The False Mirror: On Diversity, Bizarre Barbies, and Body Image Activism

Photo by Ilene Seganove, ‘The Dissatisfactions Of Ilene Segalove’

By Sayantani DasGupta There’s a character on television’s The Vampire Diaries who is called “Vampire Barbie.” Which I think is kind of ironic. Because on the one hand, vampires aren’t supposed to see themselves in mirrors – and yet, that’s what the cultural icon of Barbie is all about. A certain kind of unattainable, … [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...]

Seeing Beauty in All: Over-40 Nudes

Elderly couple on beach

By Sharon Haywood In the summer of 2010 photographer Keith Seat gave life to the project “Seeing Beauty in All: Over-40 Nudes” based out of Washington, DC. He has compiled a wonderful array of black-and-white photos, using non-professional models over the age of 4o. (The oldest models to date are in their mid-70s). He explains his … [Read more...]

Deconstructing Kanye’s “Monster”

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By Pia Guerrero, Founder and Co-Editor Last week we posted a petition calling to stop the official release of Kanye West’s “Monster” video for its eroticized depictions of death and extreme violence against women.  Since then news of the video and our petition to MTV and Universal Music has gained momentum causing bloggers and … [Read more...]

The Hair Up There

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By Tami Winfrey-Harris, Co-editor of Love Isn't Enough My hair is remarkable. This weekend, I went home to the Chicagoland area for a party. My hostess had welcomed old friends and family into her home to celebrate the life of her sister. Folks crowded into the basement and hugged and laughed and hollered and drank, while a … [Read more...]

Korean Star Speaks of Her “Asian Bottom”

Korean singer Lee Hyori

Originally posted at SexGenderBody. Cross-posted with permission. By James Turnbull Well, the bottom half of her body is Asian to be precise. But then she is Korean after all, so what on Earth does that make the top half? Western, according to her. And while she’s happy with that at least, in contrast she’s quite … [Read more...]

Is There a Problem with a White Fashion Director at a Black Magazine?

August 2010 cover of Essence magazine

"Essence Editor Responds to Controversial Hiring of a White Fashion Director" by Jessica Wakeman at The Frisky On Monday, a media industry blog revealed that Essence, a lifestyle magazine geared towards black women, had hired a new fashion director named Ellianna Placas, to begin in September. But it was not the lines on her … [Read more...]

Brazil’s Runway Models Predominantly White

Brazilian model Gisele Bundchen, Photo courtesy of AP

"Off Runway, Brazilian Beauty Goes Beyond Blond" By Alexei Barrionuevo at The New York Times on June 7, 2010 Before setting out in a pink S.U.V. to comb the schoolyards and shopping malls of southern Brazil, Alisson Chornak studies books, maps and Web sites to understand how the towns were colonized and how European their … [Read more...]

What is the “Colour of Beauty”?

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By Sharon Haywood According to a 2008 survey about models in New York fashion week: Six percent are Black Six percent are Asian One percent are Latina Eighty-seven percent are White … [Read more...]

Global “Colorism” Looks a Lot Like Racism

Candid photograph of Beyonce (left); Beyonce airbrushed in a Loreal ad (right); juxtaposition by Feministing.

What Can We Do About Colorism? by Courtney Young at the Ms. Magazine blog As a woman of color who is deeply concerned and invested in interrogating the ways in which women continue to be marginalized, I've often wondered why more work hasn't been done on the issue of colorism, both domestically and globally. … [Read more...]