Two Steps Forward, One Step Back: Playboy, Porn, and Pole Dancing

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By Sheena Vasani, Intern (2011) “Would you rather have brains or beauty?” “Beauty,” replies the Miss University London beauty pageant contestant adding because if she weren’t beautiful “nobody would want to listen to her anyway.” Should we assume this quote came from newspaper archives, maybe from the 50s? Unfortunately not. … [Read more...]

The Self-Esteem Act Calls for Truth in Advertising

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By Pia Guerrero, Co-Founder/Editor Women and girls are bombarded everyday with thousands of media messages, from billboards to bus stops ads, telling us our worth is not in who we are, but in what we look like. The media and our culture tell us we should be sexy, thin, young, and perfect—just like the actresses and models … [Read more...]

A New Era of Gender Neutrality?

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By Ashley-Michelle Papon Earlier this summer, Google Plus debuted as the newest social networking service. Although technophiles immediately took to review sites to predict Google Plus' inevitable rise to surpass its predecessor Facebook for advances in technology and design, social activists couldn't help but notice the advance … [Read more...]

How Diets Decrease Your Self-Esteem and Not Your Size!

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Dieting and Body Image: The Facts By Maddie Ruud from hubpages.com Raking in $40 billion every year, the diet industry is one of the most profitable areas of our economy today. One out of three women and one out of four men are on a diet at any given time. With these statistics, you well may wonder why the so-called … [Read more...]

This Is Why I Worry About “The Help”

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By Tami Winfrey Harris A lot of folks have been giving the whole idea of a book, written by a Southern white woman,  about black domestics in 1960s Mississippi, the side eye. I understand. When my book club decided to read Kathryn Stockett's The Help last year, I was ambivalent. The book was a popular best-seller with rave … [Read more...]

Expressing Disorder: Art Therapies for Eating Disorder Treatment

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By Valerie Kusler Several years ago, David Alvarado learned that the woman he had recently fallen in love with was severely bulimic. Never having been exposed to eating disorders (EDs) at a personal level, questions swirled around his head, but answers were elusive. The more David read about EDs, the more he wanted to understand … [Read more...]

Jess Weiner: When Loving Your Body Goes Wrong

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By Pia Guerrero “How Loving My Body Almost Killed Me”, a Glamour magazine interview with popular body image and self-acceptance advocate, Jess Weiner, hit magazine stands today. As you can imagine, many size-acceptance activists and advocates are not embracing the title--or the piece. … [Read more...]

Thembi Ngubane’s Story: HIV and AIDS Acceptance

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By Sayantani DasGupta "Our parents struggled against apartheid, they wanted to be free. And it is the same with HIV/AIDS. This is the new struggle." – Thembi Ngubane Thembi Ngubane was a 19-year-old South African woman from Khayelitsha township, outside Cape Town. She never thought she would inspire people from around the … [Read more...]

Of Shame and Pride: Confronting My Culture and Identity

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By Olivia Hoang Often times, love and criticism go together. To fully embrace our heritage, we must be willing to rectify the bad, as well as nurture the good. It was July 2002 when I stepped out of  Tan Son Nhat International Airport, and into the streets of Saigon, revisiting my homeland and my past.  The heavy humid air … [Read more...]