Woman Harassed with “Rape Room” Joke, Then Fired for Complaint—No Joke

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By Rebecca Hains, PhD; cross-posted with permission Rape is not a joke. It’s an act of violence. Therefore, if a male employee makes unwanted “jokes” about rape to a female co-worker, it’s logical to conclude that his actions are creating a hostile work environment. Right? Well, that’s what one woman here in Salem, Mass. … [Read more...]

Yoga Journal’s Body Image Issues: the Kathryn Budig Cover

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(Editor's note: 20.4 million people practice yoga in America. And chances are that includes you or someone you know. Yoga's original purpose is to attain mind-body-spirit oneness, but the word has steadily come to equate an exercise craze with a market worth $10 billion per year. The problem is that as a product this new "yoga" is … [Read more...]

How Julia Child Taught Me to Stop Being Perfect

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By Pia Guerrero, Founder/Co-Editor; cross-posted with permission at SheHeroes "When women were supposedly acceptable on television only if they were young, pert, beautiful, thin and without an accent, Julia ousted everyone even though she was lanky, with a voice that bellowed its New England regionalism, and didn't begin her video … [Read more...]

The Real Reason Asians Get Eyelid Surgery

Julie Chen before and after her "Westernizing" plastic surgeries.

by Min Lee Here’s a trivia question for you: Which country has the highest rate of plastic surgery? Think it’s the US? Nope. Russia? Guess again. Give up? It’s South Korea. Among women ages 19-49, the most popular procedure is eyelid surgery where excess skin is reduced on the upper lid to create a more prominent double … [Read more...]

My, What Big Muscles You Can Have: Ads, Men, and Dangerous Lies

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  By Brian Cuban, Contributor Have you ever noticed those pop-up ads that appear with images of incredibly ripped celebrities, humongous body builders and the same ripped senior citizen touting what can be achieved just by taking this supplement, some testosterone or replacement regime, or that mysterious powder? … [Read more...]

I’m A Tiny Asian Woman: Eating All the Cheetos in the World Isn’t Going to Make Me Grow Bigger

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by Christina Majaski; Cross-posted with permission from xo Jane When it comes to body sizes, “normal” is often person-specific.   I’m 40 years old. I don’t think about my body too much anymore unless I’m scheming on ways to get rid of organs that seem to no longer serve any useful purpose. Like ovaries, for … [Read more...]

Yes, All Little Girls Live in the Threat of Sexual Violence

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By Pia Guerrero I lived on a tree-lined street, had a dog and a cat that I liked to put bows and hats on, and walked to my local elementary school a block away. I liked to walk to the beach holding my mom’s hand. Most of all, I loved to bike ride around the block stopping at the local store for a Klondike bar.  After school I … [Read more...]

Toys Wars: Studies Show Media Messages about Boys and Girls Matter

Most used words in ads for boy toys. (courtesy of Achilles Effect)

By Dr. Jennifer Shewmaker; crossposted with permission from JenniferShewmaker.com     There are very clear lines drawn in advertisements directed to children between who (and what) toys are for, boys or girls. Packed into these ads are consistent messages about behaviors, interests, and activities that are … [Read more...]

Tired of Fake Bodies? Join Us and Sign the Truth in Advertising Petition!

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By Grace Manger We all know the impact unrealistic and unattainable images of the female body have on adult women and body image, but... Did You Know? 69% of elementary school girls say magazine images influence their concept of ideal body shape Over 30% of high-school girls and 16% of high-school boys suffer from … [Read more...]

Gender and the Body Language of Power

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by Lisa Wade, PhD at Sociological Images Philosopher Sandra Lee Bartky once observed that being feminine often means using one’s body to portray powerlessness.  Consider: A feminine person keeps her body small and contained; she makes sure that it doesn’t take up to much space or impose itself.  She walks and sits in tightly … [Read more...]