67 Sueños: Undocumented Youth Tell Their Stories to Change Perceptions

Photo by Amy Mejia

by 67 Sueños Collective Lourdez, a 17 year-old student at Metwest High School, cares deeply about immigrant justice. “Some undocumented youth live in fear and are scared to speak out because of fear of being harassed or being deported.  I want to change that," says Lourdez. … [Read more...]

Walt Disney and Me (Black and Disabled)

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By Cynthia Barram I have an incredible love-hate relationship with Mr. Disney. The first time my dad wheeled me and my chair into a theater we watched The Little Mermaid. The lyrics from Ariel’s “Part of Your World,” pierced me. She equated so much of being human and happy with walking. But before Ariel, no one had articulated … [Read more...]

Help Expose the Real Illusionists

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By Sharon Haywood, Co-Editor “To men a man is but a mind. Who cares what face he carries or what he wears? But a woman’s body is the woman.” Filmmaker Elena Rossini cites this quote from writer Ambrose Bierce as her third reason out of 30 for creating The Illusionists, a full-length documentary about how the body has been … [Read more...]

In the Name of Girls: The AMA Calls for Magazine Ads to End Photoshopping Bodies

In 2001, two media literate students produced this image  to raise awareness on the media and body image.

By Pia Guerrero, Co-Founder/Editor When we first launched the Adios Barbie website 12 years ago, I had to explain what the term 'body image' meant to friends and family when they asked what I was up to. I was leading a lot of media literacy workshops at the time where I often had to prove to skeptical teachers and students that … [Read more...]

What Can The X-Men Teach Us About All Kinds of Stereotypes?

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By Melanie T of Psysociety This [month] marked the opening of X-Men: First Class, prequel to (and assumed reboot of) the wildly successful X-Men movie franchise. … [Read more...]

What Reality TV Taught Me About Sluts, Waifs, Douchebags and Angry Black Women

The Apprentice’s Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth by Glenn Francis

By Melanie Klein at Ms. Magazine Blog Is every woman either desperate to get married (Bridezillas), a slut/bitch (Rock of Love) or a beauty-obsessed waif (America’s Next Top Model)? Is every man either a despicable douchebag (Tool Academy) or a thugged-out gangsta (again, Tool Academy)? If we were to judge from the reality TV … [Read more...]

Adios, Superman?

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By Crystal Smith Chris Godsey, author of the article “Men & Body Image,” notes that body image is no longer an exclusive female problem. Believing that we can fix body image issues he asks, “Where do we start?” In answer to his question, I say we begin by looking at the toys and media images that surround our young … [Read more...]

Filling Out Fashion: The Expanding Plus-Size Industry

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Do clothes make the woman? These days, the catwalk has become a podium for size acceptance. But will big, beautiful women find real power there? BY OPHIRA EDUT I'M CHILLING ON THE COUCH WITH A BAG OF CHEETOS, watching a beauty pageant on the tube. Women parade across the stage, draped in gowns, after-five wear, casual attire. A … [Read more...]

In the Media, As a Black Man You’re Still Guilty Even if Proven Innocent

Guilty even when proven innocent.

Photos included in coverage of Hofstra rape case after defendants were cleared. Yesterday morning I was checking out the Huffington Post's piece on the dropped Hofstra gang rape case and was not surprised at the sloppy coverage by the media of the innocent young black males falsely accused of the crime. "Journalists" are still … [Read more...]

Open Thread on Advertising and Body Image

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During my career as a media literacy expert, I have squirreled away a number of advertisements over the years that I think are great examples of how the media dictates how women (and men) are supposed look and feel. Below is an ad that ran a few years back for Candies perfume and shoes. … [Read more...]