fat acceptance
Being asked to send a photo of myself with a shirt on made me feel like I again should be ashamed of my body.
If Karlie Kloss had credited me when she posted my photo to Instagram, I would have received what amounts to major publicity and had publications contacting me directly to license the photo.
body image
I don't know that we can exclusively blame magazines for making women hate their bodies. (Although they certainly don't often help.)

Apr 23, 2012 at 2:00pm | 246 comments

I’m not trying to be hard on you, fashion magazines. It’s just that you seem to be indulging some weird phobia about putting a plus-sized woman on your cover in any circumstances other than a flapping tent or an extreme close-up.
Is the moral here REALLY that if you're going to make fun of someone's outfit, you should first confirm that they're not in the middle of cancer treatment and wearing a tutu to raise funds for charity?

Apr 2, 2014 at 5:00pm | 122 comments

Sometimes I feel embarrassed by the very thing I've spent over half my life obsessing about.

Jul 12, 2012 at 4:00pm | 113 comments

When people discover where I work, they often ask “Would you let your daughter become a topless model?"
Next time you get dressed, be sure to ask yourself, "What would Helen wear?"

Aug 14, 2012 at 10:30am | 78 comments

With headlines like "Are Boys Pretty?" and "Pot Shots: Marijuana Review," this has to be good.

Aug 28, 2014 at 12:30pm | 68 comments

body acceptance
The iconic teen magazine has agreed "not to alter body sizes or face shapes of young women featured in its editorial pages," and will discuss the pledge in more detail in the August issue.
What kind of an article changes my life? Anything that makes me reconsider the world and the way I think about storytelling.

Sep 10, 2014 at 9:00am | 59 comments

"Playboy" wants to climb back up the mountain of class after tumbling way, way down, and they are doing a fine job.
lupita nyong'o
I had to claw my way to the unwavering belief that I wasn’t just “pretty for a dark-skinned girl.
letter writing
As a black woman, I’ve had no choice but to become accustomed to the absence of black and brown faces in “mainstream” publications.
The unfurling diversity in mainstream magazines, on full display with Lupita, Zoe, Oprah and Kerry, says to White America: “Not anymore.”
teen beat
My first job out of college was at Teen Beat magazine (remember it? with the cheesy pullout posters?). It was interesting! Here's what I learned.
I identified as a feminist long before I opened my first copy of Vogue. But having tangible examples of what women can accomplish in publishing and journalism helped move my convictions out of the abstract and into the everyday.
I wanted a magazine that "happened" to feature plus size fashion rather than obsessing about size on every page. Society scrutinizes that enough for us, without making a whole magazine about it.

Dec 12, 2012 at 4:30pm | 15 comments

I thought reviewing porn as a young, educated, fairly vanilla woman would be exciting. Not glamorous, exactly, but certainly more Bohemian than waiting tables.
One endorsement and one DE-endorsement.

Aug 30, 2011 at 9:00am | 0 comments

Publications aimed at young women still pick at the same insecurities they did in 1939.

Sep 15, 2011 at 10:00am | 0 comments

Where else are you supposed to go to hear stories about one-room schoolhouses and exploding corsets when all your grandparents are gone?