Media Influences

An Open Letter to Tame Impala, the Soundtrack to My Recovery

By Emma Willibey--This letter is addressed to Kevin Parker, whose project, Tame Impala, has helped me move toward self-acceptance and flexibility. But of course, it is dedicated to the readers of this blog—especially those who, like myself, are still plowing through mental recovery.

Beauty is Not a Competition: An Open Letter to Daily Mail’s Dinah Van Tulleken

By Kaitlin Irwin--As a young woman who has battled her own insecurities regarding body and appearance, your article, “How Kate Middleton Can Steal Meghan’s Sparkle” was a damaging step backwards in female empowerment.

Girl-Powered Media: Real and Relevant

By Ariel Beccia--As the great Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie said, we should all read Teen Vogue. OK, these might not have been her exact words per se, but the advice is certainly in line with Adichie's belief in the importance of feminism. Hold up, you may be thinking – Teen Vogue? Inspiring social activism? Yup, and it shouldn’t come as a surprise.

Where’s the Diversity in Europe?: A Semester at Sea, Part 2

By Calli Zarpas--Two months ago, I started a journey around the world that would take me to Europe, Africa, and South America. Since I believe that there are many definitions of beauty, I decided to search for the “perfect” body in each country in order to compare beauty ideals around the world.

Body Image Around the World: A Semester at Sea, Part 1

By Calli Zarpas--I’m going to be writing a Proud2Bme series on body image around the world as I participate in a Semester at Sea. Usually, I’d be starting the fall at Virginia Tech, but instead, I have started my school year on an 800-person cruise ship in Hamburg, Germany.

This ship is going to take me and 600 other college students, professors and crew around the world. We will be visiting Greece, Italy, Spain, Morocco, Senegal, Brazil, Trinidad and Tobago, Peru, Ecuador and Costa Rica before we finish in San Diego, California.

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