Newest Diet Fad Offers False Positive

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By Ashley-Michelle Papon As I prepare to celebrate my daughter's fourth month of life, it only takes a quick glance at my stomach to wish I could burn through the baby weight. My complaint isn't unusual; after all, losing weight has become America's pastime. According to the Aug. 12, 2010 edition of PR Newswire, most Americans … [Read more...]

Self-Esteem Boosting Tips for Teens

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As Adios Barbie continues to evolve, we have decided to expand our site to include voices of various ages and it starts with today’s post. We would like to introduce you to Becca Wertheim, the 19-year-old author of Live High on Life for Teens, which she wrote during her junior year of high school at 16 years of age. Currently, she … [Read more...]

Seeing Beauty in All: Over-40 Nudes

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By Sharon Haywood In the summer of 2010 photographer Keith Seat gave life to the project “Seeing Beauty in All: Over-40 Nudes” based out of Washington, DC. He has compiled a wonderful array of black-and-white photos, using non-professional models over the age of 4o. (The oldest models to date are in their mid-70s). He explains his … [Read more...]

Battling the Beauty Myth in Argentina

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In March 2011, the NGO AnyBody is holding international summits around the world. The aim is to save future generations of girls from the misery that turns women against their own bodies. The challenge is to make people understand how and why this is an emergency, to show them how they can do something about it, and to inspire … [Read more...]

Deconstructing Kanye’s “Monster”

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By Pia Guerrero, Founder and Co-Editor Last week we posted a petition calling to stop the official release of Kanye West’s “Monster” video for its eroticized depictions of death and extreme violence against women.  Since then news of the video and our petition to MTV and Universal Music has gained momentum causing bloggers and … [Read more...]

Older Leading Ladies and the Evolution of Hollywood

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Between 2003 and 2009, the number of roles for older women in film and on television more than doubled. Rebecca Keegan of the Los Angeles Times wrote: According to the Screen Actors Guild, in 2003 women older than 40 accounted for 11 percent of the female film and TV roles (excluding reality shows); by 2009 that number was up to … [Read more...]

Prevent Official Release of Kanye West’s Women-Hating Video

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Petition by Sharon Haywood and Melinda Tankard Reist HipHopConnection.com has leaked a video teaser for the Kanye West hit song "Monster" and what we've seen is beyond disturbing. In just 30 seconds, viewers take in image after image of eroticized violence against women: Dead women, clad in lingerie, hang by chains around … [Read more...]

Living a Limitless Life

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By Sharon Haywood “Imagine being born without arms. No arms to wrap around someone, no hands to experience touch, or to hold another hand with. Or what about being born without legs? Having no ability to dance, walk, run, or even stand on two feet. Now put both of those scenarios together: no arms and no legs. What would you do? … [Read more...]

Shaking All Types of Booty

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By Jennifer Jonassen At 37 years old and almost 350 pounds I decided to audition for a dance troupe in L.A. called R.A.I.D. (Random Acts of Irreverent Dance). I am now going into my third year with R.A.I.D. and it is my greatest pleasure to talk about the troupe that literally changed the course of my career and my life. … [Read more...]