The Sizing Nightmare: What do Labels Tell Us about Ourselves?

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By Valerie Kusler A recent article at the New York Times has the web buzzing with rants about the inconsistency of women's clothing sizes, which, as any woman who has ever bought clothes in the U.S. knows, is nothing new. Five years ago, Newsweek did an article on vanity sizing (manufacturers' practice of putting a smaller … [Read more...]

Plastic Wrap–Turning Against Cosmetic Surgery

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  Trend Line is Clear: Decline since 2004 By Margaret Morganroth Gullette It was a shock to find after I had a squamous cell carcinoma removed from the side of my nose that I needed cosmetic surgery. I trusted my surgeon, and I trust she did as good a job as she could. But as I feared, the repair didn’t go well: the … [Read more...]

Standing with Sluts

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By Hugo Schwyzer On April 3rd, 2011, the world’s first “Slut Walk" took place on the chilly streets of Toronto, Canada. The official site is here. The march was organized in response to the infuriating remarks of a police constable, who told a safety workshop at a Canadian university that “women should avoid dressing like sluts … [Read more...]

Khloe Can’t Keep Up with the Kardashians’ Body Standards

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By Ophira Edut I admit it: I kind of keep up with the sisters K. It's fascinating to watch size, class, race and gender issues all publicly collide in a series of ever-spinning spinoffs. Here are the olive-skinned Kardashians of ambiguous ethnicity, "white" and up-speaking enough to hang with the L.A. celebutantes, yet … [Read more...]

If You’re Fat, Your Paycheck Might Not Be

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By Ashley-Michelle Papon When it comes to cultural and social inequalities between men and women, the wage gap is one of the most widely accepted yet paradoxically ignored aspects of the gendered disparity. For over 30 years, equal pay has been the law of the land, though numerous independent studies have established that … [Read more...]

A Place for Me: Art, Porn, Feminism, and Race

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By Favianna Rodriguez Originally posted on Favianna.com; cross-posted with permission. I'm always excited when my art world merges with my personal world. As a visual artist, that personal world is one where I'm constantly imagining the sort of artwork I want to create. What kinds of images do I want to draw? What questions … [Read more...]

Sweet Revenge?

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By Anne Wennerstrand Sweet revenge? Or deep grieving interrupted? The NY Post recently celebrated (without a shred of critique) a disturbing new trend affecting middle-aged women in the wake of divorce. The article describes scores of women in their 30s, 40s, and 50s who undergo liposuction, Botox, breast surgery, and … [Read more...]

The False Mirror: On Diversity, Bizarre Barbies, and Body Image Activism

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By Sayantani DasGupta There’s a character on television’s The Vampire Diaries who is called “Vampire Barbie.” Which I think is kind of ironic. Because on the one hand, vampires aren’t supposed to see themselves in mirrors – and yet, that’s what the cultural icon of Barbie is all about. A certain kind of unattainable, … [Read more...]

The Right to Wear Bikinis: Who Owns It?

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File this one under "clueless media moment": today's People.com features Sara Rue, host of the wish-they-wouldn't-go-there reality show Shedding for the Wedding, triumphantly showing off her weight loss in a bikini. "Only a year and a half after she began the Jenny Craig program, Sara Rue has lost more than 50 lbs. – and 4 dress … [Read more...]

Period Panties & Body Shame: An OCD Journey Through My Underwear Drawer

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by Ophira Edut   Today, a small revolution happened. And it was in my underwear drawer. I threw out a pair of baggy, stretched-out, used-to-be-bikini but now verging on "granny panties" underwear that I bought at Gap Body literally a decade ago. They were cute in their heyday, light blue with flowers. And they've … [Read more...]