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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...]

Becoming Chaz: The Making of Masculinity

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by Kalil  Cohen Chaz Bono's body has been a focus of media attention for the past five years, from when he publicly came out as transgender in 2009 to his latest highly publicized weight loss efforts featured on the reality show The Doctors. Throughout this time, he’s been both the subject and object of media coverage. As an … [Read more...]

Dove Doesn’t Redefine Beauty, It Reinforces It

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Editor's note: At Adios Barbie, our goal is to bring you the best voices and resources on the web that empower you to be at home in your body, mind and soul,  free from external bias and internal constraint. We are thrilled to introduce you to the work of Beauty Redefined, who like us, are committed to a world where women and girls … [Read more...]

The King of Love is Dead but Not Forgotten

"Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice. Justice at its best is love correcting everything that stands against love." ~Martin Luther King Jr.

Today, it seemed rather disingenuous to maintain our regular posting schedule without honoring a major influence. Our work at Adios Barbie, and the principles around its creation in 1998, are based on the idea of loving non-violence--in both word and deed. It was the unique idea of love with a capitol "L" that Dr. Martin Luther … [Read more...]

White Privilege and the Problem with Ani DiFranco’s Apology

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by Pia Guerrero   If you haven’t heard by now, many folks—not just Black feminists —are outraged with Ani DiFranco, singer, songwriter, activist and feminist icon. DiFranco planned her “Righteous Retreat” songwriter camp to be held at a former slave plantation where hundreds of slaves were tortured and murdered. From … [Read more...]

Modern Beauty Standards Imposed on Classic Art Show Narrowness of Today’s Ideal

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by Rebecca Hains Originally published at rebeccahains.wordpress.com; cross-posted with permission. Several years ago, I was admiring the Venus de Milo at the Louvre when a group of American teens approached. Eyeing the statue, one girl blurted out: “She’s so fat.”Her friends laughed and agreed, but her comment just made me … [Read more...]

6 Ways to Survive Food and the Holidays

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by Erin McKelle, Intern (2013) It's that time of year! Yes, the holidays have come around once again. Most of us, at least to some degree, look forward to the holidays. It’s a chance to catch up with family, eat some delicious food and show your loved ones how much you appreciate them. But, there are some downsides to the … [Read more...]

Black Women’s Asses, Cosmetic Surgery, and the Politics of Ambition

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By Aya de Leon As an ambitious woman of color, I avidly read commentary this season on Julie Chen’s remorseless decision to have eyelid surgery. With East Asian women, the body part targeted for racism is often the eyes. With black women, the first line of attack is on the hair. But our hair is a moving target.  Always growing, … [Read more...]

Body Dysmorphic Disorder: What it Looks Like

Shattered Image--My Triumph Over Body Dysmorphic Disorder by Brian Cuban

by Brian Cuban, Contributor I first began to see my body reflection differently in my teens.  I was the victim of fat shaming at home and weight bullying/teasing in school including a physical assault. When I looked in the mirror or saw my reflection in a store window, I had an overwhelming feeling that I had this grotesque … [Read more...]