Monday, October 24, 2016

Am I an Instrument or an Ornament?

I just read a wonderful article on The Huffington Post. In it, Jennifer Aniston interviewed Gloria Steinem about life and feminism in 2014. It’s full of tons of great information but one especially potent statement stuck with me. Steinem said that women are taught to think of our bodies as ornaments and men are taught […]

You Are Probably Not a Good Enough Feminist

March 19, 2013 by  
Filed under Activism, Featured, Freedom, Media Literacy

This Guest Post graciously submitted and re-posted by Kate Fridkis EatTheDamnCake. I’m beginning to have no idea what “feminism” means. Elizabeth Wurtzel wrote this predictably inflammatory essay in The Atlantic about why some fictional-sounding wealthy housewives are responsible for the “war on women.” In it she said, “Let’s please be serious grown-ups: real feminists don’t depend on men.” […]

The Generic Things That Make Us All Exquisitely Sexy

This guest post graciously submitted and re-posted by Kate Fridkis, from Eat The Damn Cake. Because I’ve decided to have a baby at some point, I figured I should learn more about birth. I mean, really, I should learn more about babies and toddlers and children and whatever they turn into after that, god help us, but that all […]

Lil Wayne, S.W.A.G and The Nothing: Marketing Rape Culture to Communities of Color is a Never Ending Story(Trigger Warning Graphic Images)

February 19, 2013 by  
Filed under Activism, Featured, Politics

Commercial Hip Hop has became a desolate land where “bandz will make her dance”, sex addiction is celebrated in lyrics like “Yeah I like to F*ck! I got a f*ckin problem”, and if there is a room full of liquor, well… dive in! Ours is a world where everyone is too sex crazed and Ciroc high […]

Media Literacy, African American Women and HAES

Greetings and Salutations, My name is Dr. Angela Prater-Mensah and my PhD is in Communication Studies with a focus on Media. I was invited to join We Are the Real Deal Blog after speaking at BEDA’s National Binge eating conference. My educational background, life path and struggle with body image and disordered eating will inform […]

Is Hooking Up Good for Girls?

This Guest Post graciously submitted by Rachel Simmons. As a relationship advice columnist for Teen Vogue, I get a lot of mail from girls in “no strings attached” relationships. The girls describe themselves as “kind of” with a guy, “sort of” seeing him, or “hanging out” with him. The guy may be noncommittal, or worse, in another no-strings […]

Will the Next Gloria Steinem Please Stand Up?

When I watched HBO’s documentary Gloria: In Her Own Words, I was surprised to learn other side of the woman I have long admired.  Typically touted as the “most outspoken and visible symbol of the women’s movement,” the side of Gloria that doesn’t get recognized is actually the graceful, loving, endearing humanist who not only […]

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