How Stereotypes and Bad Jokes Dampen Your Love Life

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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...]

If You’re Fat, Your Paycheck Might Not Be

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By Ashley-Michelle Papon When it comes to cultural and social inequalities between men and women, the wage gap is one of the most widely accepted yet paradoxically ignored aspects of the gendered disparity. For over 30 years, equal pay has been the law of the land, though numerous independent studies have established that … [Read more...]

The “Mi Pobre Hijo” Syndrome

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By Latina Fatale As feminists we often hear about patriarchy, sexism, and how women have been oppressed by men. We talk less about how women also perpetuate patriarchy by reinforcing sexism and stereotypical notions about gender roles. Even women who have managed to raise strong, independent daughters may be guilty of having … [Read more...]

Men & Body Image

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by Chris Godsey Brad Pitt is a beautiful man. I'm a male, I'm straight, and I don't mind admitting that Brad's body, especially in "Fight Club," is an impressive sight. Same with D'Angelo, in that powerful, sexual "Untitled" video; he's a put-together dude, and there's no reason to deny it. But while I'm cool with thinking … [Read more...]

Ads Featuring “Average Joes” Just as Effective

Study finds that male consumers respond equally to ads featuring everyday guys OR male models. Photograph by: Photos.com, canada.com

A recent study in the Body Image journal reports that advertisements that feature everyday males are just as effective as those with super buff male model types. In fact, given the choice between the latter and no model at all, study participants chose no model. The ads were evaluated by both men and women, with consistent results … [Read more...]

What Men Really Think of Your Body Before Sex

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...It’s 1 a.m., and that someone special has decided to walk you all the way to the front door after an incredible date. You already know it’s about to go down, since the two of you have been dancing around the horizontal waltz for far too long. So far so good, after the first rounds of your short-lived courtship. But holding … [Read more...]

A Male View of Women’s Battle with their Bodies

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By William Leith published as "Women and body image: a man's perspective" at Telegraph.co.uk on May 23, 2010 Ever wondered why a man can look at an advert featuring a six-pack and laugh, while a woman might look at a photograph of female perfection and fall to pieces? William Leith thinks he might have uncovered the … [Read more...]

Deprivation and Dehydration Standard for Male Models

Male model Daniel Martin for Men's Health magazine

"You, too, can't have a body like this" by Peta Bee at The Times Online Daniel Martin regularly puts his body through hell. For days at a time he restricts fluid intake so severely that the resulting dehydration causes headaches, haziness and overwhelming fatigue. Having trained for weeks like an Olympian with high-intensity … [Read more...]

Dove and Diversity: Not Just for Women

In 2005, a group of ad executives stripped down to support Dove's Campaign for Real Beauty. The photo does not promote Dove's new men's line. The Toronto Star

By Sharon Haywood Ads for cars, beer, and action movies typically dominate the costly airtime during Super Bowl.  But during The Big Game of 2006, it wasn't another Bud Light commercial that captivated viewers. Instead, the Dove Campaign for Real Beauty reached an estimated 90.7 million football fans via a 45-second spot that … [Read more...]

The Reality Behind the Quest to be “The Biggest Loser”

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These days it seems that a lot of folks regard our call to accept yourself (and others) at any size, as uniformed support of fat or obese people who engage in unhealthy eating behaviors and habits. Many claim you can't be fit and fat, despite the evidence that shows otherwise. We believe that being fat or obese doesn't warrant … [Read more...]