“Yoga Body”: The Conspiracy

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By Danielle Prohom Olson, Yoga Divine Yoga I thought I’d said all I wanted on body image and yoga in my last post but controversy in the yoga world regarding a certain video has left me feeling I didn’t say nearly enough. Or say it clearly enough. So let me try again. The taut and toned ‘yoga body’ on display in the media … [Read more...]

Re-Touching the Consequences of Extreme Thinness

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by Lisa Wade, PhD, Sociological Images A former editor at Cosmopolitan, Leah Hardy, recently wrote an exposé about the practice of photoshopping models to hide the health and aesthetic costs of extreme thinness. Below is an example featuring Cameron Diaz: The story about Diaz, in The Telegraph, includes the following … [Read more...]

Girls are Much More Than That: The Media and Stereotyping

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    Editor's Note: Adios Barbie along with editors Pia Guerrero and Sharon Haywood have joined the Brave Girls Want Alliance. We hope that by reading this post by our colleague Dr. Jennifer Shewmaker, Phd. you will join Brave Girls Want in making a long overdue change in how girls are portrayed and marketed to in the … [Read more...]

When We Were Free To Be: Revisiting A Classic

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By Amy Jussel, Shaping Youth Last year marked not only the 40th Anniversary of Title IX changing women’s sports forever, it was also the 40th Anniversary of the cycle-breaking, movement-making pop culture childrens’ classic Free to Be, You and Me created by one of my very first childhood ‘sheroes’ Marlo Thomas. Marlo Thomas’ … [Read more...]

Trans Dance: A Complicated Love

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By Beck Heiberg Dancing is athletic art, demanding your full attention as an artist and athlete. Your body and mind have to be in sync. It can be hard navigating that while dealing with trans dysphoria and distorted bodily norms. But when gender and art play together, there are no boundaries. I am currently choreographing a … [Read more...]

The Real Deal with Body Acceptance

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by Golda Poretsky As you may have heard by now, former body acceptance advocate Jess Weiner was interviewed by Glamour about how loving her body almost killed her. In the article, she shares how, for her, body acceptance had meant not checking in on her health. Many other bloggers (as well as myself) have already picked … [Read more...]

‘Prostitution Chic’ is a Thing Now

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By Meghan Murphy, Feminist Current   Cool. At the end of March, The Gloss featured old photos of prostituted women in order to highlight the fact that being poor and having to service nasty-ass dudes in the early 1900s also involved wearing cool tights. A comment left on the post reads: “Well, I’m obviously going to … [Read more...]

Lyrical Lacerations, from NWA to Rick Ross

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By Anne Desrosiers Rappers make songs under the creative licenses of their whims, songs are released, and sometimes these songs top the charts. Other times they become catch phrases that become part of urban lexicon, and other times they create a firestorm of criticism and backlash. Certainly ever since music has been made … [Read more...]

Big Enough to Absorb the Pain

by Lori Blough, Writing/Publishing Intern (2013) I’m fat. I’m actually more than fat.  I’m morbidly obese.  And I have an eating disorder. I’m not anorexic or even bulimic, though the heavens know I certainly prayed for that in my early teens, as awful as that sounds. I would have rather had some disease, some cancer, … [Read more...]

Aging Gracefully in a World of Anti-Aging

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by Sally McGraw My girl Audi made this request: I’d love to see you do a piece about embracing our bodies and faces as we age. It bums me out to see so many attractive women succumbing to the pressure to look “younger” through cosmetic surgery and Botox and all that. You’ve written a lot about loving your body the way it is … [Read more...]