Help Expose the Real Illusionists

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By Sharon Haywood, Co-Editor “To men a man is but a mind. Who cares what face he carries or what he wears? But a woman’s body is the woman.” Filmmaker Elena Rossini cites this quote from writer Ambrose Bierce as her third reason out of 30 for creating The Illusionists, a full-length documentary about how the body has been … [Read more...]

A “Monster” Success!

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By Sharon Haywood, Co-Editor It’s official folks, and you heard it here first: MTV and VH1 will not air Kanye West’s “Monster” video. Jeannie Kedas of MTV Networks, which also controls VH1, has recently confirmed that neither channel “has plans to air the video.” Kedas cited MTV’s voluntary standards department as a guiding … [Read more...]

“Hey Shorty!” A Tall Lesson On Sexual Harassment

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By Carmen Rios at the SPARK Summit “When I advocate for our most vulnerable girls and women at the intersection of gender, race, class, and sexual oppression, I’m advocating for myself and my family.” These were the words that welcomed me to the newly released book, “Hey Shorty!: A Guide to Combating Sexual Harassment and … [Read more...]

Boobies, Ta-tas, and Cha-Chas, Oh My! The Sexy-fication of Cancer

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By Sayantani DasGupta "Save the Boobies!  I  ♥ Ta-tas! Save Second Base!" Like the ubiquitousness of Lance Armstrong’s Live Strong armbands and Susan G. Komen Foundation’s pink ribbon festooned campaigns, "I heart the boobie" bracelets seem to be everywhere these days. Such as on the arms of young women showing their breast … [Read more...]

The False Mirror: On Diversity, Bizarre Barbies, and Body Image Activism

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By Sayantani DasGupta There’s a character on television’s The Vampire Diaries who is called “Vampire Barbie.” Which I think is kind of ironic. Because on the one hand, vampires aren’t supposed to see themselves in mirrors – and yet, that’s what the cultural icon of Barbie is all about. A certain kind of unattainable, … [Read more...]

Co-Founder Ophira Edut Speaks on Radical Self-Acceptance

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In our first v-log, Ophira Edut, co-founder of Adios Barbie, speaks on why she created the site and the book Body Outlaws. She shares our unique approach to radical self-acceptance and why it's not just about size--it's about race, gender, sexuality, age, and ability. Ophira encourages you to work with what you've got as you can … [Read more...]

This March: The Body Image Activist Movement Leaps Forward Across the Globe

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By Courtney Martin at Feministing To all you Love Your Body Day student organizers, concerned parents, thoughtful professors, activists, advocates, survivors, fundraisers, writers, artists, actors, and musicians. To all you radical grandmas, doctors, therapists, sick-and-tired boyfriends and brothers, nutritionists, and … [Read more...]

Endangered Species: Challenging Body Beautiful Culture

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By Sharon Haywood, Co-Editor If you happen to be in London over the next month, expect to see this gorgeous baby girl smiling out at you from various billboards, coupled with the question: “Is this the happiest she’ll ever be about her appearance?” … [Read more...]

Battling the Beauty Myth in Argentina

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In March 2011, the NGO AnyBody is holding international summits around the world. The aim is to save future generations of girls from the misery that turns women against their own bodies. The challenge is to make people understand how and why this is an emergency, to show them how they can do something about it, and to inspire … [Read more...]

Prevent Official Release of Kanye West’s Women-Hating Video

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Petition by Sharon Haywood and Melinda Tankard Reist HipHopConnection.com has leaked a video teaser for the Kanye West hit song "Monster" and what we've seen is beyond disturbing. In just 30 seconds, viewers take in image after image of eroticized violence against women: Dead women, clad in lingerie, hang by chains around … [Read more...]