What Reality TV Taught Me About Sluts, Waifs, Douchebags and Angry Black Women

The Apprentice’s Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth by Glenn Francis

By Melanie Klein at Ms. Magazine Blog Is every woman either desperate to get married (Bridezillas), a slut/bitch (Rock of Love) or a beauty-obsessed waif (America’s Next Top Model)? Is every man either a despicable douchebag (Tool Academy) or a thugged-out gangsta (again, Tool Academy)? If we were to judge from the reality TV … [Read more...]

Tangled: Going Beyond the Disney Princess Mold

Actress and singer Mandy Moore

**SPOILER ALERT: Key plot details revealed** By Valerie Martin The new hit Tangled – Disney’s 50th animated motion picture – is in many ways what you would expect from a Disney princess movie: the beautiful, thin, white, green-eyed, blonde-haired heroine waits for her life to begin (AKA waits for her prince or other … [Read more...]

Halloween is Frightening When it Sexualizes and Stereotypes

Back in the Day vs. Today

Halloween is the time when goblins come out from under bridges and vampires emerge from creepy coffins. It is also the time when gender and racial stereotypes fly onto the racks of costume shops with frightening speed. It seems with every passing year the line blurs between sexy get ups and age appropriate ones. Sexy women’s … [Read more...]

What Do You Get When a Boy Dresses Like a Girl? Acceptance!


As a girl I liked to wear clothes that could be considered "boyish". I received no judgment or questioning just love and support from my mom who let me dress myself at 3 years old. Why should it be different for little boys who are drawn to wear colors and things that sparkle and flow? This segment from the Seattle show, New Day … [Read more...]

Pop Culture’s Relentless Battle with Body Image

TV shows "Huge" and "Thintervention with Jackie Warner." Photos from ABC Family and Bravo.

By Valerie Martin Mainstream pop culture's back-and-forth, wishy-washy affair with body image is nothing new -- but it seems to be rearing its head now more than ever. TV line-ups are springing up shows like "Huge" from ABC Family and the new fall series, "Mike & Molly" from CBS. At first glance, it's easy for mainstream … [Read more...]

M.A.C. Cosmetics Want You to Look Like Death

MAC by Rodarte

by Pia Guerrero, Co-editor and Co-founder It’s a given that marketers use violence and sex to sell everything from cars to music, but make-up? M.A.C.’s fall/winter collection, “Juarez”, named after the Mexican city notorious for decades of rampant rape and murder of women and girls, is doing just that. It's important to note … [Read more...]

Is TV Finally Portraying Overweight People With Depth?


July 11, 2010|By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic Recent and upcoming shows including 'Drop Dead Diva,' 'Huge' and 'Mike and Molly' buck tradition and portray overweight people as actual humans. After years of excavating their alien habits on talk shows, and of turning weight loss into the sort of blood … [Read more...]

Why Not Being Colorblind is a Good Thing


By Adriel Luis at Change.org When I was in fifth grade, my very liberal teacher decided to familiarize our class with the concept of race. Since teaching a roomful of 12-year-olds about things like the cycle of oppression can be somewhat complicated, he turned to some abstract metaphors to help him out. "A melting pot is the … [Read more...]

Plus-Size Modeling: A Passing Trend or Here to Stay?

Plus-size model Crystal Renn (right) posing alongside straight-size model Jacquelyn Jablonski in a spread for the January 2010 issue of V Magazine  [photo from Huffington Post]

By Valerie Martin Has mainstream culture done a 180°? Have we honestly transitioned from Kate Moss to Crystal Renn in just over a decade, or is this just a passing fad? According to a recent Times Online article by Louise France, plus-size models that previously charged around US$150 an hour are now commanding high profile ad … [Read more...]

Lindsey Vonn Sports Illustrated Cover PICTURE: Photo Causes Controversy


We recently discovered this image of Lindsay Vonn's SI cover from last month. Here's what the Huff Post had to say: Lindsey Vonn's Sports Illustrated cover photo is causing controversy. The Olympic hopeful's cover picture was released earlier in the week, and some are upset by the possibly sexually suggestive pose. According to … [Read more...]