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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...]

The Student Body: One Young Filmmaker’s Activism Against ‘Fat Letters’

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By Sayantani DasGupta Across the country, children are being put on scales in school. They’re lining up in gym class to have their height and weight measured, their BMIs calculated. And if they miss certain numerical cutoffs, letters are being sent home (sometimes via the students—handed out in homeroom, or tucked into report … [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...]

It’s Here: Day of the Girl 2013!

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By Allison Epstein and Erin McKelle Looking for a reason to celebrate October 11 other than it finally being Friday? How about the Second Annual International Day of the Girl? Created in 2011 by the United Nations to “recognize girls’ rights and the unique challenges girls face around the world,” the Day of the Girl provides … [Read more...]

Cindy Cooper on her Play, “Words of Choice”, Reproductive Justice and Body Image

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"Cindy Cooper and Words of Choice are presenting their acclaimed 1-hour performance program on reproductive justice and women's rights this Fri. March 1 at 7 pm (Eastern) and Sat. March 2  at 3 pm (Eastern) in NY. Can't make it?  The play will be  live streamed using an online broadcast with high production values and social media … [Read more...]

Two Tragedies and a Rising of Social Justice Consciousness

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By Sayantani DasGupta My recent trip to India was marked by two horrific tragedies: one in my home country and another in the country of my family origins. There is very little seemingly in common with a brutal gang rape in New Delhi and an elementary school killing in Connecticut. Except that both have ignited the hearts … [Read more...]

Minnie Mouse Doesn’t Need a Model Makeover

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By Ragen Chastain When the high-end department store Barney’s decided to collaborate with Disney for its holiday window, Barney’s creative director, David Freedman insisted that, “the important thing to me was always that it had to be authentic. It really had to hit the nail on the head in every detail.” When it came to the … [Read more...]

21st Century Street Harassment: Sneaky Snapshots on Public Transportation

A Buenos Aires bus, colloquially known as a "bondi" Photo Credit-Benjamin Dumas

Editor's note: See June 2, 2012 update at the bottom of the post. By Sharon Haywood, Co-Editor Imagine getting on a local bus or subway car knowing the possibility exists that someone will take your picture and upload it online for viewers to comment on your appearance—all without your permission. Creepy, huh? It’s the new … [Read more...]

Barbie Goes Bald and It’s Not So Beautiful

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By Pia Guerrero, Co-Founder/Editor A couple weeks ago I re-posted, via a friend, a similar statement to the one below on the Adios Barbie Facebook page:  "Mattel should make a Barbie with no hair so that every little girl fighting cancer feels beautiful!! The wish for this petition is that the Barbie is also named Hope and a … [Read more...]