Posts in SOUL
Breaking a Sweat Despite the Snow

It may seem like common sense, but drinking water, eating right, and exercising are the key components to getting healthy and looking the part. People like to save summer body preparation for the start of the new year, but getting ahead of the game makes it easier to accomplish your goals and avoid the age-old trap of unfulfilled resolutions. Plus, starting early means less effort on your part, and who doesn’t like that?

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The CGI Takeover

Balmain has hired three new models for their upcoming fall line. Interestingly enough, they are all computer-generated imagery models. There is concern that CGI models are derailing the opportunity of real, human models; especially models of color, plus-size models, and others who do not fit the fashion industry's status quo.

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Bye Bye Bikini

Leaked emails exposing crude comments about former Miss America contestants results in a new woman in charge. Gretchen Carlson shakes things up in the organization by getting rid of the swimsuit competition. What does this mean for Miss America?

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No More Bullshit, Please

here are three important challenges that negatively affected my integration into society from a disadvantaged community; regulating cultural assimilation in a way that does not stifle my cultural affiliation, categorizing useful peers in order to build mutually beneficial partnerships and gracefully instituting harsh-ish punishment to protect my discipline under pressure. All of these abilities are formed through the institution of very strong boundaries. I am patient in the process of building adult boundaries. We all build up defense mechanisms as children that we have to shed or rethink as adults.

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Snapchat Dysmorphia

Have you ever found yourself unable to take a good picture of your face without a Snapchat filter? Snapchat filters may be altering our perceptions of beauty, making it easy to obtain cartoonish faces with smooth skin and long lashes. Plastic surgeons discuss their concerns with this epidemic.

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Something You Can Run In: Protection Is a Part of Self-Care

Living in Anacostia was bittersweet. I could go to the laundromat, but only before the street lights shone. I could play outside, but I needed to beware of the raccoons. And I could stomp and play in a parade with funky, blue tassels and cowgirl boots, but only until the parade was over.

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Unwinding Into Womanhood

The journey to take responsibility for all the things that a woman has learned by her late twenties sounds simple but it isn’t. It’s the realization that the nagging voices of your parents that you once raged against were actually talking boundaries that operated on our behalf whether we understood or not.

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Encouraging Empathy in Male Partners

We know that men are not the most skillful when it comes to understanding and expressing emotion. This tends to become an issue when they get into relationships with women, as we find empathy to be very important. It is however, possible and important to teach and encourage empathy in your male partner(s)!

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I Didn't Fight, I Didn't Run, and I Didn't Freeze.

The recent Aziz Ansari story brings nuance to the ideals of what sexual violence and predatory actions look like. Often times, coercion and manipultion–two forms of abuse are swept under the rug because they are so prevalent in our society. Sex and sexual acts are looked at as things to be taken from women and femmes, not something women and femmes can willingly engage. Predatory behavior is normalized and leaves victims and survivors in the gray areas unaccounted for in our conversations around rape culture. 

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