Five Lessons in Loving Your Body

2012 winner of LYBD poster contest by Erin Agnoli

By Maddie Ruud Today is Love Your Body Day (#LYBD), inspiring all of us to take stock of our personal relationships with our bodies--an area where we all have room for improvement. For 15 years, the NOW (National Organization for Women) Foundation has encouraged us to challenge society’s messages that our worth as women is … [Read more...]

The War Within: Your Body, Your Self

Image by Charlotte Astrid

By Maddie Ruud It’s easy to feel like your body is the enemy. After all, Western philosophy is heavily dependent on the idea of dualism (the idea that the body and mind are separate), and we’re surrounded by propaganda that rams that message home. Advertising rhetoric is full of language that aggressively pits “us” (ie., our … [Read more...]

In the Mirror: What Do You See?

"Mirror" by Paul Delvaux

By Ophira Edut, Pia Guerrero & Sharon Haywood, AdiosBarbie.com Editors Why do you look in the mirror? And what’s happening in your head when you do? Mirror time is often distracted, a place to procrastinate or drift to when you feel anxious. In the midst of a creative block, we’ve popped non-existent zits, pinched our … [Read more...]

Why Shawn Johnson’s Weight Loss is Not Heroic

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By Ashley-Michelle Papon Three years ago, America fell in love with the plucky Shawn Johnson. Just 16, she captured plenty of hearts—and headlines—with three silver medals during the 2008 Olympics. The talented gymnast also took home a gold medal, a highlight for many during a competition riddled with controversy and accusations … [Read more...]

Ironing Out The Wrinkles of Wanting Plastic Surgery

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by Sharon Haywood, Co-Editor "You look different but I'm not sure what it is," I prod my Argentine friend Marcela. "Botox," she says with a smile. "Now I know why your eyes look bigger." "Oh really? Great!" "Where did they inject it?" "I had my eyes and forehead done. Looks good, no?" she says running her … [Read more...]

Feel Fat? Try Burlesque to Feel Beautiful

Photo by Powerful Goddess Photography

By Kitty Cavalier Recently a friend told me she wants to love her body but she always feels fat. I dedicate this article to her. No woman is immune from "feeling fat." But notice we don't say, "I have fat on my body all the time." What we are describing is the FEELING of being fat. For every woman, the feeling of being fat … [Read more...]

Novel as Mirror: Teen Literature and Body Image

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By Sayantani DasGupta The first young adult (YA) novel I ever read that had to do with body image was Judy Blume’s Deenie (1973). In it, 13-year-old Wilmadeen “Deenie” is the “pretty one” of the family, the one whose mother dreams will be a model someday. When Deenie is diagnosed with scoliosis and required to wear a back brace, … [Read more...]

Mirror-Less Schooling: A Positive Initiative?

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By Sharon Haywood, Co-Editor Last month, a UK high school attracted media attention when its administration chose to remove all mirrors from its bathrooms. Shelley College in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire put the policy in place only a few weeks into the new school year to enforce the no-makeup rule for students between the ages … [Read more...]

Aerial Arts for All Bodies

Jennifer Jonassen takes an aerial class with Michelle Sargent. Photo by Sierra Lisa

By Jennifer Jonassen About a year ago I was working on a circus variety show in L.A. called Your Town Follies. One night, I was talking to my fellow cast mate Michelle Sargent, a seasoned professional aerial artist and circus performer. I was telling her that the beauty and artistry in aerial acts always made me cry. There was a … [Read more...]

For Spirit Junkie Gabrielle Bernstein, Body Acceptance is Essential for Self-Love

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By Valerie Kusler “For twenty years, I kept a journal. I wrote about heartbreak, anxiety, and eating disorders. I wrote about trying to quit drugs while high on drugs. Pages and pages are filled with self-loathing and self-doubt. My journal was my only outlet from the turmoil and deep-rooted pain I felt every day. I’d release my … [Read more...]