Why the Media Still Doesn’t Get Lesbianism Right

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By Tasha Sanders, Intern 2014 Turn on the TV today and you'll see more depictions of LGBT* than ever before. This increase has resulted in society becoming more accepting of this minority group. Mainstream audiences have been exposed through shows such as Will & Grace, The Fosters, and the wildly popular Modern Family, in … [Read more...]

Reign’s Rape Problem

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By Anne Thériault at The Belle Jar, cross-posted with permission Trigger warning: rape When I first heard about the CW show Reign, I knew that it was going to be my next guilty pleasure. A young Mary Stuart and her ladies-in-waiting living with Catherine de'Medici in Renaissance France? Yes please. Court intrigue and awkward … [Read more...]

The Power of Social Media and the Thigh Gap Trap

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By Nicki Karimipour The thigh gap is everywhere—on social media sites, television, in books and clothing catalogs. It was even rumored that Beyoncé digitally altered photographs posted to her Instagram so that it appeared as if she had a thigh gap. Most of you know that a thigh gap refers to the empty space between a woman's … [Read more...]

Maroon 5′s “Animals”—How Cultural Stereotypes Mask the Message

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By Allison Epstein It would take some searching to find an American with a radio who hasn't heard a song or two off V, Maroon 5's latest album. It's packed with the kind of earworm tracks that wiggle into your head and refuse to leave. Full disclosure: "Maps" has been stuck in my head since about mid-August. But with the release … [Read more...]

Protecting our Daughters’ Self-Esteem: How does the Internet Harm Our Girls?

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By Amy Williams In a world where trending stories revolve around human Barbies and celebrity plastic surgery fails, it's easy to get distracted by superficial concerns. Selfies and "belfies" (pictures of a person's toned backside) flood teens' news feeds begging for "likes" and comments. Social media and the Internet play huge … [Read more...]

Body Image and Our Kids: Getting the Words Right

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By Cherie Ditcham In the film Memento, a man suffering from short-term memory loss tattoos clues to himself on his body to help remind him of his identity. Unfortunately, the memory he is remembering isn’t the real story. Now, imagine if every word that you spoke about yourself appeared on your skin like a tattoo. What would … [Read more...]

MarginalizED Voices: Broadening the Conversation about Eating Disorders

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By Allison Epstein If you’ve been following us here at Adios Barbie for a while, or if you were here with us for one special day this February, you know that an important part of our mission is to expand the conversation society currently allows about our bodies and ourselves. Without diverse and accurate representation, we risk … [Read more...]

Eat Like a Human: How Gender Stereotypes Affect Our Relationships With Food

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By Amber Ikeman (Intern 2014) Eaters of the world – I have a question for you. Have you ever heard or used phrases such as “Eat like a man!” or “I’ve got to maintain my lady-like figure”? When was the last time you looked at your plate of food and considered what the opposite sex might think about it? (Okay, that was two … [Read more...]

Rape Culture: What You Can Do To Fight Back

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By Tasha Sanders NEWSFLASH: Rape isn’t funny. It’s not something to be taken lightly. Yet our society perpetuates rape culture all the time. It’s often talked about in such a way that it is trivialized and therefore normalized, so we don’t even bat an eye when popular songs, like Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines”, have lyrics like: … [Read more...]

50% More: Body Confidence

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By Caitlin Boyle from Operation Beautiful, and cross-posted with permission. Through my work with Operation Beautiful, I’ve talked to hundreds upon hundreds of girls and women, interviewed a dozen or so psychologists, and worked closely with professionals at eating disorder clinics and organizations like NEDA (National Eating … [Read more...]