Tangled: Going Beyond the Disney Princess Mold

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**SPOILER ALERT: Key plot details revealed** By Valerie Kusler The new hit Tangled – Disney’s 50th animated motion picture – is in many ways what you would expect from a Disney princess movie: the beautiful, thin, white, green-eyed, blonde-haired heroine waits for her life to begin (AKA waits for her prince or other … [Read more...]

3 Ways to Be the Reason for the Season

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By Pia Guerrero Well it's that time of the year. The holidays are here and whether you celebrate Christmas, Kwanzaa, or festivus for the rest of us it can be exhausting. Without notice, running around turns your festive feelings into a frumpy Scrooge. With to-do lists piling up, the season of giving morphs into the season of, “I … [Read more...]

The Lowdown on Aging

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By Cherry Woodburn at The Mother Load These days, and for many years now, I can say with ease: • I’m smart. • I'm confident in my abilities. • I’m a good problem solver. • I say no. • I make friends easily. • I’m willing to take risks. • I’m worth showering myself with self-care. • I’ve learned to tame my inner … [Read more...]

The Hijab: Can it Promote a Healthy Self Image?

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By Sharon Haywood, Co-Editor Several years ago while traveling through Malaysia, I had the opportunity to visit a mosque in Kuala Lumpur, the country's capital. Despite my modest dress (a long flowing skirt and a loose-fitting blouse that covered my arms), the mosque required that I wear an abaya, a cloak that covered my head, … [Read more...]

Adios, Superman?

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By Crystal Smith Chris Godsey, author of the article “Men & Body Image,” notes that body image is no longer an exclusive female problem. Believing that we can fix body image issues he asks, “Where do we start?” In answer to his question, I say we begin by looking at the toys and media images that surround our young … [Read more...]

Putting “Proper” Clothes on Mariah Carey. Thanks Saudi Arabia!

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By Pia Guerrero, Co-Founder and Co-Editor I just came across this post at Jezebel revealing an interesting make-over of Mariah Carey. The new Mariah no longer sports a body baring tube top. Her body jewelry has disappeared and a simple top covers her shoulders, chest and trunk. Clearly the old school Butterfly album cover has … [Read more...]

EDNOS: The Eating Disorder You Haven’t Heard Of

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Editor’s note: Under the recently released DSM-V (2013) EDNOS is now categorized as OSFED (Other Specified Feeding and Eating Disorder). See the National Eating Disorders Association for additional information.  By Michelle Cantrell of VenusVision.com When I received the diagnosis of Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Specified … [Read more...]

The Skinny on Pregnancy Weight Gain

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By Julie M. Green As soon as you fall pregnant, suddenly everyone is an expert extolling advice, whether you want it or not. Whole bookstore shelves are jam packed with “manuals” telling you what to do and what not to do when you’re expecting.  One such “commandment” recommends a 25-35lbs weight gain during pregnancy, regardless … [Read more...]

What About Acne Acceptance?

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By Heather Roberts at Wise Grrrl The feminist blogosphere has buzzed with fat acceptance, which is great, but I wonder what about acne acceptance? I have zits, pimples[1], and rosacea; all three plague my face, arms, and back. Every day, I am consumed with conscientious feelings. I always think that someone is going to find me … [Read more...]