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Sheila Moeschen is the Senior Editor for I AM THAT GIRL, an organization that empowers young women to BE, LOVE, and EXPRESS who they really are.

Her work has appeared in print and online. Read more at

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Cute Ears: Sara Benincasa's Hilarious Body Image Take Down

(1) Comments | Posted June 22, 2016 | 5:21 PM

In her new short film, Focus Group, comedian and author Sara Benincasa strips down to nothing but her underwear and stands in front of six strangers paid to evaluate her body, referred to as her "brand." Cringe. Wince. The phrase "it's funny because it's true" floated...

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Shameless: Broad City Takes on Period Shaming

(0) Comments | Posted May 17, 2016 | 1:32 PM

I was ten when I read Judy Blume's now legendary novel Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret where Margaret and her friends ride the emotional pendulum between elation and despair over either starting or waiting for their periods. Bullshit, I recall muttering. My period was two years away from...

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Feel So Bad, So Good: Blues/Soul Singer Julie Rhodes at The Lizard Lounge

(0) Comments | Posted May 2, 2016 | 12:56 PM

Julie Rhodes wants to make you feel bad in the best possible way. The crowd sandwiched into The Lizard Lounge, one of Boston's storied, shaggy music venues, on a recent Saturday night have enjoyed the two other bands on the bill--Gold Blood and the Associates (a...

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The Unlikely Place I Found Body Acceptance

(1) Comments | Posted April 20, 2016 | 4:24 PM

The women's restroom in any place--a club, a restaurant, an airport, a mall--is a hub of anthropological activity. Spend any time in these spaces that range in atmosphere and style from harshly lit NASA lab-chic to first class ladies' lounge on the Titanic and you'll bear witness to the collective...

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Songs and Swagger: Jonatha Brooke at Tupelo Music Hall

(0) Comments | Posted February 26, 2016 | 10:02 AM

Confidence is sexy. Watching singer/songwriter Jonatha Brooke command the stage at a recent show at The Tupelo Music Hall in Londonderry New Hampshire, I'm reminded why some clichés are true. But it's more than confidence that Brooke exudes, it's a kind of joyful swagger that comes from a...

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Why We Need to Keep Talking About Feminism

(1) Comments | Posted January 26, 2016 | 10:32 AM

I was lucky to score one of the high top tables in the crowded cafe, and therefore wasn't surprised when I heard a voice say, "Is anyone sitting here? Mind if I do?" I looked up to see a short man standing by the chair. He was probably in his...

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Carrie Fisher and the Cult of Casual Body Shaming

(3) Comments | Posted January 6, 2016 | 3:30 PM

When Carrie Fisher appeared on screen in The Force Awakens, all the hairs on my arms stood up. I smiled. Then I winced. Who was this actor who looked like she could hardly move her own lips? I winced with the resigned understanding that no one truly is exempt from...

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'Help' Is Your Superpower

(1) Comments | Posted December 4, 2015 | 9:44 AM

I don't think I've ever heard my mother say the word, not in a meaningful way at least.


My mother came out of the Mad Men era of Manhattan. She quit her job as a secretary for a huge financial firm on Wall Street -- liquid lunches...

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Sermonizing at The Sinclair: Josh Ritter in Concert

(3) Comments | Posted October 21, 2015 | 5:08 PM

Not too many men can rock a pair of retro gas station coveralls. Then again, singer/songwriter Josh Ritter is about as far from your average guy as you can get. Ritter bounded exuberantly on stage at The Sinclair nightclub in Cambridge, MA Monday night, proudly sporting the aforementioned...

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Boston Comic Dana J. Bein on His First Comedy Albums and Why They Still Count

(0) Comments | Posted September 25, 2015 | 4:42 PM

Like any other comedian, Boston-based stand-up comic Dana J. Bein is ruled by "the hustle." Comedy's DYI culture makes it easier than ever to create and share content. There is no reason to wait -- for agents or network deals. It also means there is no time to wait. That's...

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When Will Ladies Rule Late Night?

(1) Comments | Posted September 10, 2015 | 5:55 PM

This week Stephen Colbert joined a legacy of funny men helming late night television dating back nearly sixty years. I loved The Colbert Report and already miss Colbert's self-righteous ridiculousness and arrogant indignation that outfitted his Colbert Report character, making him one of our most important and necessary media and...

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Stop Photoshopping Your Story

(1) Comments | Posted July 29, 2015 | 5:26 PM

I didn't mean to come clean, but before I could stop myself the words were out of my mouth.

I agreed to meet Alexis for coffee. I work with an organization called I AM THAT GIRL where we empower young girls to healthy self-esteem and self-worth. I...

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Art Drives Activism: One Musician's Response to Charleston

(0) Comments | Posted June 23, 2015 | 2:59 PM

I moved to Chicago seven days before September 11th. There is a lot that is unforgettable about the weeks that followed, but what stands out in my memories are the musicians. Guitarists, bucket drummers, small quartets, beat box slam poets--they leaked out onto street corners, onto El platforms, or in...

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Why I Don't Buy Lady Mags

(7) Comments | Posted June 3, 2015 | 12:29 PM

I remember the first time a lady mag let me down. I was fourteen. Seventeen Magazine featured a small DIY segment before DIY was chic or marketable. "Turn the cuff of an old sweatshirt into a stylish headband!" chirped the copy. I did not let the fact that I had...

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Ruining Romance: The '80s Rock Power Ballad

(1) Comments | Posted April 29, 2015 | 3:14 PM

The summer I was thirteen, Kerry Flanagan and I took turns sleeping over at each other's houses. We stayed up all night playing Rummy 500 and listening to Rock101, the local rock station. It was the late 1980s, the high holy days of hair metal, dudes in spandex, and girls...

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The Girl Stays In The Dress

(1) Comments | Posted April 8, 2015 | 11:31 AM

I couldn't wait to wear the dress. It looked like something plucked out of the costume closet on the "Sound of Music" set -- white cotton with an empire waist and three-quarter-length sleeves. The bodice was heart-shaped and the material was marked with the faintest striping pattern in thin, satin...

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Aural Fixation: RIP Mixtape

(2) Comments | Posted February 27, 2015 | 3:14 PM

"Isn't this cool?" I said to him, holding up the t-shirt. It had come as part of singer/songwriter Martin Sexton's pre-order bundle for his new CD, Mixtape Of The Open Road. A list of tour dates skated down the backside. On the front was a cassette tape rendered in retro-distressed...

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The Only Thing Shocking About Glamour's Body Image Survey

(0) Comments | Posted October 21, 2014 | 5:31 PM

I nearly fell off the elliptical this morning watching the segment on TODAY about Glamour Magazine's recent survey on body image. The survey was a follow-up to a study conducted 30 years ago, asking women how they felt about their bodies. Thirty years ago: not so...

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Just Say Knope to Feminism

(19) Comments | Posted September 4, 2014 | 6:09 PM

"Beyonce's brand of empowerment isn't perfect," wrote Jessica Bennet in Time Magazine, "but her VMA performance on Sunday accomplished what activists could not: She took feminism to the masses." True, Beyonce left nothing to the imagination when she sauntered out of the smoke to stand in front of...

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Why I'm Breaking up With Busy

(2) Comments | Posted June 25, 2014 | 3:59 PM

Rory Uphold is the creative groove behind HelLA, a smart, witty web series about living on planet LA. A friend zapped me one of her videos, "Pretentious Hollywood." Two friends run into each other on the street and the small talk revolves around -- what else -- but a grocery...

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