A New Take on Body Image

Two of my favorite body image authors are coming to the 92nd Street Y in Manhattan on March 11th at 8p.m. I'll be there, and if you're in NYC, I hope you will, too. Pioneering psychotherapist Susie Orbach, who wrote Fat Is a Feminist Issue, will talk about her new book, Bodies. In it, Orbach draws on neuropsychology research for … [Read more...]

Jessica Simpson’s New Plus-Size Denim Line

These ain't your mama's Daisy Dukes! Weeks after her own curves made magazine covers, Jessica Simpson announced the rollout of her own plus-size denim line. Avenue stores are now selling Jessica Simpson jeans in sizes 12-24. Man, does she ever know how to turn negative press into a profit. … [Read more...]

New Study: Female Friendships Are Good For Your Health

By Ophira Edut I've long been fascinated with the science behind oxytocin, the "bonding hormone" women release during sex, breastfeeding and even moments of close friendship. Now, a landmark UCLA study by Laura Cousino Klein, Ph.D. and S.E. Taylor, Ph.D. shows that women may release oxytocin during times of extreme stress. … [Read more...]

Jessica Simpson’s Controversial Curves

  By Ophira Edut Today's understatement: I'm not a huge Jessica Simpson fan. Her singing is insipid, her "dad-ager" creeps me out, and she seems totally dependent on men for self-esteem. But I have to say, big courage to her for flaunting a figure that looks more like the average American woman's than I've seen on any … [Read more...]