OMG, Un-Tag Me! Photo Sharing & Body Image in the Facebook Generation

Photo by K. Kendall

by Katy Kreitler and Melissa A. Fabello We read an article in Glamour recently on how to look better in photos, and would like to share some of the key points with you, in case you, too, would like to be Glamorous. “Wear makeup,” the magazine says. A lot of makeup. All kinds of makeup. But not too much makeup! Not enough to … [Read more...]

The Body Image Survival Guide for Parents: A Must Read!

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By Crystal Smith; cross-posted with permission When author Marci Warhaft-Nadler approached me about reviewing The Body Image Survival Guide for Parents, she told me that she had aimed to write a book that was easy for parents to read and relate to; a kind of quick reference guide for parents about the body image issues their … [Read more...]

Subjectified: The Film

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By Emma Shakarshy It’s raining outside. The lighting is low and soft. There is a trail of rose petals leading to a plush white bed. A muscular man and thin, busty woman, glistening with sweat are having mind-blowing sex, tangling themselves in the sheets. They climax together, the woman’s moans jumping an octave just before the … [Read more...]

Changing the Narrative: LGBT Young Adult Novels

Boy Meets Boy

By Sayantani DasGupta It’s banned books week again, which is a time of year that always makes me appreciate the power of stories. Stories have such power, words such potential, that people actually fear them. Usually, this fear stems from a desire to limit the narratives that young people can access, and in so doing, attempt to … [Read more...]

“You Look So Different on Facebook…”

Facebook and Photoshopping

By Sheena Vasani, Intern (2011) Editors note: This blog post was originally posted Nov 1, 2011. We are sharing it again for our visitors to consider how airbrushed photos (whether your own, or those in magazines) impact your well-being and sense of self. What makes your physical beauty exceptional? Ironed out pimples, wrinkles, … [Read more...]

The Earth, My Butt and Other Big Round Things: Body Acceptance in YA Literature

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By Sayantani DasGupta Despite movements toward Health at Every Size (HAES), the truth of the matter is, size shaming is alive and well in this country. From the “Strong4Life” Georgia childhood obesity campaign to New York City’s “Cut your Portions, Cut your Risk” campaign scare tactics and body shame are part and parcel of the … [Read more...]

Boys and Sex: Why Are They Waiting Longer For Their First Time?

A still shot from the documentary, How to Lose Your Virginity

By Therese Shechter “The proportion of all American adolescents in their mid-teens claiming sexual experience has decreased, and for boys the decline has been especially steep,” writes Amy Schalet in her excellent New York Times article about boys becoming sexually active later than expected. It’s a timely conversation about … [Read more...]

Are You an Ugly or a Pretty? Technology, Nature, and Beauty in Scott Westerfeld’s “Uglies”

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By Sayantani DasGupta What if everyone was beautiful? No, I don’t mean inner beauty, prettiness that shines from the inside out. I mean, wide eyes, perfect noses, proportionate bodies, and symmetrical faces. The same approximate height, weight, skin color? Could making everyone look the same even the social and economic playing … [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...]

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...]