Check out our Body Outlaws book (formerly Adios, Barbie)! Edited by our very own Adiosbarbie.com co-founder, Ophi, with handy dandy bodylovin’ exercises from Pia, the site” other co-founder. If you like the blog, you’ll love the book!
Pick up a magazine, turn on the TV, and you’ll find few women who haven’t been fried, dyed, plucked, or tucked. In short, you’ll see no body outlaws. The writers in this groundbreaking anthology reveal a world where bodies come in all their many-splendored shapes, sizes, colors, and textures. In doing so, they expand the national dialogue on body image to include race, ethnicity, sexuality, and power-issues that, while often overlooked, are intimately linked to how women feel about their bodies. Body Outlaws offers stories by those who have chosen to ignore, subvert, or redefine the dominant beauty standard in order to feel at home in their bodies. In a culture where plastic surgery has become nearly as routine as a root canal, this expanded and updated edition of fresh and incisive commentary challenges the media’s standard notions of beauty with honesty and humor. Included are several new essays outlining the latest trends in the beauty industry such as Botox, plastic surgery, and exercise bulimia, as well as a fascinating analysis of how men are affected by these same rigors, a thorough resource section, and a curriculum guide.
The breezy, irreverent essays in Adios, Barbie (now called Body Outlaws) are a welcome antidote to the narrow cultural consciousness the tiny doll has fostered for more than 40 years. While thousands of little girls worship Barbie’s plasticine perfection, those who wind up dissatisfied with the message she sends–be white, be skinny, be stacked, be pretty, and then you’ll be loved–can tell you how a toy skews body image in the real world. Among whites talking trash about blacks and upwardly mobile black folks, notes Erin J. Aubry, big butts are suspect–“low-class and ghettoish,” the antithesis of Barbie’s tightly tucked derriere. Yet on good days, Aubry applauds her ample proportions, for “unlike hair or skin, the butt is stubborn, immutable–it can’t be hot-combed or straightened or bleached into submission. It does not assimilate; it never took a slave name.” In “Fishnets, Feather Boas, and Fat,” Nomy Lam–a 250-pound, 22-year-old disabled woman–and friends e (more…)