Fat and Happy: Why “The Biggest Loser” Loses

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by Tami Winfrey Harris I have struggled with weight all my life--mostly because in my younger years I was unable to accept that my larger frame was natural and healthy for me. Unhappy with a 12, I dieted and deprived and fretted over calories, and wound up a 14. Unhappy with that size, I measured and counted and starved my … [Read more...]

Image of Ultra-Thin Ralph Lauren Model Sparks Outrage

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by Brett Michael Dykes for Shine from Yahoo! In recent years an ongoing debate has brewed over advertisers and fashion magazines using photographs, particularly photographs of women, that have seemingly been altered, or "retouched," by airbrushing and photo editing software such as Photoshop. The latest such image to cause an … [Read more...]

Huff Post’s “Craziest Birth Stories of All Time” is Hateful Modern Day Freak Show

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Banking on a dark history where bodily difference in disabled people, people of color, fat people, and LGBTQ people has equated freakish, abominations of God, The Huffington Post has fallen off the deep end to lure its readers. Instead of informing us around the evolving ethics and politics around birth and body across the globe, … [Read more...]

Pole Dancer Doll, Are You for Real?

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This week Gizmodo broke the "story" that a child's toy, Pole Dance Doll is on the market. Conservative and liberal blogs have been covering the product as if it were indeed for sale at a store near you. One blogger claimed that Mahalo.com sells the doll (Mahalo is a search engine of sorts that doesn't sell products). … [Read more...]

TV’s Fat and Happy. Not Quite.

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Lately I've been noticing a surge in TV shows that feature fat folks. And while at first I thought the exposure was great, looking more closely I see that any exposure doesn't necessarily mean good exposure. Especially when magazines like US feature former Biggest Loser contestants and their perfect Hollywood style weddings, … [Read more...]

Editor of Self Gets Her Photoshopping Ass Handed to Her

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You gotta go to the blog of Lucy Danziger, the editor-in-chief of Self magazine and read all the comments from readers who aren't buying the lame excuse for photoshopping the hell out of Kelly Clarkson for the cover of this month's Total Body Confidence issue. Most of Self's blog readers say that as a result of the blog entry and … [Read more...]

Open Thread on Advertising and Body Image

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During my career as a media literacy expert, I have squirreled away a number of advertisements over the years that I think are great examples of how the media dictates how women (and men) are supposed look and feel. Below is an ad that ran a few years back for Candies perfume and shoes. … [Read more...]

Michael Jackson: Another Victim of the Fame Game

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"I don't trip off of being a celebrity. I don't trust it. I don't like it. Cuz one minute they all love you and the next thing you know you dancing on the top of a car in the front of a court house trying to figure out wtf happened to you."- Dave Chappelle in a stand up bit on fame and Michael Jackson. While millions of fans … [Read more...]

Annoying Trend: Celebs Play Dumb About Body Image

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By Ophira Edut "I don't get this obsession with weight," Eva Longoria Parker tells Glamour (February, 2009). The actress, whose tight outfits inspired tabloids to speculate that she's pregnant, is the latest actress to pretend that she just doesn't understand the whole "thin is in" fuss. … [Read more...]

Ms. Californicator

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I'm not even going to comment on the scandal surrounding Ms. California's racy photos. Not until I find out how these two photos or bodies are different.  … [Read more...]