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Erin Spencer is a senior journalism student at the University of South Carolina. Spencer is a go-getter writer/editor with a passion for women’s issues, lifestyle and all things pop culture. She has previously interned at Cosmopolitan.com and is the current web editor for her university’s student interest magazine. She cares more about her Hogwarts house than her astrological sign. Follow her on Twitter at @erinspencer93.

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10 Things That Happen When You're About to Graduate

(0) Comments | Posted May 11, 2015 | 1:26 PM

That tassel comes with a lot of baggage.

1. You get nostalgic over everything.
It must be stated that everything you do you'll be doing for the "last time." That test was the "last test." When you walk across the quad, it's the "last time" and when...

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Take a Moment to Learn About Intersectional Feminism With Pizza

(0) Comments | Posted April 15, 2015 | 10:43 AM

Cheesy and we love it.

Comedian/writer/awesome human Akilah Hughes created a neat video that breaks down intersectionality in feminism... with pizza. The video, which she shared on her Twitter account, includes awesome pizza metaphors to illustrate the issue in a new and mouthwatering way -- seriously if you're...

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Why You Need to Be Concerned About FratPAC Lobbying

(0) Comments | Posted March 31, 2015 | 12:30 PM

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The Fraternity and Sorority Political Action Committee, or FratPAC, the political strong-arm of the nation's campus Greek society is proposing something pretty scary. Recently, the group indicated that they plan to go to Congress. Their aim? To disallow universities to investigate sexual assault...

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Shailene Woodley Does Not Want You to Call Her a Feminist

(20) Comments | Posted March 27, 2015 | 4:36 PM

Shailene is no stranger to dropping strange comments. Just last year, the actress graced us with beauty tips about sunbathing your vagina and eating clay. But her latest mic drop is particularly confusing.

In a recent interview with Nylon, the star said:

"The reason why I...
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Dear Tom Corbin, I Am Not a 'Lesser Cut of Meat'

(0) Comments | Posted February 20, 2015 | 9:04 AM

Today is another day where it's a drag to be a South Carolina resident. I love my home state for the beautiful weather, awesome destination cities and generally great people. Charleston is home to gorgeous beaches and cuisine and brought us The Notebook. Columbia has rich history and is where...

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Rupi Kaur: The Poet Every Woman Needs to Read

(2) Comments | Posted January 22, 2015 | 11:26 AM

Rupi Kaur's first book, Milk and Honey is the poetry collection every woman needs on her nightstand or coffee table. Accompanied by her own sketches, the beautifully honest poems read like the everyday, collective experiences of today's modern woman. She experiences love, loss, pain and healing in different...

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Celebrities and the Jobs They May Have Had in Another Life

(0) Comments | Posted December 29, 2014 | 4:30 PM

NOTE: This post contains images that may be considered NSFW or inappropriate for some readers.

Sometimes it's hard to remember that celebrities have...erm, careers. (Besides vamping for cameras and sucking down Starbucks, of course). But what would happen if Hollywood ceased to exist and our favorite stars were forced to...

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We Shouldn't Be Cartwheeling Over the Lamilly Doll Just Yet

(1) Comments | Posted November 21, 2014 | 12:57 PM

Just in time for Christmas shopping, a new doll is hitting the shelves and mommy bloggers everywhere are rejoicing. The crowd funded Lamilly is here and is making a splash this week on the Internet thanks to her "average" physique. Certainly most of us are glad to see a thicker waistline and imperfections on Barbie's newest opponent. But we shouldn't be cartwheeling over her just yet.

Lamilly was designed using average body measurements provided by the Center for Disease Control. She has a shorter stature, shorter feet, a wider waistline and is a brunette. She comes with acne and cellulite stickers. And if you want your Lamilly to express her artistic side, you can even adorn her body with little tattoos.

All of these things should certainly be applauded. It's about time someone challenges Barbie's tiny, plastic throne. But I'm not sure Lamilly is ready to take on the queen of the plastics. Don't get me wrong, B still needs a lot of work, but it's going to take more than brown hair and a fuller physique to challenge Matel and Barbie's 50-year enterprise.

Lamilly's slogan, the one that along with her impressively larger backside is landing her headlines everywhere is: "Average is Beautiful." Upon first read, it's a pretty solid one. To feminists and moms it says that finally there is a doll that isn't proportioned in a way that would by physically excruciating-not to mention impossible if she were real. But there are still some issues here. Lamilly is all about her appearance. Unlike Barbie who came with life goals, careers and a back story, she doesn't have anything except for her appearance. This is a little backwards for a girl that is supposed to be challenging the notion that we need to obsess over a perfect appearance. Lamilly may not look Barbie-level-perfect but she is still obsessing over her appearance.

The other problem with Lamilly is the fact that she defines average. She tells girls that anything that doesn't look like her isn't average. So girls with non-Caucasian skin and features and who aren't this "average" size are being told they are not average and apparently not beautiful.

Now I'm aware that plastic dolls, whether or not they come with cellulite stickers, aren't going to change the way women are groomed to obsess over their appearance. That issue goes a little bit farther than what doll you got for Christmas when you were 5. However, Lamilly has potential and certainly is sparking great discourse on a topic that really needs to be addressed in today's society. But we shouldn't rush to congratulate doll makers just yet. Brown locks and a higher BMI aren't enough to make little Lamilly the every-girl doll. And I'm sure Barbie doesn't have cause to worry her pretty little head, just...

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We Need to Stop Judging Other Women for Their Halloween Costumes

(4) Comments | Posted October 30, 2014 | 11:33 AM

It's October, and the pumpkin spice lattes are out, apparently deeming the people carrying those coveted green and white cups "so basic." And after a month of passing these judgments based on beverage choices, as if they signify something about a person's intelligence and overall worth, we really take it...

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An Argument for All Fraternities to Go Through a Feminist Course

(0) Comments | Posted October 8, 2014 | 6:01 PM

Recently I stumbled upon yet another upsetting story about a fraternity disrespecting women. I know, what else is new?

This particular fraternity, the Phi Delta Theta chapter at Texas Tech University, decided it was a good idea to post a sign at their unsanctioned party that read "No Means...

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GOP Appeals to Women With Wedding Dresses

(0) Comments | Posted October 3, 2014 | 9:37 AM

After the last confusing and totally bizarre GOP ad that told us to dump Obama, our deadbeat boyfriend who we met online, Republican advertisers have done it again. This time, in another "culturally relevant" ad, they are appealing to women with wedding dresses. Because apparently, Beyoncé...

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All the Cool Kids Are Doing It: Chanel Joins the Celeb Feminist Club

(1) Comments | Posted October 1, 2014 | 11:36 AM

We've been dropping the f-word a lot lately in our media. Beyoncé lit it up in the VMAs, Joseph Gordon-Levitt melted hearts with his video on what feminism means to him and recently Emma Watson flawlessly spoke to the UN about the state of feminism today. It seems some of...

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Teenage Boys in Skirts Restored Our Faith in Humanity

(0) Comments | Posted September 29, 2014 | 2:03 PM

Earlier this month hemlines were high at Colégio Pedro II in Brazil. After seeing their transgender classmate Maria Muniz get suspended for wearing a skirt to school, the boys and girls of the school all wore skirts to show their support. As you can see from the photo that quickly...

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Cosmopolitan Is Researching Political Candidates So You Don't Have To

(0) Comments | Posted September 9, 2014 | 3:04 PM

Now you can be fun, fearless and politically savvy.

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Something very exciting is happening at the number one women's glossy. For the first time Cosmopolitan is endorsing political candidates. Basically, the editors now have your back on what colors are...

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How Not to Do Feminism: August Edition

(1) Comments | Posted September 2, 2014 | 1:23 PM

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By many standards, this month was a win for feminism. Thanks to Beyoncé, feminism was center stage, quite literally, in the media. And it has never looked better thanks to the flashing lights and its position next to Queen Bey herself. Alas, not...

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Definitive Proof that Rory Gilmore and Hermione Granger Would Be Best Friends

(1) Comments | Posted August 26, 2014 | 11:04 AM

1. Seven seasons. Seven books. Did we just become best friends?

If you're a true Potter fan, you know the significance of this powerful number and that coincidences such as these should never be overlooked.

2. Books galore.

Rory and Hermione both have a book collection that...

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