Girls Braced for Beauty

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By Philip N. Cohen, PhD, Contributor at Sociological Images Sociologists like to say that gender identities are socially constructed. That just means that what it is, and what it means, to be male or female is at least partly the outcome of social interaction between people – visible through the rules, attitudes, media, or … [Read more...]

Black Women’s Asses, Cosmetic Surgery, and the Politics of Ambition

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By Aya de Leon As an ambitious woman of color, I avidly read commentary this season on Julie Chen’s remorseless decision to have eyelid surgery. With East Asian women, the body part targeted for racism is often the eyes. With black women, the first line of attack is on the hair. But our hair is a moving target.  Always growing, … [Read more...]

What Is Race Between Friends?

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  By Tami Winfrey Harris The social construct we call race is complicated, but there are a few things about it that I know to be true. One thing is that everyone who grows up in this country absorbs some prejudice--everyone, no matter their race. Also, many people have no real relationships with anyone outside of … [Read more...]

“Inspiration Porn”: A Discussion

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This post is excerpted from a discussion from the team at Disability in Kid Lit. You can read more on the topic, and check out their other great work, at their website.  This week’s topic: inspiration porn. Don’t know what that is? You’ll find the answer below–we asked our contributors how they define this concept and what they … [Read more...]

Racy, Sexy, and Culturally Appropriate-y: It’s Halloween Again, Folks!

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By Sayantani DasGupta Okay, someone tell me – since when did Halloween become a time to fly your racist and sexist flags without censure? I, for one, am tired of it. So, hopefully we’re all on board by now with the idea that dressing our daughters up as ‘naughty’ leopards and ‘sexy’ nurses might be, say, a tad disgusting. As … [Read more...]

Brave Girls Want Dolls That Do Not Originate In or Reflect Porn Culture – NSFW

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A guest post by Charlotte Kugler, originally posted at Pigtail Pals and Ballcap Buddies *Editor’s Note: Given a contentious facebook discussion this morning, I want to make it clear that myself, Charlotte, and much of the PPBB community understands there are boys and men who enjoy MLP and are great, non-pervy guys. This post … [Read more...]

Why Male Pregnancy Matters

By Sayantani DasGupta for Sociological Images The reproductive health police are at it again, and this time they’ve got the gender and sexuality cops with them. Despite the CDC reporting a decline in teen pregnancy across ethnic groups, public health and privately funded campaigns are popping up across the U.S. aimed … [Read more...]

Whitewashed Journalism: Why Do Only White-Passing Latinas Make it To Our Screens?

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By Raquel Reichard The embarrassingly low number of Latinas hosting shows on English-language news networks or leading mainstream cable news programs can intimidate any Latina hoping to make a career in news media. But realizing that the bulk of these women could pass as White can deter interested and talented Afro-Latinas from … [Read more...]

A New Wrinkle on Old Research

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By Susie P. Gonzalez Previous body image research has revealed the negative effects of "fat talk" in girls and young women, but new research by psychology professor Carolyn Black Becker of Trinity University and others suggests that the dissatisfaction with a woman's self-image may become more complex as she ages and move … [Read more...]

The Real Bodies Manifesto: Finding Each Other

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A note from Thick Dumpling Skin’s co-founder, Lisa Lee: Almost a year ago, Retrofit Republic’s Community Heroes Lookbook landed on my radar. I drooled over this lookbook at my desk, and almost died of happiness that they used real people in their fashion spreads. No wait, I take that back. I loved that they not only used real … [Read more...]