Tag Archives: Beauty

Doing it #ForYourSelfie

TweetIn February, I started a project called #ForYourSelfie with the goal of taking back the selfie for the greater good. In my undergraduate women’s studies course, we had been given the simple homework assignment of taking a natural-looking selfie and bringing it to class. We weren’t informed about what we’d be doing with said selfies, [...]
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How to Be a Short-Haired Female

TweetIf you have been keeping up with your beauty magazines, you’ll have noticed an increase in the number of famous actresses and singers who have cut their hair short. Short short. Not short like a bob hairdo, short like my father Bob’s hairdo. Perhaps you would like to cut your hair short, but you’re afraid [...]
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Liberating Beauty: A Conversation with Sins Invalid’s Patty Berne

TweetThis piece originally appeared on D. Allen’s website, The Body Connected.  Last week I had the pleasure of talking with Patty Berne, director and co-founder of Sins Invalid, a Bay Area-based organization and performance project that centralizes artists from historically marginalized communities. If you are remotely interested in (A) disability justice, (B) sexy and smart performance [...]
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The Miss America who could never be Miss India?

TweetIn a recent vitriolic article (here), Asha Rangappa, Associate Dean of the Yale Law School, suggests that Nina Davuluri, Miss America 2014, could never have been crowned Miss India, because of her decidedly brown skin. Indians, you see, prefer light skin. So far so good. Kind of. First Miss Rangappa presumes that Nina Davuluri looks [...]
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Beauty That’s ‘Real’

Tweet“Love the skin you’re in!” “Real women, real beauty.” “Beauty at any size!” You’ll likely recognise the above phrases, which, rather than necessitating quotation, were plucked from my arse. I mean mind. (Bum/mind/waist-to-hip ratio; telling the difference is as hard as it is futile.) Such clichés are the mantras of the body-positive ‘movement’: a barrage [...]
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