Going Vertical – An Interview With Pole Dancer Jillian Wilschke

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We discovered Jillian Wilschke completely by accident – but we’re so glad we did! We stumbled across her pole dancing blog – Pole Geek – and were immediately inspired. Starting pole in 2011, Jillian has now worked her way up to competitive pole dancing while establishing her own fantasy wear line. We caught up with...+

How Abusers Get Away With Murder

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I recently spotted this short Upworthy article titled The 4 Terrifying Dating Secrets Abusers Are Counting On You Not Knowing. The article highlights a GIF set from Leslie Morgan Steiner’s TED Talk, “Why Domestic Violence Victims Don’t Leave.” In the four GIFs, Steiner is shown saying the following: “I did not know that the first step...+

Why You Should Be Furious About The Jennifer Lawrence Nude Photo Leak

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It’s not the first time this has happened, and it unfortunately won’t be the last. Last weekend, an iCloud hack resulted in the release of several nude, sexually suggestive photos of female celebrities such as Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton,  Kirsten Dunst, Lea Michele, Ariana Grande, Victoria Justice Mary Elizabeth Winstead, teen Olympian sensation McKayla Maroney, Kim Kardashian,...+

Siren Phoenix Osceola: An Interview With A Plus-Size Model

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Siren Phoenix Osceola is a professional plus-size model based in Pennsylvania. She’s auditioned for America’s Next Top Model and been voted the 2013 Plus Model of the Year by the New York Fashion Association. Siren has already accomplished so much, but shows no sign of slowing down. Enjoy our interview with her and the breathtaking...+

ROAR: The game-changing safety device that’s going to keep women safe


What if there was a way to ensure that every woman could go through her life feeling secure and fearless? Imagine a world where women could go about their lives without having to consciously avoid unprovoked attacks or attention. Yasmine Mustafa wants to create that world. Last November, women throughout Philadelphia were shaken when a 29-year-old woman...+

Pakistani Woman Stoned to Death by Family for Marrying Man She Loved


In today’s already disturbing news I have stumbled upon recent news of a pregnant Pakistani woman who was “stoned to death” by her father and family for marrying the man she loved. Her name was Farzana Iqbal. “Farzana Iqbal was waiting for the High Court in the eastern city of Lahore to open when a group...+

Cosmetics Queen Battles Against Skin Bleaching


In the beauty industry so many people are pressured to have flawless skin, look a certain way, get up the employment chain through looks, and the horrible thought process of “looks are everything”. Looks are not everything. The heart and personality of people is what matters the most.  I recently read this article about skin bleaching. It...+

Middle School’s Ban Punishes The Victims


This week two separate schools made headlines for their absurd policies. A North Carolina elementary school told 9 year old Grayson Bruce that he was no longer allowed to wear his My Little Pony backpack to school because it was considered a “trigger for bullying.” School Officials were aware that Grayson was being physically and...+

Cameron Diaz Announces Release Of Body-Positive Book With Au Naturale Photo


It’s an exciting time for actress Cameron Diaz, and now she’s got us pumped as well! On December 11th, Cameron posted a smiling makeup-free photo of herself to her Instagram account, gushing about her new nutrition book, The Body Book: The Law of Hunger, the Science of Strength, and Other Ways to Love Your Amazing Body....+

The women of cosplay speak up: the creepiest thing they’ve heard while in costume


Women who cosplay, a performance art in which participants wear costumes and accessories to represent a specific character or idea, are often subject to harassment and sexist remarks. This isn’t news to any woman who has dressed up previously at a cosplay event. Thankfully, this is getting more attention outside of the cosplay community. Recently at a New York ComicCon, BuzzFeed asked female cosplayers to share...+

Meet the Designer and Plus size Models Who Just Made New York Fashion Week History

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New York Fashion Week, which started on September 4th, has begun and is already making headlines! On Friday, Cabiria designer Eden Miller made history with the first plus-size line – after ONLY 60 years of catwalks! Although the average American woman now wears a size 14, attractive plus-size fashions and models who can wear them are still hard...+

Facebook Reviews Systems After Site ‘Failed’ To Remove Domestic Violence Images

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As I stumbled across this article, I not only began to feel incredibly flabbergasted but upset and angry beyond words over the photos with such horrible quotes to them that encourage violence towards women. Quotes such as: “1/3 of women are physically abused, 2/3 of men aren’t doing their job.”   “Don’t wrap it and tap...+

Dustin Hoffman Breaks Down Crying Explaining Something That Every Woman Experiences

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“There are too many interesting women I have not had the experience to know in this life because I have been brainwashed.” By now you’ve probably either seen or heard about the video of Dustin Hoffman tearing up in an interview about the film “Tootsie”. This 3-minute video circulated ALL over the web, but if...+

Sexual Violence-The Dark Side Of The Revolution

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In this world there are so many countries where women are still belittled, valued less than the general population, beaten, raped, tortured, abused in many ways and to this day the countless fight for Women’s Rights continues. The Article states: “This week alone, 91 women became victims of sexual assault over four days during the...+

Culture wars: Why gay marriage and abortion have been ‘decoupled’


Politics and Religion with the conflicting parallels of homosexuals and abortion concludes to be an interesting ongoing debate for most of this country. In recent news, it is mentioned that acceptance of homosexuality has increased and the abortion issue still is a huge issue that may never be resolved. While it is great that finally...+

H&M Swimsuit Model Thinks Industry Needs More Plus Sizes


Plus size model Jennie Runk recently received lots of attention after posing in H&M ads for their swimwear campaign. Supporters praised the company for using a “normal looking” model. Runk used her new found fame to speak about her personal weight struggles growing up and how she wishes people would just stop using “plus size”...+

Victim of “Revenge Porn” Fights for Justice


Holly Jacobs suffered a four year nightmare at the hands of her ex-boyfriend after he uploaded intimate pictures and video onto “revenge porn” sites. After Holly started to date again intimate pictures and video began to show up on mutliple “revenge porn” sites. Accompanied with the pictures and video were Jacobs’ email, personal address, and...+

“Some things can’t be covered” – Saudi Arabia’s “No More Abuse” Campaign

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Earlier this week, Saudi Arabia released the above image from their first ever anti-domestic violence campaign. The caption reads  “Some things can’t be covered. Fighting women’s abuse together.” This image is a part of Saudi’s “No More Abuse” campaign, released by the King Khalid Foundation, with an outlined objective to “achieve justice for all women and...+

Victoria’s Secret Competition Winner Says She Felt Like a Piece of Meat


Victoria’s Secret Angel Search competition winner, Kylie Bisutti, is releasing an autobiography entitled “I’m No Angel” in which she talks about her experience working for Victoria’s Secret. Kylie reveals that she felt like a piece of meat while she posed in lingerie. She goes on to say that she felt like it wasn’t about the...+

NBA Cheerleader Called Chunky


Sports writer Claire Crawford, yes a woman, took to her blog after seeing a Oklahoma City Thunder game to comment on a cheerleader. Kelsey Williams, the cheerleader in question by Crawford, was called a pretty blonde with a pudgy waistline who was too chunky to be an NBA cheerleader. Crawford then goes on to say...+

Modeling Agency Looks for Talent Outside of Eating Disorder Treatment Center


A rehab center for eating disorders should be a private place where patients get the much-needed care and skills to lead a normal life. The largest Swiss rehab center accepts some of the sickest patients, those who need to be hospitalized because they are so thin. Unfortunately, they’ve had to deal with an usual issue...+

Body by Barbie


Rehabs.com, a site dedicated to drug, alcohol, and eating disorder treatment facilities, posted an amazing study about Barbie. The study shows how impossible it would be for someone with Barbie’s measurements to be able to function in life. Barbie’s neck would be twice as long and six inches thinner than a normal neck and incapable...+

Rapper Loses Endorsement Over Lyric


Rapper Rick Ross landed himself into some hot water when the single U.O.E.N.O was released. The track in question contains the lyric: “Put molly all in her champagne/she ain’t even know it/I took her home and I enjoyed that/she ain’t even know it.” Ross attempted to apologize when people stated their outrage over the lyric...+

Why Do We Accept Skewed Gender Portrayals in Media?


I recently came across an interesting article in HuffPost Books while scrolling through my twitter feed. Laura Santoro, Writer and Former Foreign Correspondent for HuffPost, explores an underlying reality in fiction; that female characters are more limited than their male counterparts. She writes: I came to a Child of God by Cormac McCarthy late in life...+

The long journey of becoming a Woman


Cosmopolitan Magazine isn’t really know for it’s hard hitting journalism. Most of the articles inside of Cosmo are about beauty, fashion, dating, and sex. Every so often however, they put out inspiring and beautiful stories about struggle and achievement. Recently they’ve published an article about Laura Jane Grace entitled My First Year as a Woman....+

Thin shouldn’t be an Insult!


Kendall Jenner, Kardashian younger sister, talked to Harper’s Bazaar Magazine Arabia about her fame, body issues, and super famous family. I will admit I’m not a fan of the Kardashian’s in general but Kendall makes a wonderful point in her interview. Jenner says that calling a person too skinny is just as hurtful and insulting...+

Loss and growing up


In today’s age, it’s great to be a woman. I consider it an honor. So many have dedicated their time and struggled to overcome the challenges of a male-dominated world. And for that I consider women to be blessed. To have the ability to be whatever I want is sweet bliss. Growing up without a...+