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Fashion and Beauty

My Mama Loves Every(body)

I was never allowed to have a Barbie doll. My mom decreed it a rule in the Bickel household. I asked her why one time when I was six or seven, and she told me that she didn’t want us having dolls that portrayed unrealistic body standards. She didn’t want me and my two sisters growing up thinking that we were supposed to look like Barbies when we grew up

Coloring in Between the Lines

When I was in 6th grade, I hit a boy in my class over the head with my lunchbox because he called my best friend gay and said that my jacket made me look gay too. I knew that he wasn’t using “gay” as a nice thing, and I was infuriated on my friend’s behalf. 

We’re Not In Oxford Anymore

I am one of the biggest grammar freaks that I know. I proudly count myself as a “soldier of the subjunctive,” and I find cartoons about comma placement to be hilarious-- so it may come as a surprise that I was excited when The American Dialect Society voted an ”incorrect” use of English to be the defining word of 2015. The word in question? The singular “they.” 

Sampling of Barbie Ferreira's Tweets

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A sampling of plus size model and activist Barbie Ferreira's tweets.
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A sampling of plus size model and activist Barbie Ferreira's tweets.

Barbie Ferreira

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Screen grab of Barbie Ferreira's public Instagram account. Barbie Ferreira is an American plus-size model and activist.
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Screen grab of Barbie Ferreira's public Instagram account. Barbie Ferreira is an American plus-size model and activist.

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Evolution Revolution

I am a member of the Marching Band and Color Guard at my high school. One challenge that we face as a group year after year is designing our costumes. The easy part is making the design fit with the show’s theme. The harder part is designing something to wear that everyone is happy with. 

Feminism: Lab Science Or Liberation?

For the young woman, a thrift store serves as the proverbial laboratory of feminism. The reactants: bits and pieces of people left behind in coat pockets and skirt pleats (the people, hopefully, being solely metaphorical). The product: a newly formed sense of self, or the ability to form said sense of self. 

Thrift Store Purchases

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Items purchased at a thrift store by 2015-2016 Rising Voices Fellow Delaney Hoffman.
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Items purchased at a thrift store by 2015-2016 Rising Voices Fellow Delaney Hoffman.

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A Tale Of Two Stores

Brandy’s clothes are appealing to girls like me who prefer a simple look. However, there’s one important thing that separates Brandy from the other clothing chains for teenage girls—their one-size policy. Yes, all of Brandy Melville’s clothes are only available in one, miniature, singular size. One size fits most is the company’s complacent statement regarding their sizing. 

Woman With Tape Measure

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A woman holds a tape measure up to her midsection
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A woman holds a tape measure up to her midsection

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