Freeing the Female Body: On A Quest For Feminist Fashion

Ad from LIFE magazine, Sept. 8, 1967

by Maddie Ruud “Feminism” and “fashion”—two words one rarely hears together. In fact, for many feminists, fashion is the new “f word,” a dirty, two-syllable utterance to be spat out with contempt and disgust. And, let’s face it, fashion doesn’t have the best track record when it comes to liberating and empowering women. … [Read more...]

Doll Parts: The “Barbie Executioner” Strikes Back

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by Melanie Klein, Contributor My mother never addressed beauty in a critical way. In fact, beauty was rarely openly discussed in my house, but was the lingering weight on the shoulders of all the women in my family. The only times beauty was discussed was when my mother told me I needed to lose weight or when my grandmother … [Read more...]

Face Value? Study Claims Makeup Makes Women Appear More “Competent”

The NY Times reported on a study of 25 Black, White, and Hispanic women between the ages of 20-50 who were photographed wearing various levels of makeup.

By Ophira Edut Does the mascara make the woman? The New York Times published results of a study (see the article here) claiming that a moderate amount of makeup "increases people’s perceptions of a woman’s likability, her competence and (provided she does not overdo it) her trustworthiness." … [Read more...]

Warning: Feminist Wearing Makeup Ahead. Look Both Ways Before Crossing

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By Quinn Davis, Intern (2011) "The only way I'm staying with you is if you stop wearing mascara." Sure, I had dated some d-bags before. But this guy competed for it in the Olympics, won the gold and then spent the next six years touring the country so that hopeful up-and-coming d-bags could look up to someone. Plus, some … [Read more...]

Terrifying Trend: Models and Mini-Liposuction

The size 2 model who sought mini-lipo featured on The Today Show

By Valerie Kusler Earlier this week, in my half-asleep daze, I flipped on the Today Show for background noise while getting ready for work. When I heard Matt Lauer introduce one of the segments, I stopped in my tracks, turned up the volume, and braced myself. “Why are thin, fit women getting liposuction?” he inquired. Oh boy. … [Read more...]

Impossible Ideals: The Media and Body Image

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By Dominique Shaw, Associated Content I can't turn on my television, read a magazine, or surf the net with out being bombarded by the airbrushed images of a perfect body. We inhale the idea that a thin body is normal. We believe that this false notion of beauty we see is achievable - just as long as you use this make up, buy … [Read more...]

Debenhams Breaks Fashion Protocol Again

Debenhams shows that Photoshop is not necessary as is illustrated in the non-Photoshopped model on the left as compared to the Photoshopped model on the right.

By Sharon Haywood In March of this year, we highlighted how the UK department store, Debenhams illustrated their commitment to diversity by launching an advertising campaign for a new fashion line featuring models of various shapes, backgrounds, and abilities. We're thrilled to see Debenhams breaking fashion protocol again. This … [Read more...]

A Male View of Women’s Battle with their Bodies

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By William Leith published as "Women and body image: a man's perspective" at Telegraph.co.uk on May 23, 2010 Ever wondered why a man can look at an advert featuring a six-pack and laugh, while a woman might look at a photograph of female perfection and fall to pieces? William Leith thinks he might have uncovered the … [Read more...]

Barbie’s Plummeting Neckline Causes Uproar

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"'Busty Barbie' in Mattel's new Back to Basics Barbie collection is too revealing for some parents" by Tracy Miller at the NY Daily News  Barbie has always been known for her curves - but a new doll from Mattel is upping the ante, much to some parents' consternation. … [Read more...]

Lagerfeld Sets Aside Fat Phobia for Renn

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"Crystal and Karl, Sitting in a Tree" by Marjorie Ingall Belatedly, here is Crystal walking in Chanel’s resort show in San Tropez last week. She looks beautiful and fierce, mah nishtanah. There was a flurry of “OOH GROUNDBREAKING!” buzz when these pix hit the wires, given that Crystal is nominally plus-sized and Chanel … [Read more...]