Why Straight Guys Hit On Lesbians

In this Ask Cristen episode of Stuff Mom Never Told You, a couple of lesbians want to know why straight guys don’t believe they’re gay and think they can turn them hetero, and Cristen waxes “Chasing Amy.” 

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11 Types of Girls at Prom

Which type are/were you? #11 (Telekinetic Prom Date) gets a little messy, FYI…

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5 Fat Truths About Cellulite

I’d like to show every middle school girl this video to save them from years of “swimsuit season” body-hate instigated by women’s media lies about what a terrible scourge cellulite is and how we should all be frantically (and futilely) trying to get rid of it.

- Cristen “Dimply Thighs” Conger

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Is workaholism real?

The Japanese have a word “karoshi” that literally means “death from overwork.”

Karoshi happens, y’all.

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15 Ridiculous (and Real) Products “For Women”

featuring beef jerky “for her,” nighttime breast separators and anti-wrinkle air conditioning.

missedinhistory:

For many, the Chinese tradition of foot binding calls up immediate, unpleasant (or perhaps infuriating) connotations. And while the practice was undoubtedly painful and debilitating for many Chinese women and girls – and it affected virtually every facet of their lives – its thousand-year history is layered with additional meaning, which we explore in today’s episode.

Here’s a link to our notes and sources.

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JEALOUSY: Men v. Women

This St. Patrick’s Day, Cristen gets down to who’s GREENER with envy in relationships…and also why it’s wise to take jealousy gender stereotypes with a grain of salt.

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11 Reasons Women Rule

Happy International Women’s Day! To celebrate, here’s a roundup of nifty facts about women’s history, biology, and real-world accomplishments and potential.

(Also: the YouTube comments on this video that conflate highlighting lady awesomeness with man-hating are reasons why we need International Women’s Day, feminism and girl/women-empowering media)

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Doll With an Average Body Is Coming to Life

Do you like the idea of Barbie but hate that by even whispering her name you’re contributing to the perpetuation of superhuman, hyperheteronormative beauty standards that eternalize a culture of shame? Well, meet Lammily.
Lammily is the forthcoming plastic doll whose motto is, “Average is beautiful!” Her body shape is based on averages of data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control that is more often used to track the American obesity epidemic. She is not affiliated with Mattel’s Barbie.
Last year, graphic designer Nickolay Lamm created some concept images of the “Normal Barbie” that became very popular around the Internet. (If you didn’t see them, one is to the right.) Today Lamm is launching a project to put the design into production and make the dolls a reality. It’s crowd-sourced, it “promotes realistic standards of beauty,” and it can be under your holiday tree by late 2014 if enough people support the project.
Read more. [Image: Lamm]

theatlantic:

Doll With an Average Body Is Coming to Life

Do you like the idea of Barbie but hate that by even whispering her name you’re contributing to the perpetuation of superhuman, hyperheteronormative beauty standards that eternalize a culture of shame? Well, meet Lammily.

Lammily is the forthcoming plastic doll whose motto is, “Average is beautiful!” Her body shape is based on averages of data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control that is more often used to track the American obesity epidemic. She is not affiliated with Mattel’s Barbie.

Last year, graphic designer Nickolay Lamm created some concept images of the “Normal Barbie” that became very popular around the Internet. (If you didn’t see them, one is to the right.) Today Lamm is launching a project to put the design into production and make the dolls a reality. It’s crowd-sourced, it “promotes realistic standards of beauty,” and it can be under your holiday tree by late 2014 if enough people support the project.

Read more. [Image: Lamm]

(via kammartinez)

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Girls Who Don’t Like Other Girls

Judging by the comments on this video, girl friendships at large could use a radical makeover. There are so many — too many — young women especially who have been alienated and embittered by female friendships, girl infighting and backstabbing.

We focus so much on relationships between men and women, but girls’ and women’s relationships with each need a lot of work, too.

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Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg's nonprofit organization, LeanIn.org, has partnered with Getty Images to “to create a line of stock photos that depict mature, professional businesswomen, rather than ones who appear dumb, subservient, sexualized, or sometimes all three at once.” 

One recent study found that only 3% of creative directors are women. In journalism, men continue to fill the majority of top editor roles — and this likely extends to photo editor roles as well. We’ve all seen Mad Men. This isn’t the 1950s, but the advertising industry is not exactly a model for gender equality. None of this is to say that men can’t accurately depict women in visual imagery, but if we’ve learned anything from the research, it’s that gender equality in every industry leads to better and more representative outcomes.”

"The new library of photos shows professional women as surgeons, painters, bakers, soldiers and hunters. There are girls riding skateboards, women lifting weights and fathers changing babies’ diapers.”

Jessica BennetWill Lean In & Getty Rid the World of the Media’s Subtle Sexism?

Changing Women’s Portrayal in Stock Photos | NYT

Making Stock Photos Less Sexist | Bloomberg