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Beauty is Being Sexualized in Schools

News stories break daily about girls being sent home from school for breaking the dress code. Girls are forced to leave prom, leave class, or wear sweatshirts in hot weather, as school boards prioritize girls' portrayal to educating boys on how to treat their female counterpart. Not only is this a sexist behavior, but is misleading to young women.

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The Lovely Feminism of HBO’s Westworld

HBO has quite a history of building its prestige brand on excessive female nudity, catering almost entirely to the male gaze. Westworld’s nudity clause waiver, when reported on in 2015, was met with skepticism from feminists. Was it going to be another GoT created and shepherded by straight white male cable executives?

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Miss America: Beauty Pageant No More

This has been a long time coming and is quite overdue, but that does not mean it is any less of a huge step for women’s empowerment. Miss America announced that it is no longer a beauty pageant. What does that mean? It means it is a scholarship program, and wearing an evening gown or a swimsuit is not a requirement for education.

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Why Are Women Often Against One Another?

Do we truly have to put others down to pick ourselves up? There is nothing more beautiful than a woman giving another woman a compliment. And yes, it is happening more and more. I am sure you have seen the posts online about two drunk girls complementing one another in the bathroom at a party. But why is that a drunk girl moment?

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Underneath We Are Women

As we make our way through the beauty world hoping for more transparency from brands, the campaign Underneath We Are Women is providing us with spectacular diversity. Amy D. launched this project on her website, and is sharing a photo book of 100 women from all walks of life, stripped down to their underwear.

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A League Of Their Own: An Homage to Feminism

A League Of Their Own is a fiction, but it is loosely based on the life of baseball legend Dottie Collins, who pitched for the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. And the movie was sort of a thank you to the women that took on men’s roles during WWII. Gender roles were shifted as men left for the war.

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The Generational Moral Divide

We were also part of the era when the phrase “Life’s a Bitch and Then You Die” was popular; it rose from the nihilistic psyche of the 1980s. It was the heavy metal era, which was the music of the angry white suburban male, who was both materially well off and also emotionally neglected.

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The Politics of Roseanne

The two most important shows of my adolescence were Roseanne and The Cosby Show. When these were on the air, they became my family, as I didn’t have much of one. Bill Cosby’s sexual assault allegations wrecked the Huxtables for me, but I still had the Conners, this witty family and the first to accurately depict working-class whites.

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Will Kenya Legalize Homosexuality?

Gay marriage, say some Kenyan religious leaders, is “Un-African.” It is against the law. According to the Kenyan legal code, sodomy is illegal under section 162. But when was the last time that anti-sodomy laws were enforced against married couples? Of course “sodomy,” as it is called, is de facto legal among consenting heterosexual couples […]

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