger ... Read More
  A few days ago, the Facebook page Plus Size Modeling asked the social network this question: “Should you companies start making Plus Sized Barbie dolls?” For those in favor, the page offers the “like” button; those against the toy are encouraged to comment. Accompanying the question is a Photoshopped illustration of a potential plus-sized Barbie (one that does not exist), wearing the familiar pink halter dress and sporting ... Read More
  After a recent rape trial divided the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, VA, the English and psychology student Hannah Boes took action to combat the pervasive rape culture that often persists on college campuses. She founded William & Mary Stands With Survivors, an online catalog of photographs “dedicated to showcasing allies who support sexual assault survivors and refuse to perpetuate rape culture, or the attitudes that normalize ... Read More
  Oh dear! We knew there were the occasional individuals who outspokenly refuse to date members of a certain race, but new research suggests that race plays a significant role in who people choose to date. The dating app Are You Interested recently performed a study in which they compared numbers on who picks whom as a romantic prospect based on racial identity. And the results are what some are calling "weirdly racist."   According to their data, most ... Read More
  With the availability internet porn, social networking sites, and dating apps, modern teens have more ways to communicate sexual desires to one another. Dating apps like Tinder enable kids to meet one another for the purpose of “hooking up.” Some teens send nude pictures or masturbate together over video. Because of these technologies, sex is no longer forbidden or mysterious for many teens. While this tech-sexual revolution is absolutely ... Read More
Hornet Signs, a Waco Texas based printing company, should probably start looking for a new advertising director. As a promotion for their products, the company printed a decal that featured a woman, bound and tied, curled up in the bed of a pick up truck. The image of a blonde woman in jeans, her hands bound and tied, hair obscuring her face, was placed on the back of a Hornet employee’s pick up truck to showcase how realistic the company’s signs look. ... Read More
[Reposted with permission from  JessicaGottlieb.com ] Here's an amazing letter to teenage girls that was written in response to the now-viral post, FYI (if you're a teenage girl). Dear girls, By now you’re probably aware that Mrs. Hall thinks you’re a dirty slut who can’t be Facebook friends with her sons. By now you’ve probably been told 93,872 times in your life that The Internet is Forever and you should never ever post ... Read More
  It all started with a vagina. Earlier this spring, a Facebook support group directed towards moms posted a picture of an anatomically correct vulva. The group boasted a readership of around 22,000, and the image was clearly meant for education, empowerment, and advocacy. It fell in line with the other discussion topics on Motherwise – which writes about “breastfeeding, parenting issues, and birthing options,” as well as serving as a ... Read More
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