July 26th, 2011

As consumers, everything we see affects our behavior, even when it comes to split-second decisions such as reaching for that Yoplait yogurt at Lower, McElroy, or Stuart before rushing off to our first morning class. NEDA, the National Eating Disorders Association, states that the the unhealthy “bargaining” thought process that takes place in the first woman’s head in this commercial promotes eating disorders.

However, the bigger problem is that not only people with eating disorders, but most people in our everyday lives, uses this kind of justification process to allow or deny themselves to eat a certain kind of food, or even an entire meal.

Interested? Check out this blog post by Happy Calories Don’t Count for another take on this issue!

July 25th, 2011

In an attempt to prevent gender stereotypes from being ingrained in children from an early age, the Egalia preschool in Stockholm, Sweden has implemented a curriculum where not only “boys and girls play together with a toy kitchen, which is located next to the Lego bricks”, but where teachers try to avoid gendered words such as referring to their students as “boys” and “girls”.

From CNN: “A 2010 report by the World Economic Forum on the global gender gap found that Sweden and three other Nordic countries lead the world when it comes to¬†gender equality. Sweden is also considered a pioneer in legalizing gay and lesbian partnerships.”

Interested in reading about ‘genderlessness’? Check out this article!

July 20th, 2011

Check out this cool article by Jezebel on the women in the Harry Potter world!

July 18th, 2011

Every year, Forbes.com comes out with a list of The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women. In this article, Eve Ensler (author of The Good Body and the Vagina Monologues, both of which are read and performed annually at Boston College) names the world’s seven “most powerful feminists”.

Interested? Check out this link to contribute to the next list of Forbes’ most powerful women, to be released this September.