“Yoga Body”: The Conspiracy

Quote on image: "Yoga is really trying to liberate us from...shame about our bodies. To love your body is a very important thing." Rodney Yee

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...]

When We Were Free To Be: Revisiting A Classic

Amy Jussel

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...]

Lyrical Lacerations, from NWA to Rick Ross

Cartoon by Kevin Eason.

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...]

Bridget Jones Made Me Do It! Does Chick Lit Negatively Influence Women’s Body Image?

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By Sayantani DasGupta I read a fascinating piece in The Guardian UK recently, with an even more fascinating headline: "Chick lit ‘harms body image’, study finds." At first glance, this seems highly plausible. Just the name ‘chick lit’ implies something at least intellectually (if not psychologically) unsavory. We are women, not … [Read more...]

Stop Fanning the “Mommy Wars”: Enough with the “Breastfeeding Bullies” Articles, Jezebel!

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By Sayantani DasGupta I could hardly believe it when I saw the headlines: “The pressure to breastfeed is getting out of hand”! and “Sorry – You can’t guilt trip me about bottle feeding my kids”! It’s not that I’m surprised by anti-breastfeeding attitudes in the U.S. After all, this is a country where, women are still … [Read more...]

“You Look So Different on Facebook…”

Facebook and Photoshopping

By Sheena Vasani, Intern (2011) Editors note: This blog post was originally posted Nov 1, 2011. We are sharing it again for our visitors to consider how airbrushed photos (whether your own, or those in magazines) impact your well-being and sense of self. What makes your physical beauty exceptional? Ironed out pimples, wrinkles, … [Read more...]

Sex Objects or Athletes? The Fallout of Sexy images of Female Athletes

She is the most successful woman in the history of American open-wheel racing, being the only woman to win in the IndyCar Series as well as holding the highest finish by a woman at the Indianapolis 500 of 3rd place. She competed in the series from 2005 to 2011. She currently competes in the NASCAR Nationwide Series.

by Sim Badesha, Cross-posted with permission, Battered Women Support Services Previously, I commented on the fact that media represents many famous women athletes as sexual objects. I shared Daniels (2009) statements of how these athletes are controlled by the media to devalue them. If you haven’t been able to read Daniels … [Read more...]

Downcast, Decapitated and Dead: Why Don’t Women on Book Covers and in Ads Stare Back?

Marie Claire 2007

By Sayantani DasGupta In 2007, I was flipping through the latest issue of Marie Claire magazine, when I stumbled upon a striking image. It was this full color photo of several brown-skinned, pregnant women in vibrant colored saris, and it accompanied an article on what’s been sensationally called the “wombs for rent” industry: … [Read more...]

Violence Sells? Time to Say “Enough” to Twisted Advertisers

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By Joanna Chiu Before anyone had even heard of the show Jersey Shore, MTV leaked out a clip of Snooki (Nicole Polizzi) getting punched in a face by a man in a bar, and the clip went viral, prompting articles like “The Countdown to Snooki Getting Punched in the Face Is On!” (trigger warning for link). The author of that … [Read more...]

The Hunger Games: The Absence of Race & Genderless Storytelling

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Introduction by Pia Guerrero, Co-Founder/Editor The Hunger Games and Genderless Storytelling, cross-posted with permission from SheHeroes By now you're all aware of the racist tweets that began popping up after the premiere of the movie, The Hunger Games, based on the tween/teen book of the same title by Suzanne Collins. … [Read more...]