What is real beauty?

Magazines seem to think that it’s overly photoshopped models.

I disagree.

Today is day two of Miss Representation, SPARK Movement, LoveSocial, Endangered Bodies and I Am That Girl‘s Keep It Real Challenge. Inspired by Julia Bluhm’s petition to Seventeen Magazine, the Keep It Real Challenge asks for one simple request to magazines: contain at least one unphotoshopped image of a model each issue. Is that so much to ask?

Frankly it disappoints me to know that every photograph that I see in a magazine of a model is fake. One of the worst examples of magazine photoshopping was when Cosmopolitan altered an image of Demi Lovato to make her appear thinner. Accompanying the photo was an article about Lovato’s battle with eating disorders and bipolar disorder. Now that’s a slap in the face.

What magazines do with photoshop is disgusting. Did you know that three out of four girls feel depressed, guilty and shameful after spending three minutes leafing through a fashion magazine?

It’s no surprise because twenty years ago the average fashion model weighed 8% less than the average women. Today that number is 23% less.

This needs to change. … Read more

Shoshanna Is My Spirit Animal

Man, I love this show. Despite all of the awkward sex scenes, scary Adam moments, and crazy shit that Hannah does, I can’t get enough of “Girls.” Now that the season’s over, I don’t know what I’m going to do with my Sundays/weeks spent looking forward to Sunday.

What is it about this show that captivated so many people? Lena Dunham is a genius. I loved “Tiny Furniture,” and I love “Girls” even more. But the character that really got me to love the show so much was Shoshanna. Maybe it’s because she’s the only one still in college. Or it could be because I am as anxious and over talkative as she is.

Even though Adam getting hit by a car, Jessa getting married and Marnie turning into a chubby chaser were three big events in the finale, Shoshanna and Ray getting it in was my favorite part. After Ray served as Shoshanna’s crack spiritual guide in “That One Time in Bushwick,” I was counting down the days until they would hook up.

I think the thing about Shoshanna that makes her my favorite is the fact that you want to find her annoying, but you can’t because she’s Read more

Apparently Photoshop Can Make People Fatter Too

I read an article today about how magazine editors use photoshop to correct extreme thinness. I don’t understand the media. You can be too fat, too skinny, too pale, too tan…It’s literally impossible to be “just right.” As a social action representative for Miss Representation, I often share blog posts on my twitter about how the media affects body image. Look at these shocking statistics I found from fellow social action rep Melissa Fabello:

65% of women and girls have disordered eating behaviors.
31% of girls admit to starving themselves to lose weight.
90% of those who have eating disorders are between the ages of 12 and 25.
53% of thirteen-year-old American girls are unhappy with their bodies. This grows to 78% by the time girls reach seventeen.

It’s no secret that negative body image is a problem in our country. But what can we do to fix it? I think that every girl should watch “Miss Representation.” It’s a powerful documentary about how much the media negatively affects young girls. If girls can recognize the problem, I believe that they can fight it.

But what can we do right now? Start a petition and send it to Read more

And So Begins A Match Made In Heaven.

Feminism and cats. They were meant to be. I’m starting this blog in order to make their relationship public. I plan to post weekly updates about feminist issues that grab my attention in the news, entertainment and the blogosphere. Each post will end with a cat video because who doesn’t love cat videos?

Here’s the first cat video from The Feminist Feline!

Kittens Inspired by Kittens, one of my favorites: