Let’s Talk About Gwyneth Attempting the Food Stamp Challenge

Now, I don’t know Paltrow’s intentions with her picture or her participation in the #FoodBankNYCChallenge. She could have meant to start a real debate about food access, she could just be bored and want a new Goop entry. As someone who has tried and failed at the SNAP challenge, I believe her heart’s in the … Continue reading Let’s Talk About Gwyneth Attempting the Food Stamp Challenge

Whose Bass Is It Anyway? (Or, The Problem with Pop’s Empowerment Anthems)

This article was originally written as a producer piece for Things Not Seen. This summer, a wave of up-beat, supposedly empowering pop songs came out. A similar outpouring of self-esteem boosting anthems happened in 2011, with Lady Gaga’s “Born this Way,” Katy Perry’s “Fireworks,” and Pink’s “Perfect.” The music industry has apparently discovered that inspiring … Continue reading Whose Bass Is It Anyway? (Or, The Problem with Pop’s Empowerment Anthems)

On the Corner of Faith and Feminism: An Inclusive Alternative to Femen’s Goals

Originally, this piece appeared as an essay for a Women’s and Gender Studies class. The content has been modified slightly to better fit an online format for a broader audience. Janet Soskice opens Feminism and Theology with the observation that “it is no secret that some feminists regard the term ‘feminist theology’ as an oxymoron.” Soskice acknowledges … Continue reading On the Corner of Faith and Feminism: An Inclusive Alternative to Femen’s Goals

Ethical Fashion and the Millennial Consumer

On my daily inbox scan the other day, I came across this wonderful article about the ethics of fashion by Lucy Collins, a Parsons professor. Her points reminded me of several discussions I’ve had with friends and colleagues about the role of educated, socially conscious, yet student-loan-burdened twentysomethings within this conversation. It’s easy to advise … Continue reading Ethical Fashion and the Millennial Consumer