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Fatphobia and food: A review of the improbability of love

Brought to you by Powered By Girl By Anna Hill Content note: anorexia [breifly], fatphobia, racial stereotyping, very brief mention of rape The Improbability of Love by Hannah Rothschild is a novel ostensibly about the transformative power of art and as such has been shortlisted for the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction this year. The…

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Research Blog: Judgments of self-sexualization on Facebook, or, too sexy to be smart

By Jenn Chmielewski It’s that time of year when I start seeing photo after photo on Facebook of people vacationing in awesome (warm) locations. While I am still cold in New York City, I see them lounging on beautiful beaches in bikinis or partying like rock stars in crop tops at Coachella. I will admit,…

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RESEARCH BLOG: The Hidden Cost of Sexualization

By Kimberly Belmonte Every morning when I get off the subway, staring at me are billboard-sized Victoria’s Secret ads featuring models sexily posing in lingerie. These huge ads are just one of the many sexualized images of women that are in my face every single every day! Usually, I roll my eyes at these kinds…

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hello SPARKfriends, Thank you for visiting us. We are currently rebuilding our website and we can’t wait to share our new vision with you… soon! Please be patient as we make some SPARKling improvements.…

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Happy International Women's Day!

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hello SPARKfriends, Thank you for visiting us. We are currently rebuilding our website and we can’t wait to share our new vision with you… soon! Please be patient as we make some SPARKling improvements.…

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Research Blog: The Best Little (Queer Brown) Girl in the World

by Allison Cabana Once upon a time, I was a 15-year-old queer brown girl with an eating disorder. I wasn’t the first, and I won’t be the last, but perhaps my experience is a more common one than people think. Let me back up for a second. In my ninth grade health class, we watched…

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Reimagining School Dress Codes

By Ejin Jeong, SPARK Action Squad Clothes have always been an important part of our lives.  They allow us to characterize our era, culture, and personal tastes.  In many ways, clothing helps us express ourselves as individuals through various different styles. However, whenever it comes to expressing ourselves and being an individual, society has morphed…

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