Padded Bras and Breast Obsessions

Do you ever wish men would stare into your eyes and not at your breasts? Do you wonder why the breast has become an eroticized focal point of women's identity. Check out my post at http://marinagraphy.com/padded-bras-breast-obsessions/ on Padded Bras and Brest Obsessions, and let me know what you think. And I need more friends, so kindly take me under your wings if you like or appreciate what I have to say on female agency and identity.  Regards,Marina DelVecchio...more

Rise and Revolt - Catholic Women take on the Vatican

Any remarkable opinion or movement shared by women will be the first sign of revolution. - Emerson In recent years, we've grown used to seeing women in leadership positions in various protestant churches....more

Support the Fight Against Violence Toward Women September 28

Ending violence against women is both a challenge and an opportunity. You have probably heard that in some countries gender-based violence impacts as many as 70 percent of women. And the U.N. statistic that “one out of three women throughout the world has been beaten, coerced into sex, or otherwise abused in her lifetime,” is cited frequently. But how familiar are you with I-VAWA – a critical piece of U.S. legislation that prioritizes both the prevention of and the response to the worst cases of violence against women worldwide? ...more

I have heard of this film before but never have the time to watch it. I will have a look at it ...more

Femme fatale: Fatal to feminism?

"Erotic Love in Spanish American Literature." Or, my final undergraduate Spanish class. It's not as raunchy as it sounds — no porn (yet), and so far the course focuses mostly on the historical context of each book we've read (i.e. post-revolution Mexico in Arráncame la vida and crime-riddled 1980s Colombia in Rosario Tijeras. ...more

The Angry Woman: It's All in What You Do With It

Anger, as an emotion, is energizing -- far more energizing than frustration, which is paralyzing. Think about it -- if you feel frustrated, you just want to pull the covers over your head. If you feel angry, you want to throw things. Throwing things is not socially acceptable, but if you allow yourself to be angry, you can then decide what you're going to do with it. And you can tell the object of your anger exactly that. ...more

I could say a lot on this topic, but I'm not gonna.

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"The Beautiful Girls" of "Mad Men" On the Brink of Social Change

In the last three weeks, Mad Men has once again shown that when it comes to quality television, the show shines far above almost anything else TV has to offer."The Beautiful Girls," "The Summer Man" and "The Suitcase"  were all episodes that gave us more about  Don Draper, helping answer the question first posed at the beginning of the season, but also showcased the women of Mad Men on the brink of one of the most stunning social changes this country has ever seen.Here's a rundown of what's been happening with "The Beautiful Girls," but beware, there are spoilers a plenty....more

Your stories are just like those of so many other women who experienced tough times in male ...more

(VIDEO) The Smoking Bra: Funny Feminism

When my friend invited me to go with her to The Smoking Bra: Women and Comedy at the 92 Y Tribeca, I agreed to go without seeing what it was about. My friend usually finds interesting things to do, so I trusted that it would be worthy of my $12. Plus, it seemed better to go to something potentially funny after work than go home and cry over the futility of my “career” and then collapse with exhaustion. Right? ...more

(although I almost had a typo and wrote fat joke - so not cool!) is definitely a gender barrier ...more

The Power of Virginity

Extended virginity is a growing rarity. By the time I was twenty five and still a virgin, the fact drew questioning looks and crossed eyebrows. Although the fact rarely came up when I was thirty five, the level of dumbfoundedness grew exponentially.  Great concern over why was always the next question. Was I harmed as a child? Was I afraid? Was I religious? The answer was no. I had very protective parents who allowed me little opportunity to socialize with boys through high school. I had a few kisses by the time I was eighteen, and my college years yielded little more....more
Reading this made me cheer! You put words to the motives I feel in my own life. I am a virgin at ...more

Madmen: Peggy and Joan -- Women vs. Women vs. Men vs. Joke

I would love to hear from you about how you think women respond to the "sexist" or "sex" humor. What do you think about the Joan/Peggy/"jokes" business?http://chronicle.com/blogPost/PeggyJoan-in-Mad-Men/26860/Your Shameless Friend,Ginawww.ginabarreca.comTwitter @TheGinaBarreca...more

The Evolution of the Bunny Costume

The Evolution of the Bunny CostumeHere's a theory of mine that I'm working on: Google "bunny costumes" and you'll three distinct categories of bunny costumes available. Firstly, there's the cute and adorable bunny costumes for invents and toddlers. Secondly, there the blander variety of bunny costume available for the pre-teen age group. Third and finally, there's the sexed up bunny costume for the teen girl. It's just a theory.... ...more