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Feminspire | April 23, 2014

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Young women discuss body image, struggles and acceptance.

Can Lupita Nyong’o’s Lancôme Campaign Help End Colorism?

April 11, 2014 | Keziyah Lewis | 2 Comments

Whether it’s her charm, beauty, talent, and grace, or her fortitude for shining on the red carpet and on screen, there is no shortage of reasons to appreciate Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o. And consequently, over the past year, she has … Read More

Why Lena Dunham’s Curves Make Me Feel Like Shit About My Own

February 7, 2014 | Chelsea Leibow | 2 Comments

It’s true: Lena Dunham’s very public, extremely naked, hotly discussed body has made me more self conscious of my own. As a woman who “sort of looks like that,” as a girl who was always “chunky” or “slightly overweight,” Lena’s … Read More

How Straightening My Hair Improved My Politics

January 10, 2014 | Kristen Maye | One Comment

My hair is naturally coily, curly, knotty and big. I love it that way; it is willful, arresting, and uninhibited. Truthfully, my full embrace of these qualities didn’t come until about 3 and half years ago when I finally stopped … Read More

“Stop the Fat Talk”? Why Not Fight the Dieting Industry Instead?

December 30, 2013 | Laura Koroski | 3 Comments

One of the things that makes me angriest is condescension. It’s number two on my list of hated behaviors, right after discrimination. So it doesn’t make me happy that the cereal company Kellogg, in all its infinite wisdom, has handed … Read More

What Kim Kardashian And New Moms Actually Have In Common

November 15, 2013 | | One Comment

The journey to giving birth is, at times, a difficult one. Not many of us are prepared for what will happen to our bodies. To be honest, there is no way to be fully prepared, as no two pregnancies are … Read More

A Magazine Without Photoshopping… Could It Be True?

October 21, 2013 | Amanda Duncil | 2 Comments

Here’s a fun game: grab the nearest magazine and try to find a model who hasn’t been excessively Photoshopped. Unless you happen to be looking at Verily magazine, chances are slim that you’ll find anyone who isn’t sporting flawlessly … Read More

Dear Marketers: I’m Done Paying High Prices For Low Self Esteem

October 16, 2013 | Amanda Duncil

If you want your marketing campaign to reach several thousand people per day, buying ad space in a large metro area is probably your best bet. In an era where it is nearly impossible to check one’s email without … Read More

FYI Mom Bloggers (If You’re Shaming Teenage Girls)

September 4, 2013 | Sara Luckey | 76 Comments

Can everybody please stop masturbating for five seconds so we can talk about modesty, but also talk about me? I was raised in the Roman Catholic tradition, and modesty was intertwined within every aspect of our teachings and … Read More

The Trouble With Tanning: Why Needing a “Natural Glow” is Bullshit

August 13, 2013 | Nicole Woszczyna | 10 Comments

Oh, how society loves to toy with our female minds. We’re supposed to be thin but not too thin, we’re supposed to be sexy but never too sexy, we’re supposed to wear high heels but not the kind that make … Read More

Can Curly Hair Be Business Casual?

August 7, 2013 | Amanda Duncil | 3 Comments

After years of fighting, I’ve finally come to embrace my wavy tresses in all their frizzy glory. It feels good to finally be at peace. Unfortunately, that peace doesn’t translate well to the working world, where straight hair still … Read More

“Dear Daily Mail”: Amanda Palmer’s Musical Open Letter to Tabloid Misogyny

August 2, 2013 | Madison Carlson | 2 Comments

It seems you can’t go a week these days without someone publishing a piece on leaked naked photos or a woman showing a little too much skin to the paparazzi. Rihanna, Brittany Spears, Emma Watson, and Anne Hathaway, among others, … Read More

Feminism Needs to Calm Down About My Pubic Hair (Or Lack Thereof)

July 31, 2013 | Laura Jane Williams | 6 Comments

I do not have pubic hair. I got rid of it through permanent laser hair removal because I like my lady garden to be fuzz-free.

I am not a victim of the patriarchy. I do not opt for a bare vagina … Read More