Tag Archives: Body Image

“It’s just a harmless advertisement”: On liposuction, media, and perpetuation of sexism

TweetArticle originally appeared on TheFeministWire.com, May 10, 2013. Several weeks ago, Bucknell University, my alma mater, published its weekly campus newspaper. While just about every edition of The Bucknellian has some article or opinion piece that makes you raise an eyebrow or shake your head, this particular week’s paper contained something that sparked outrage across [...]
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Why Dove’s “Real Beauty Sketches” Can Do Better

TweetYesterday, Dove launched a new addition to its ongoing Real Beauty campaign. “Real Beauty Sketches” features a social experiment in women’s perceptions of themselves. In the video, a forensic artist draws as women describe their own faces. He then listens to acquaintances describe the same women. He creates two sketches: one the women helped to create themselves, [...]
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Barbies will ruin my future daughter’s life, and here’s why

TweetLast week I made a somewhat precocious decision: at 22, with no prospect of getting married or pregnant in the near future, I decided that I will never buy my future daughter a Barbie. I am sure she will beg for one, and I will allow that real parents might say I don’t know what [...]
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Beauty and the media

TweetThink about your idea of beauty. Is it a full-bodied girl with a little bit of chubbiness around the hips? Or maybe a boy with muscles like rocks? A girl who can fit into size 00 clothes? In all likelihood, your idea of beauty comes from the media. And right now, that means skinny. Skinny [...]
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On fatshion

Tweet I just finished the book my Mom gave my for my birthday, a book I’ve really been looking forward to reading, Hot & Heavy: Fierce Fat Girl on Life, Love, & Fashion edited by Virgi Tovar.  I became aware of Fat Activism in a class I took my last semester of college called Women [...]
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