The Beauty Trap: The Contradictory Message of PBS’ MAKERS

The Women of Makers

By Elizabeth Ganley-Roper When I first heard about the launching of the new initiative, “MAKERS: Women Who Make America,” by PBS and AOL in late February, I was thrilled. A new platform for highlighting and sharing the stories of powerful and inspirational women across American through video interviews, MAKERS is yet another … [Read more...]

PETA and Porn: Exploit Women, Not Animals

PETA ad featuring Pamela Anderson that was banned by the city of Montreal in 2010 for being sexist.

By Ashley-Michelle Papon Just in time for the chill of the holidays, the marketing wizards at People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) have come up with a new way to keep converts to animal welfarism warm. Within the next month, PETA will capitalize on their previously raunchy skin campaigns with a companion porn site. … [Read more...]

Two Steps Forward, One Step Back: Playboy, Porn, and Pole Dancing

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By Sheena Vasani, Intern (2011) “Would you rather have brains or beauty?” “Beauty,” replies the Miss University London beauty pageant contestant adding because if she weren’t beautiful “nobody would want to listen to her anyway.” Should we assume this quote came from newspaper archives, maybe from the 50s? Unfortunately not. … [Read more...]

To BE or To Be Looked At?

Norman Rockwell's "Girl at the Mirror"

By Lexie Kite at BeautyRedefined.net; Cross-posted with permission. You are capable of much more than being looked at. Have you thought about this statement? Do you understand the gravity of it? This was the first of the four messages Lindsay and I carefully chose for our billboard campaign going up in June, and it gave … [Read more...]

A Place for Me: Art, Porn, Feminism, and Race

Image by Favianna Rodriguez

By Favianna Rodriguez Originally posted on Favianna.com; cross-posted with permission. I'm always excited when my art world merges with my personal world. As a visual artist, that personal world is one where I'm constantly imagining the sort of artwork I want to create. What kinds of images do I want to draw? What questions … [Read more...]

Are Your Roots Bad For Business?

Disney's Jasmine

By Debra J. Dickerson, SLATE Two very different stories about women—i.e., strength, beauty, femininity, fantasy, cowardice, bravery, and acquiescence—struck me this week.  I still don’t know whether they fill me with hope or sadness. First, there was the 22-year-old U. of Illinois student Disney recruited online and … [Read more...]

Lindsey Vonn Sports Illustrated Cover PICTURE: Photo Causes Controversy

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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...]

Chris Rock’s Documentary Gets to the Root of Good Hair

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You gotta see "Good Hair." It's a great film for everyone, taking a humorously candid look at the politics of and price paid for beauty. A mix between Chris Rock's cheeky stand-up and Michael Moore's tongue-in-cheek documentaries, you'll be surprised by the facts presented around the national and global politics surrounding the … [Read more...]

Save Your Boobs, Unless They’re Saggy

Save the Boobs

Update:  Jezebel and The LA Times have posted two new stories also shaming the "Save the Boobs" campaign.Just came across this psa "Save the Boobs" for ReThink Breast Cancer. In an effort to reach a hip, young, media savvy audience about the impact of breast cancer on young women, this campaign does nothing to lift the conversation … [Read more...]

Cougars: Unfortunately Coming to a Town Near You

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Today in reference to Demi Moore, someone jokingly asked me, "What do you have against cougars?" My response? "I'm all for cougars, but let's just call them what they are, grown ass women who own their sexuality, are comfortable in their skin and deserve to be celebrated and not demonized as desperate predators." … [Read more...]