objectification

What I Learned About Feminism While Working At A Breastaurant

When I was 16 years old I took a hostess job at a breastaurant. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

When I was 16 years old I took a hostess job at a breastaurant — one of those chain restaurants, like Hooters, known for large-breasted servers.

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3 Ways To Avoid Tokenizing People (Because I'm Sick Of It)

"We’re painfully aware of the fact that we’re “the only one” in the room, or one of very few. Don’t make it worse." Image: Author

It’s like being a deer in the headlights. You’re in imminent danger. You know it. But you can’t move. You can’t speak. No reaction whatsoever. You just stand or sit there, frozen in time, waiting for the crash.

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The Girls Of Geordie Shore: Unlikely Paragons Of Sex Positivity

The reason I love and respect the women of the show is their openness and hilariousness about sex. Image: MTV UK.

Many criticize Geordie Shore as entertainment in its lowest form: fights, drinking, people falling over, nudity, swearing, and “bucking” (sexual intercourse). Yet, to me, it is so much more than that. As a fully qualified human woman, I can’t help myself analyzing the show through feminist-tinted glasses. The decisions and attitudes of the “family” represent, to me, a new kind of feminism.

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I've Been Harassed Again And Again. Being A 'Good Girl' Stops Me From Calling It Out.

I don't want to be that good girl anymore. I don't want to feel ashamed or shamed by someone else's shame. Image: Farah Beaini.

In my sickest moments, supposedly in the safe hands of health care professionals, I have had a chiro compare helping me undress to ‘unwrapping a gift’; a physio make sexual innuendos about the stockings I had to slip out of for treatment. Again, despite the shame, I remained polite, paying the receptionist for a transaction that left me sick to the core.

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Summer Shouldn't Be Open Season On Women's Bodies

I somehow manage to forget from one summer to the next just how frustrating it can be to merely exist in public spaces when it’s warm outside. Image: Yegide Matthews/ Unsplash.

I decided to spend a few hours running errands in the summer sunshine while audaciously wearing a loose-fitting baby doll dress, comfy flats, and a denim vest. Apparently my need to keep my legs ventilated served as a Bat-Signal to the fine men of Gotham, who were drawn by its golden glow to yell stuff at me every five minutes.

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'One Of The Guys': On Cool Girls And Internalized Misogyny

I wasn’t simply an accessory to misogynistic behavior — I was actively participating in it. Image: Thinkstock.

I felt unique in my passion for martial arts, my affinity for Call of Duty, my go-with-the-flow attitude toward boyish adventures. I wanted to be “one of the guys,” while still retaining the distinction of my sexuality. I longed to be the quintessential cool girl — desirable yet approachable. But in retrospect, all that really amounted to internalized misogyny.

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I'm Body-Shamed For Wearing The EXACT Same Clothes As Thin Women

What's worse than being ostracized or criticized because you look a certain way is when others form extremely biased judgments on your character or reinforce stereotypes or double-standards because of how you present yourself. Image: Valerie Bevilacqua.

As a curvaceous 27-year-old who developed early, I was constantly reprimanded for my selection in attire. Whether I was complimented by strangers or nagged by loved ones, one thing was made certain: my well-endowed "assets" caught both positive and negative attention, even when it was out of my control.

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Oh Hell No! Caitlin Stasey Shamed For Refusing To Pose In Underwear

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When Wrestling Is An Act Of Feminist Rebellion

The world of women’s wrestling operates by its own particular standards of objectification, equality, and the glass ceiling.

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When Wrestling Is An Act Of Feminist Rebellion

The world of women’s wrestling operates by its own particular standards of objectification, equality, and the glass ceiling.

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