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What happens when a supermodel has cancer? 1 woman bravely shows the world.

What happens when a supermodel has cancer? 1 woman bravely shows the world.

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Mieko Rye has been a model for 20 years. And a successful one, at that. Gracing magazine covers andads for major brands, Rye has had what many modelsstrive for:a consistent, accomplished career in the business. Like all models,Rye has made a career that is partially dependent onmainstream approval of her appearance. She has spent the past 20 years acutely aware of what others think of her body, her skin, her hair all of it. Now Rye is battling stage 3 breast cancer. Living with canceris hard and, as we all know, takesa heavy emotional and psychological toll. But the impacts of the disease on one's appearance can also be devastating for any woman, let alone a woman who has maintained financial security and independence based on her beauty. But Rye isn't feeling sorry for herself. ...
Why the sexual harassment of fat people reaches a different level of offensiveness.

Why the sexual harassment of fat people reaches a different level of offensiveness.

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We were trading catcalling and harassment stories. A group of smart, thoughtful, lively, funny women had gathered, as many women do, for a moment of catharsis and commiseration over the ways in which our bodies are taken from us, little by little, with stunning regularity. One womans coworker had asked her out three times, unswayed by her declination. Another waited at a bus stop when a man, unannounced, wrapped his arms around her from behind. Gross, everyone agreed. Me too. The stories gained momentum, building to purging crescendoes of laughter and irritation. This is how we unburden ourselves. This is how we loose tension back into the world that foisted it on us in the first place. When asked about my own experience, I shared something about an acquaintance making a graphic pass at...
23 Female Cartoonists On Drawing Their Bodies

23 Female Cartoonists On Drawing Their Bodies

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Let’s get naked! BF_STATIC.timequeue.push(function () { if (BF_STATIC.bf_test_mode) localStorage.setItem('posted_date', 1407775943); }); BF_STATIC.timequeue.push(function () { document.getElementById("update_posted_time_3414581").innerHTML = "posted on " + UI.dateFormat.get_formatted_date(1407775943); }); View this image › Kristen Radtke “The graphic novel is a man’s world, by and large,” wrote Charles McGrath in a New York Times Magazine cover story in 2004. He was right — in a way. Most successful graphic artists and writers were men, and the comic’s industry was and remains exceedingly male-dominated. From R. Crumb, one of the most celebrated comics artists of all time, and his often violent depiction of women, rendered as grotesq...