The Proteus effect, the influence of virtual and digital identities over offline behavior, has been studied mostly in boys: “Does video game violence encourage boys to be more aggressive in real life?” But Stanford University just published a new study in Computers and Human Behavior that examines the effects of online role-playing and avatars on girls, and it turns out that virtual representations of women can be harmful to young women’s ... Read More
Lena Dunham, a lady known for her touching comedy and on-screen lack of clothing, is penning a new comedy based on a woman who dresses people for a living. Betty Halbreich, Bergdorf Goodman’s personal shopper, is 85 years old and has been working with the most applauded fashionistas for decades. The women joined one another in a panel at the New Yorker Festival last Sunday, and their chemistry is undeniable. They joke about everything from girdles to jeans ... Read More
Lulu's proud mom
Lulu has openly identified as female since the age of four, and now at six, she has her paperwork in her corner. Her native Argentina passed a law last year allowing legal documents to reflect preferred gender pronouns without doctor and judge approval, and she is the first Argentinian minor to have changed her legal gender identity from "male" to “female.”
Her birth certificate bears the name ... Read More
When I was a preteen, I was busy riding my pony and studying geometry. Thirteen-year-old Sushma Verma has a very different early teenage life. The girl, living in Lucknow, India, just earned her undergraduate degree and is enrolled in a master’s program for microbiology.
Her story gets even more amazing. Her family is relatively impoverished, and she lives with her parents and three siblings in a one-room apartment. The do not have a ... Read More
Australian Surfer Stephanie Gilmore in Roxy Promo
The surf clothing brand Roxy recently released a promotional video starring female surfer Stephanie Gilmore. Instead of the expected shots of wave-riding and mind-blowing athleticism, the ad features Gilmore rolling around in bed in a pair of navy undies, showering, and getting dressed. It even includes a shot that focuses only the athlete’s breasts.
Never one to shy away from a challenge, Cori ... Read More