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Women’s News: 9 2013 Movies Written By Women That Everyone Should See ASAP

Women’s News: 9 2013 Movies Written By Women That Everyone Should See ASAP

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A Message From The Creator

Women’s News: 22 Things You Should Never Say To A Skinny Woman

Women’s News: 22 Things You Should Never Say To A Skinny Woman

Women’s News: 22 Things You Should Never Say To A Skinny Woman

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Women of all shapes and sizes are (unfortunately) subject to judgment and scrutiny based on their bodies. We’ve written extensively about the very specific prejudice that exists toward women who are considered larger, but we’ve heard stories from many of our naturally skinny readers about the frustrating comments they’ve encountered based on their smaller frames. Sadly, no matter your body type, you are not immune from hurtful jibes about your appearance.

HuffPost Beauty Editor Dana Oliver recently wrote a blog post about the “skinny-shaming” she’s experienced:

Whether a physician’s assistant is forcing me to get an EKG because my weight and height don’t correlate with what she’s learned in med school or I’m getting backhanded compliments from juice-crazed fashion insiders for being “so darn skinny,” my size is always a hot topic. But what everyone seems to forget is that it’s my body, and if I’m healthy, why all the criticism?

 

The beauty of human beings is that they don’t all look the same. Unfortunately, our frustrating standards of attractiveness get in the way of acknowledging the awesome diversity of women’s bodies. Everyone probably slips up from time to time and says something you later regret about another woman’s figure. So to avoid those mean-spirited comments in the future, we asked our Facebook and Twitter communities for things that you should never say to a skinny woman.

Readers, strike these phrases out of your lexicon once and for all:

1. “You look anorexic!”

2. “You’re so thin, you make me sick.”

3. “Eat a hamburger!”

4. “You look like a toothpick.”

5. “You’re probably too skinny to breastfeed.”

6. “Do you ever eat anything?”

7. “Must be nice to be so thin.”

8. “Do you have an eating disorder?”

9. “You’d look so much better if you’d just put some meat on your bones.”

10. “You’re too healthy.”

11. “How can you be insecure when you’re so small?”

12. “You know, my other friend just got help for her bulimia.”

13. “You’re so skinny, I hate you.”

14. “Do you need help?”

15. “You’re skinny. You never have to worry about what you eat.

16. “‘Real’ women have curves.”

17. “Why do you need to work out? You’re skinny!”

18. “How much did it cost to get your body like that?”

19. “Of course you’re cold! You have no fat on you.”

20. “I wish I had your problem.”

21. “Be careful or you’ll get blown away.” (On rainy or windy days.)

22. “You look like a boy.”

In other words, don’t make assumptions about a woman’s health or eating habits based on her looks alone — regardless of her size. Almost all of us could stand to be kinder to ourselves about our appearances, and to other women about theirs.

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Women’s News: 9 2013 Movies Written By Women That Everyone Should See ASAP

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It’s a frustrating, yet all too common, experience to go to the movies and be presented with female characters who are insultingly stereotypical and one-dimensional — ifthey’re present at all. But women-helmed films like Bridesmaids and The Heat prove that movies can be both critically and financially successful, and present women as funny and interesting independent from their relationships with men.

Creating more of these characters is not just a matter of securing dynamic on-screen talent (although, getting Melissa McCarthy is always a major win). It also requires bolstering the numbers of women behind the screen, especially those who have the ability to create strong female characters in the first place: the screenwriters. According to the Women’s Media Center, women currently make up only 18 percent of all key behind the scenes roles in Hollywood films and a recent study found that between 1991 and 2000, women wrote 14 percent of spec scripts sold and only 9 percent between 2010 and 2012.

In light of this underrepresentation, it’s key that we do everything we can to support the female screenwriters whose work does make it to the big screen. To help you in this endeavor, we’ve rounded up the best female-written films from 2013 that you should run and see (and a few to look forward to):

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1. “The Heat” written by Katie Dippold.
This movie, both written by and starring women, not only earned $40 million its opening weekend, but was widely embraced by moviegoers. Though Dippold has written for TV before (including Amy Poehler’s show, Parks and Recreation), “The Heat” is her first feature film.

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2. “Frances Ha” co-written by Greta Gerwig
Though Greta Gerwig has made a name for herself as a successful actress, she shares a writing credit with “Frances Ha” director, and partner, Noah Baumbach. The movie, which focuses on two 20-something female friends, has been embraced by critics and audiences alike.

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3. “Before Midnight” co-written by Julie Delpy
The third in a famed trilogy, “Before Midnight” chronicles one tumultuous day and night in the relationship of a married couple. Julie Delpy, who co-wrote and stars in the film, portrays a complex and dynamic character that is all too hard to come by today. “This movie isn’t fantasy,” Delpy told GQ in April.

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4. “Admission” written by Karen Croner
The overpowering adorableness of Tina Fey and Paul Rudd as a couple would be enough to make this movie a draw — the fact that it’s written by a woman, too, just seals the deal.

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5. “The To Do List” written by Maggie Carey
“The To Do List,” written and directed by Maggie Carey, approaches the teen sex comedy genre from a new perspective, chronicling the adventures of a nerdy teen girl as she tries to gain some sexual experience before she heads off to college.

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6. “Girl Most Likely” written by Michelle Morgan
Though “Girl Most Likely” officially premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2012, it is receiving a wide release on July 19th. It also stars our ultimate girl crush, Kristin Wiig, as a 30-something woman doing some soul-searching, as well as powerhouse Annette Benning as her mother — a talented female duo if there ever was one.

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7. “The Lifeguard” written by Liz W. Garcia
The aforementioned lifeguard is played by Kristen Bell, an actress best known for playing a strong female character in “Veronica Mars.” Its controversial storyline (Bell plays an almost 30-year-old who gets involved with a 16-year-old boy when she returns to her hometown), and stellar cast make us want to check out this film.

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8. “Paradise” written by Diablo Cody
Not a lot of information has been released about this film, other than that it’s written by Academy Award-winning screenwriter Diablo Cody (the writer of the much-beloved film “Juno“) and stars Julianne Hough, Holly Hunter, Russell Brand and Nick Offerman. Just going off of Cody’s track record, we’re sure this will be a movie worth seeing.

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9. “Saving Mr. Banks” written by Kelly Marcel
“Saving Mr. Banks” won’t be released until December of this year, but the trailer was released yesterday. The film — which chronicles Walt Disney’s relationship with Mary Poppins author P. L. Travers (played by the incomparable Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson) — is already generating quite a bit of buzz. We’ll definitely be seeing this one.

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