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Body Shame Bowl XLVII: Advertising Cultural Ideals Does No One Any Good

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By Allison Epstein, Intern (2013) Unless you’ve been living in a cave somewhere away from any form of mass media, you’ve probably noticed a common theme in print ads and commercials. Advertisers are now not only selling us products, they’re selling us another object that we consume by virtue of just seeing it: ourselves. Not … [Read more...]

The Sandy Hook Tragedy: Masculinity and the Expectation of Violence

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By Ashley-Michelle Papon On December 14, 2012, Sandy Hook Elementary became a household name. In a flurry of gunfire, 20-year-old Adam Lanza reignited the politically charged debates over the factors that inevitably perpetuate the cycle of violence. As the media reported a growing death toll, everyday citizens took to their … [Read more...]

Who is the Fairest, Fittest, Fattest, Most Flawless?

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By Jo Harrison AnyBody Activist In July, we received the news of BBC3’s planned Body Image Season with great enthusiasm, as we believe there are crucial issues within this topic that need to be made part of the public debate, and the BBC is a fantastic arena to raise important issues and question common assumptions. As an … [Read more...]

Subverting the Beauty Paradigm: Questioning the Relationship Between Body Image and Self Image, in Yoga & Beyond

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By Carol Horton A few weeks ago at my oldest son’s 8th grade graduation, I watched one 14-year-old girl after another walk awkwardly but determinedly across the school auditorium stage in skin-tight strapless mini-dresses and high stiletto heels. This was the first time that I’d seen these young teenage girls, many of whom … [Read more...]

“I’m Not A Size Zero. Can I Practice Yoga?”: Anna Guest-Jelley Says “Yes!”

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By Melanie Klein, Contributor Anna Guest-Jelley is the founder of Curvy Yoga — a training & inspiration portal for curvy yogis & their teachers. As a writer, teacher and lifelong champion for women’s empowerment and body acceptance, Anna encourages women of every size, age and ability to grab life by the curves. And … [Read more...]

Me, My Puffy Face, and Ashley Judd

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By Pia Guerrero, Co-Founder/Editor As most of you know, after being pounded in them media over speculation that her puffy face was a sign of bad plastic surgery that made her ugly not more attractive, Ashley Judd slammed the media for upholding patriarchy and for perpetuating sexism, misogyny and objectification. When I … [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...]

Barbie Goes Bald and It’s Not So Beautiful

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By Pia Guerrero, Co-Founder/Editor A couple weeks ago I re-posted, via a friend, a similar statement to the one below on the Adios Barbie Facebook page:  "Mattel should make a Barbie with no hair so that every little girl fighting cancer feels beautiful!! The wish for this petition is that the Barbie is also named Hope and a … [Read more...]

How Yoga Makes You Pretty

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By Melanie Klein This post is an excerpt from Melanie Klein's chapter, "How Yoga Makes You Pretty: The Beauty Myth, Yoga and Me"  in the forthcoming anthology, 21st Century Yoga: Culture, Politics and Practice, available May 1, 2012 (pre-order here). An earlier version of this post was originally published at Elephant Journal in … [Read more...]

The LEGO Disconnect on Gender

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By Crystal Smith As most readers may know, there has been a huge uproar over LEGO’s newest product line, LEGO Friends. (Google it. You can’t miss it.) Regular readers [at The Achilles Effect] might also know that LEGO has been one of my favorite targets for a while now. Like the people protesting the LEGO Friends line, I have … [Read more...]