New Doll Reflects the Average Woman

In a material-driven world, what we see on the screen can start to make us believe it is reality. Nickolay Lamm, artist and producer of the company Lammily, is combating these negative thoughts with the creation of the newest doll, “The Average Doll.”

Lamm created this toy to prove his theory that toys can be problematic to children. With accurate proportions of a waistline and thighs and even attachable “marks” such as cellulite and acne, the doll is the most realistic toy available to children.

Under the description of the doll of the company’s website at, which runs for $25 online, the doll is described as, “The first fashion doll made according to typical human body proportions to promote realistic beauty standards.”

The doll has proportions that are based on scientific research. “The Average Doll” mirrors the average measurements of a 19-year-old woman according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Lamm decided to create the doll after asking to himself, “What would happen if fashion dolls were made using standard human body proportions?” He created a campaign to fund this project and received huge support and raised nearly $560, 000.

The doll has received more than 14,000 backers for the project and preordered over 19,000 dolls.

The most distinct feature about this doll are the “marks” that are available as a sticker pack separate from the doll. These marks feature different body features such as acne, cellulite, scars and scrapes.

According to, the stickers were one of the most important elements of the doll. He states, “The cellulite, acne and stretch marks, I honestly don’t know what kids think of those stickers specifically, but they liked the general concept. I put those stickers in there because they symbolize that reality is beautiful.”

Children’s response to the doll has been positive. Lamm set up a control group with a school in Pittsburgh to see how children would react with this new concept of a toy. The children made statements such as, “She looks like my sister,” or “She reminds me of my mom.” Lamm stated he couldn’t have asked for a better reaction from the children.

The Lammily company has set high sights for the future of these dolls. Lamm hopes to produce more dolls that reflect more ethnicities to represent a broader range of children.

Video of children’s reaction to the doll here: – t=87

-Rachel Rogala

Ohio University Women’s Center Volunteer

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Being a Better Bystander

My coworker (Bill Arnold) and I have been working on being more effective bystanders for over a year now. We have facilitated trainings, spoken one-on-one with people who want to know how to help those around them, and even told our own stories to veritable strangers. Perhaps one of the most important things to remember about being an active bystander is to do what you can when you can. I want to share the story of a time when I decided that I was able to offer to help a woman on Court Street.

This past summer, my partner and I were out celebrating his birthday. On our way home from the bars on Court Street, I felt a woman bump past me as she was briskly walking in the opposite direction. A man was following her and repeatedly tried to grab her arm, telling her to stop. She yelled “get off of me” and “go away!” I felt a pull to do something, to say something, to help her in some way. I told my partner to wait a minute and then went back to the girl, happily squealing “Hey Ashley!” I had just invented that name on the spot. “How are you? I haven’t seen you in so long! Come and get a drink with us so we can catch up.” Not surprisingly, she looked confused.

A few seconds later, a look of dawning comprehension crossed her face. She understood that I was trying to give her an excuse to get away from a guy who would not leave her alone. At this point, she thanked me and told me that the man who was following her was, in fact, her ex-boyfriend. They were simply having a post-breakup argument. She was grateful that someone had stopped to make sure that she was okay and offer her a means of escape in case she had been in a terrible situation. Surprisingly, her ex-boyfriend also thanked me for taking the time to stop and make sure that she was alright.

Of course, the situation was mildly embarrassing and I felt a bit sheepish about having interrupted a dispute. But it is important to remember that the next time I run into someone who looks like they are in need of help, they may truly need someone to just stop and ask if they are okay. I will try my best to be aware of those around me in case someone is in need.

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-Hannah Abrahamson

Ohio University Women’s Center Staff

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Walk a Mile Reflection

This past Saturday, the Walk A Mile In Her Shoes march took place on Ohio University’s campus, with over 140 men marching. The demographic of men that marched was unique this year as compared to past marches, in that it took place during the “Dads Weekend” that the campus hosts. While the march has not always corresponded with Dads Weekend, I believe that it should in the future. There were many dads who marched in solidarity with their sons. To observe this type of interaction between a father and son was pretty amazing, and I only wish that my own father had been here with me. Apart from father/son duos there was also a great number or ROTC men, fraternity men, and men not affiliated with a specific group but wanted to share their support nonetheless. While the purpose of WAM is to bring awareness to the type of harassment women on out campus face as a result of the rape culture that is sustained, WAM also demonstrates one of the many ways in which men can be allies to women. A major first step that men need to take before they can become an ally to women is to recognize the types of privilege that men have in our society. This could include recognizing that men almost always have the first and last word in any decision, discussion, or interaction on this campus. As a solution, or at least recognition of this privilege, men can sit quietly and listen to other groups speak and hear what they have to say.

Another way in which men can become allies it by participating in Women’s Center events, taking a WGSS intro class or Feminist Theory course, or even sitting down with the women of their families and asking them what types of issues they face in our society on a daily basis. While this last step may seem like an obvious conversation that should already be occurring, in reality women are not often asked about their experiences and therefore a culture of silence is created that perpetuates sexist behaviors and attitudes towards women. I invite all men to attend a Women’s Center brown bag lunch discussion, which are held on Thursdays at noon, or one of the Women’s Center film and discussion events, which are typically held on Wednesday afternoons at 4:00pm. While this may seem uncomfortable for men who are first time visitors to the WC, it is a crucial first stage in becoming an ally to women to step outside one’s comfort zone (i.e. privilege) and to take the initiative to learn about what is really happening on the bricks of Court Street and around the country.

-Kyle Serrott

Women’s Center Student Employee and ally

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Representation in Media is Crucial

cropped-watermarked_cover4     Media is a representation of reality. This means the media is composed of perceptions of what life is and then broadcast to viewers at home. The media can be used with good intentions, such as raising awareness and reaching networks of people, but a current problem that the media faces is misrepresentation.


Cinderella and Prince Charming in “Disney Reality”

Representation in the media is the way particular groups, communities, races, ideologies and topics are presented in a certain format. For example, Disney portrays different fantasy lands of princesses and princes and then its audience, mostly comprising of young children, watch what is perceived as Disney’s “reality.” This creates a spectrum of types of media presented, such as sci-fi to reality TV to cook books to TMZ. Most media outlets are used for entertainment or conveying a message to consumers, which is what our culture wants. But, the all-powerful tool of giving entertainment to the masses can have a negative effect when used incorrectly.

According to The Representation Project, women represent 28% of roles in top-grossing films in 2012. Also, only 6 percent of the top 100 films of 2012 had a balanced cast of women and men. These statistics are shocking, but many question why this is a problem, or how this could affect people’s minds. Marian Wright Elderman, founder and president of the Childrens Defense Fund, states, “You can’t believe what you can’t see.” This quote truly reflects the poorly portrayed “reality” in entertainment: white, good-looking men always playing the lead role while the supporting women act only as a love interest and always stay in the shadow of the lead male, women in roles that are shallow and not complex-characters, or women portrayed as “the bitch” and cold-hearted in positions of power.


Dames Making Games Ad

Repeated exposures of these stereotypes create social norms. For example, seeing thinner models over and over again can portray a cultural opinion that skinny is normal, when the average woman is not like the model. One study mentioned by The Representation Project reflects this statement: repeated exposure to sexual video games and music videos is linked to men’s acceptance of rape myths and sexual harassment.

Recently, there have been organizations that are trying to break the media’s stereotypes and place minorities in the spotlight. One organization called Dames Making Games has a mission of, “providing free events, workshops, resources and services to women/trans*/queer folks interested in making, playing and critiquing video games,” according to Also, a webseries titled, “MisSpelled,” is aiming to include women of color in a fantasy series, which you can view here.

We consume hours upon hours of media everyday. When you take a step back, what do you see? Who is broadcasting the news, or playing the lead role, or posing on the cover of that magazine? Do you see your friends, your family, or yourself? Or is it portraying something else?

The media has the responsibility to portray a reality that accurately reflects all groups of people. Without this representation, young people will not have role models to look up to. Representation has the opportunity to reflect on who we are as a nation and celebrate who we are as a people.

-Rachel Rogala

Ohio University Women’s Center Volunteer

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Get “Pumped”!!!

Walk a Mile in Her Shoes is November 8th at 12pm!

Walk a Mile in Her Shoes is the international men’s march to stop rape, sexual assault, and gender violence.

heels-for-sw-hiRape, sexual assault and gender violence are often thought of as exclusively women’s issues. While being part of the problem men play in a role in sexual assault and are integral components to preventing violence against women.

During Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, male participants will be walking a mile on campus in women’s shoes to raise awareness about the role men play in preventing sexual assault. Female volunteers can participate as sideline support.

Check in and registration will take place outside the Women’s Center, 403 Baker University Center, at 11 am. The march will begin around 12:00 pm.

Get involved days before the big event with Walk a Mile Week!


Wishing you a fabulous weekend!

Ohio University Women’s Center Staff

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Are you Considering Applying for the Young Women Leaders Program?

Read a few thoughts from Leah Brown, a member of the Women’s Center Staff and co-founder of the Young Women Leaders Program at Ohio University:

Screen Shot 2014-10-07 at 4The Young Women Leaders Program is something very near and dear to my heart. As a seventh grader, I was coming out of being bullied and didn’t really feel like I fit anywhere. When I was invited to join YWLP, I felt like it was going to be just a waste of my time. I didn’t think I’d get anything out of it and I definitely didn’t think that I’d have anything in common with a woman in college. In my opinion, I wasn’t really a leader at all.

Now that I am a junior at Ohio University and helping to start our branch of the YWLP family, I can see that I was very wrong to have those thoughts. I am extremely confident in my leadership and interpersonal skills now. YWLP strengthened my confidence in myself and allowed me to come to a safe, close-knit environment. To this day I am in still in contact with my big sister from seventh grade. The bond that I formed with not only my mentor but with my fellow little sisters has been a long lasting one.

The Young Women Leaders Program is seeking undergraduate women to serve as mentors and role models to middle school girls in the area. Applications are due to the Women’s Center, 403 Baker Center, on this Friday, October 31st. Applications are available in the Women’s Center and online.

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Support Emily Burns, our Amazing Graduate Assistant!

Friends, Faculty and Colleagues,

I’m writing to invite you to an All-Day NYC Marathon Fundraising Open House in the Women’s Center (Baker 403) on October, 27th.

My name is Emily Bu414189_3186637178806_223608833_o (1)rns; some of you may know me from my time as an undergrad in WGSS or from my more recent position as Graduate Assistant at the Women’s Center.  I’m also a second year Master’s student in Public Administration at the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs.   I’ve been given a fantastic opportunity to run this year’s New York City Marathon on November 2nd with Team Healthy Kids, a subsidiary of the Chicago-based non-profit, Action for Healthy Kids. I’ve committed to a fundraising goal of $3500 for the organization and I hope you’ll be able to help me reach my goal. Having grown up with a dietician/nutritionist for a mother, healthy living and a balanced diet have always been a high priority for me.  This awareness was heightened when I moved away from home and into my freshman dorm at Ohio University where I met the people who would become my best friends and biggest supporters.  One in particular has pushed me and inspired me to physical feats I never thought possible, and it is in her honor that I’ve seized this opportunity and run with it (pun intended!).  As a teenager, she struggled with an eating disorder and crippling body dissatisfaction. Together we’ve grown into confident, capable accomplished young women, but her performance as an athlete (she has completed 3 half-iron mans, 7 full triathlons, 2 marathons and numerous smaller races) continues to drive me and inspire me. It also reinforces the importance of the work that Action for Healthy Kids does through grants and education around the country. By helping schools provide balanced breakfasts as well as the tools for successful and sustainable physical education programs, they are laying the foundation for healthy kids with healthy minds who have the energy and confidence to be their best selves.

It is in this spirit that I seek your support.  This will be my fourth marathon in the last three years. I’ve run the Athens Marathon for the past three years, the Union Hospital Run For Home Half Marathon in 2012, eight 5ks intermittently dispersed, all in all logging over 800 training miles in the last five years.  If someone had told me even 3 years ago that I’d be running marathons, let alone a marathon as celebrated and competitive as the NYC marathon, I would never have believed it! But I’ve worked incredibly hard to reach this level of physical and mental strength and it is my sincere hope that you will help me on this journey of self-discove534151_4895413229717_2131099534_n (1)ry and philanthropy.

During the Open House, I’ll be available all day to answer any questions about Action For Healthy Kids and my own personal training journey. If you would like to donate but are unable to attend, you can do so on my crowdrise page:

I’m only able to accept donations until November 5th, so please don’t delay, donate today!

Thank you so much for your support, please feel free to contact me with any questions,

Emily Burns​​

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