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Sexism: Apparently, Women Just Need to Stop Complaining

Hillary Smith May 13, 2014

A recent article on Huffington Post addresses sexist advertisements. Specifically, it comments on SuitSupply's latest ad campaign that features a man dressed in a smart looking suit surrounded by dancing...

Technology Does Not Welcome Women

Hillary Smith May 2, 2014

A few weeks ago, an article entitled "Technology's Man Problem" was published in the New York Times. It chronicles the experiences of several women who worked or are working in technology, and the culture...

Being a Woman in Politics

Hillary Smith April 15, 2014

Recently, I stumbled across an article on Today from 2009 about female politicians' conflict between work and family. I know, it's not exactly a recent article, but I am quite certain that the issues it...

Gender and Pay

Hillary Smith April 14, 2014

Generations after women first began to demand social and political rights, we are still struggling. It almost seems like a worse kind of struggle, because it's a struggle that many people refuse to...

Let’s Talk About Weight

Hillary Smith April 1, 2014

I'm going to talk about weight again. We have a strange dynamic going on in our society: on the one hand, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than a third of adults in...

Language, Gender, and Patriarchy

Hillary Smith March 12, 2014

At the Power and Privilege Symposium a few weeks ago, I attended a workshop on patriarchy and gendered language. It made me realize how casually people, including myself, use language that perpetuates...

Beauty and the Beholder, Part Two

Hillary Smith March 5, 2014

I'm going to pick up where I left off in my last post: Discussion of Differing Perceptions of Beauty, Part Two. Last week, I wrote about the evolution of societal perception of the perfect female figure....

Beauty and the Beholder

Hillary Smith February 25, 2014

It has always fascinated me how certain types of female bodies have gone in and out of fashion throughout history. It's like bodies are fashion trends, and we can just cast off the old and adopt the new...

Rethinking Gender Roles

Hillary Smith February 18, 2014

What if gender roles were reversed? Recently, I watched a French video in my French conversation group called "Oppressed Majority," by Éléonore Pourriat. While I didn't catch the majority of the...

Is That a Person Or Is That Photoshop?

Hillary Smith February 12, 2014

You've probably seen that Photoshop time lapse video, in which a female model is essentially transformed into a Barbie doll. (If you haven't seen it, you can watch it on Youtube here). Global Democracy...

To Be Or Not To Be a Feminist

Hillary Smith February 4, 2014

I'm going to talk about feminism. Of late, I have noticed a trend in the media of some female figures accusing other female figures of not being "feminist enough." Take, for example, the attacks against...

Woman for President

Hillary Smith January 28, 2014

Turn on the news or peruse online and there is a very good chance you'll see something about Hillary Clinton's possible-and inevitable, to some-bid for the presidency in 2016. In 2008, Clinton-a U.S....

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