Reimagining Barbie: Villain or Victim?

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By Lisa Wade, PhD at Sociological Images Earlier this year, Barbie posed for Sports Illustrated, triggering a round of eye-rolling and exasperation among those who care about the self-esteem and overall mental health of girls and women. Barbie replied with the hashtag #unapologetic, arguing in an — I’m gonna guess, … [Read more...]

Protecting our Daughters’ Self-Esteem: How does the Internet Harm Our Girls?

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By Amy Williams In a world where trending stories revolve around human Barbies and celebrity plastic surgery fails, it's easy to get distracted by superficial concerns. Selfies and "belfies" (pictures of a person's toned backside) flood teens' news feeds begging for "likes" and comments. Social media and the Internet play huge … [Read more...]

A Life in Loathed Body Parts

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By Hannah White For me, it started with my arms. I was in kindergarten when a classmate called Amy—I remember her vividly—approached me from across the room. “You have hair on your arms, like a bear,” she observed. My eyes dropped as I looked from her smooth white arms to the light-colored hair on my own, and it became … [Read more...]

Three Things Not To Say To Someone In Recovery – And Three to Try Instead

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By Allison Epstein So you know someone in recovery from an eating disorder. Or you’re in recovery yourself, and are looking to help your support system understand what you need. If the latter is the case, congratulations on the complicated but ultimately empowering decision to choose recovery. I might or might not know you (it’s … [Read more...]

Body Image and Our Kids: Getting the Words Right

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By Cherie Ditcham In the film Memento, a man suffering from short-term memory loss tattoos clues to himself on his body to help remind him of his identity. Unfortunately, the memory he is remembering isn’t the real story. Now, imagine if every word that you spoke about yourself appeared on your skin like a tattoo. What would … [Read more...]

Too Much To Love: Family, Size, and Finally Learning to Love Your Body

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By Sarah Tedesco After six stores of screaming matches, tears, a few thrown flip-flops, my grandmother, mom and I walked in to the seventh and final store to find my Bat Mitzvah dress.  I prayed it would be the last since I wasn’t sure that I could handle my mother asking me to suck in my stomach one more time. “Just stand up a … [Read more...]

The Student Body: One Young Filmmaker’s Activism Against ‘Fat Letters’

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By Sayantani DasGupta Across the country, children are being put on scales in school. They’re lining up in gym class to have their height and weight measured, their BMIs calculated. And if they miss certain numerical cutoffs, letters are being sent home (sometimes via the students—handed out in homeroom, or tucked into report … [Read more...]

Dove Doesn’t Redefine Beauty, It Reinforces It

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Editor's note: At Adios Barbie, our goal is to bring you the best voices and resources on the web that empower you to be at home in your body, mind and soul,  free from external bias and internal constraint. We are thrilled to introduce you to the work of Beauty Redefined, who like us, are committed to a world where women and girls … [Read more...]

The Good, The Bad, and The Selfie

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By Allison Epstein Ah, the selfie. The autobiography of the photographic world. The 2013 Word of the Year for the Oxford English Dictionary (or OED). And the subject of many a heated debate. It’s difficult to escape its influence, either in your Facebook news feed or in the mainstream media. The OED estimates that the usage … [Read more...]

Breaking Bald

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By Joseph Barker If there was, is, or ever will be a debate about the struggle with body image affecting women more than men, the "comb-over" is the secret to ending it once and for all. Is there a more ridiculous phenomenon on the planet than a human being using the hair on the side of his head to cover up the missing hair … [Read more...]