The LEGO Disconnect on Gender

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By Crystal Smith As most readers may know, there has been a huge uproar over LEGO’s newest product line, LEGO Friends. (Google it. You can’t miss it.) Regular readers [at The Achilles Effect] might also know that LEGO has been one of my favorite targets for a while now. Like the people protesting the LEGO Friends line, I have … [Read more...]

Eating Disorders and LGBT: What’s the Connection?

Actress Portia de Rossi, shown here with wife, Ellen DeGeneres, struggled with near-fatal anorexia, which she attributed in large part to keeping her true sexuality a secret for so long. Photo credit YourCelebrityStuff.com

By Valerie Martin October is LGBT history month, and as the resident eating disorders geek here at Adios Barbie (perhaps I’ll upgrade myself to “specialist” after I finish my MSW), it got me thinking about how little I know about the connection between eating disorders and LGBT population. The default assumptions I’ve heard are … [Read more...]

Weight Stigma: Breaking it Down with Advocate and Activist Marilyn Wann

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by Jennifer Jonassen One of my biggest heroes in the struggle against fat hatred is unquestionably Marilyn Wann. Her first book, FAT?SO!, was positively revolutionary to me. I initially found myself drawn to the title as I painfully remembered that “fatso” was about the worst thing you could be called on the playground at lunch, … [Read more...]

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...]

This Is Why I Worry About “The Help”

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By Tami Winfrey Harris A lot of folks have been giving the whole idea of a book, written by a Southern white woman,  about black domestics in 1960s Mississippi, the side eye. I understand. When my book club decided to read Kathryn Stockett's The Help last year, I was ambivalent. The book was a popular best-seller with rave … [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...]

What Can The X-Men Teach Us About All Kinds of Stereotypes?

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By Melanie T of Psysociety This [month] marked the opening of X-Men: First Class, prequel to (and assumed reboot of) the wildly successful X-Men movie franchise. … [Read more...]

Can Kharma Crush Stereotypes in Women’s Wrestling?

Kharma in the ring. Photo via www.ultimatesportstalk.com

By Ashley-Michelle Papon For as long as I've been playing the dating game, I've witnessed how wrestling (the fake kind) has a hold on the people of my generation. In fact, of all the people I've dated (or, in a select few cases, married) wrestling seems to be the only unifying thread. I had never understood the attraction to … [Read more...]

Culture: Latina Beauties

Zoe Saldana has Dominican & Puerto Rican roots; Alexis Bledel is Mexican-Argentine-American.

By Helen Rodriguez of Latinitas For years, Latinas have worked hard to break beauty barriers in the U.S. Now that we have managed to forge our own identity in American society, a part of me is thrilled with what Latinas have achieved and the role models that are now available for many young girls. On the other hand, I can't help … [Read more...]

The Truth About Celebrity Weight Loss

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By Claire Mysko In Hollywood, female stars who shed pounds get glamorous photo shoots and breathless “How She Did It!” cover stories. But not all slimmed-down celebrities are falling over themselves to shout their new stats from the rooftops and share their diet and exercise tips with the world. Their reluctance to do so points … [Read more...]