When We Were Free To Be: Revisiting A Classic

Amy Jussel

By Amy Jussel, Shaping Youth Last year marked not only the 40th Anniversary of Title IX changing women’s sports forever, it was also the 40th Anniversary of the cycle-breaking, movement-making pop culture childrens’ classic Free to Be, You and Me created by one of my very first childhood ‘sheroes’ Marlo Thomas. Marlo Thomas’ … [Read more...]

Skinny, Curvy, and Still Not Fitting the Mold

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By Chelsey Anderson Whether you're a seasoned body image activist or an average consumer of Western media, no doubt you've noticed the battle between the “curvy” and skinny body ideal. After decades of being bombarded with images of extremely thin models and starving ourselves to fit the waif-mold many women and … [Read more...]

Minnie Mouse Doesn’t Need a Model Makeover

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By Ragen Chastain When the high-end department store Barney’s decided to collaborate with Disney for its holiday window, Barney’s creative director, David Freedman insisted that, “the important thing to me was always that it had to be authentic. It really had to hit the nail on the head in every detail.” When it came to the … [Read more...]

Olympic Women Succeed, but is it Really Fair Play?

From Google "volleyball" images.

By Emma Shakarshy This Sunday the Olympic flame will be extinguished, marking the end of the 2012 summer Olympic Games in London. In addition to honoring and celebrating the achievements of all the Olympic athletes, the Closing Ceremony unites the world's athletes who will march together as 'one nation'. It's been a rousing few … [Read more...]

Pregnancy, Body Image and the Age of ‘Bump Watch’

Me in the last few weeks of my pregnancy.

By Melanie Klein Originally posted at Feminist Fatale. Updated for Elephant Journal and Adios Barbie. I'm pregnant but I just feel fat. I can’t believe I said it – not once, not twice but repeatedly throughout my entire pregnancy. I started to feel that way at the beginning of my first trimester and it continued all … [Read more...]

How Stereotypes and Bad Jokes Dampen Your Love Life

Louis Vuitton Model, Godfrey Gao

By Pia Guerrero, Co-Founder/Editor The other morning after a grueling 45 minutes at boot camp, my fellow campers (all white women ranging in age from 23 to 60) and I grimaced as we stretched our stiff muscles on the grass. We talked about the following week and how we were allowed to bring as many guests to class free of charge … [Read more...]

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

Illusionists

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...]