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...]

Love in the Time of Contradiction

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A few posts ago, I shared the book All About Love: New Visions by bell hooks.This book is amazing for it taught me to redefine love as an action and not as an object to desperately yearn for or use as a bargaining chip. To put it in hooks words, "Love is as Love does" and "Love is a verb, not a feeling". In essence, if a parent, … [Read more...]

Pixie Dust: The Opium of Young Masses

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Disney, Casino Capitalism and the Exploitation of Young Boys: Beyond the Politics of Innocence Great article from Truthout.org on Disney's role in creating consumers out of our kids. Here's a taste... Since children's identities have to be actively directed toward the role of consumers, knowledge, information, entertainment … [Read more...]