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

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

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

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!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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...]