6 Ways to Survive Food and the Holidays

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

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

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...]

Jesus Wasn’t Hot

Editor's Note: The religious beliefs shared in this post do not necessarily reflect those of Adios Barbie. We welcome many voices and perspectives relevant to our mission.  By Chine Mbubaegbu, Threads Jesus probably wouldn’t have been cast in a movie to play himself. He wouldn’t ave been deemed pretty enough. Call me a … [Read more...]

Brave Girls Want Dolls That Do Not Originate In or Reflect Porn Culture – NSFW

A guest post by Charlotte Kugler, originally posted at Pigtail Pals and Ballcap Buddies *Editor’s Note: Given a contentious facebook discussion this morning, I want to make it clear that myself, Charlotte, and much of the PPBB community understands there are boys and men who enjoy MLP and are great, non-pervy guys. This post … [Read more...]

“Yoga Body”: The Conspiracy

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

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

    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

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

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...]