“Push Girls”: Exploiting Disabilities or Promoting Inclusion?

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By Valerie Kusler The Pitch: Another reality show about attractive women in Los Angeles hardly sounds like something we need…right? That’s what Sundance Channel executive Sarah Burnett thought during the first few moments of the pitch tape of Push Girls that producer Gay Rosenthal brought to her. But then the camera zoomed … [Read more...]

Suit or Sari? On Professionalism and ‘Ethnic’ Dressing

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By Sayantani DasGupta I had the pleasure to attend a women's leadership conference this past weekend. It was a fantastic opportunity to meet innovative and dynamic women from seven different decades, and I was so inspired by much that I saw and heard. But it was a lecture by a popular professor -- an expert in public speaking … [Read more...]

“You Look So Different on Facebook…”

Facebook and Photoshopping

By Sheena Vasani, Intern (2011) Editors note: This blog post was originally posted Nov 1, 2011. We are sharing it again for our visitors to consider how airbrushed photos (whether your own, or those in magazines) impact your well-being and sense of self. What makes your physical beauty exceptional? Ironed out pimples, wrinkles, … [Read more...]

Bras & Bordo: Living and “Reading the Slender Body”

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by Hope Bordeaux “Increasingly, the size and shape of the body have come to operate as a market of personal, internal order (or disorder)—as a symbol for the emotional, moral, or spiritual state of the individual.” —Susan Bordo, “Reading the Slender Body” in Unbearable Weight Several years ago, I was sent home from my job at … [Read more...]

Margaret Cho on the Power of Reclaiming Beauty

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by Contributor Marianne Schnall, originally posted on Feminist.com Editor's Note: We've pulled from the vault this 2009 interview with Margaret Cho where she candidly talks about weight, beauty, body image and show business. Margaret Cho is currently starring in the new, critically acclaimed series Drop Dead Diva which … [Read more...]

Beauty and the Double Standard of Aging

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By Lisa Wade, PhD Cross-posted from Sociological Images Today I had the pleasure of reading a 1978 essay by Susan Sontag titled The Double Standard of Aging.  I was struck by how plainly and convincingly she described the role of attractiveness in men’s and women’s lives: [For women, o]nly one standard of female beauty is … [Read more...]

Unintentionally Eating the Other (The Fashion of Racial Drag)

Crystal Renn's other forays into racial drag, also published in Vogue Japan (June 2011)

by minh-ha t. pham [The other week], Crystal Renn, the [former plus-size] model who recently appeared in a Vogue Japan spread with her eyes taped in ways that were suggestive of an old theater makeup trick meant to make white actors look “Asian,” offered an explanation and defense of the cosmetic practice. Tape, it should be … [Read more...]

Media Literacy and Body Confidence: Is One Lesson Enough?

From Dove's "Evolution" video

By Valerie Kusler This past year, as part of my graduate social work internship I conducted student counseling in a local high school, both one-on-one and in groups. For my final project, I created a presentation on Media Literacy that I gave to 10 classes. It provided an excellent opportunity to see the students’ reactions and … [Read more...]

Plastic Wrap–Turning Against Cosmetic Surgery

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  Trend Line is Clear: Decline since 2004 By Margaret Morganroth Gullette It was a shock to find after I had a squamous cell carcinoma removed from the side of my nose that I needed cosmetic surgery. I trusted my surgeon, and I trust she did as good a job as she could. But as I feared, the repair didn’t go well: the … [Read more...]

Sharon Haywood on the Body Wars of Argentina

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By Elena Rossini of The Illusionists March 4th – The Southbank Centre, London, U.K. I had been looking forward to this presentation all morning. Endangered Species London kicked off to a great start, with a speech by esteemed psychoanalyst and author Susie Orbach, a presentation by two of my favorite activists – Abi and Emma … [Read more...]