21st Century Street Harassment: Sneaky Snapshots on Public Transportation

A Buenos Aires bus, colloquially known as a "bondi" Photo Credit-Benjamin Dumas

Editor's note: See June 2, 2012 update at the bottom of the post. By Sharon Haywood, Co-Editor Imagine getting on a local bus or subway car knowing the possibility exists that someone will take your picture and upload it online for viewers to comment on your appearance—all without your permission. Creepy, huh? It’s the new … [Read more...]

Boobs are for Sex: Body Image, Breastfeeding & the Media – Part 1

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By Elizabeth Ganley-Roper and Julia Fuller-Kling By now, most of us have heard all about the controversial TIME cover published earlier this month. Here on Adios Barbie, Sayantani DasGupta posted “The Breast Wars,” in response to this troubling representation of breastfeeding. As two women passionate about natural parenting, … [Read more...]

Downcast, Decapitated and Dead: Why Don’t Women on Book Covers and in Ads Stare Back?

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By Sayantani DasGupta In 2007, I was flipping through the latest issue of Marie Claire magazine, when I stumbled upon a striking image. It was this full color photo of several brown-skinned, pregnant women in vibrant colored saris, and it accompanied an article on what’s been sensationally called the “wombs for rent” industry: … [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...]

Violence Sells? Time to Say “Enough” to Twisted Advertisers

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By Joanna Chiu Before anyone had even heard of the show Jersey Shore, MTV leaked out a clip of Snooki (Nicole Polizzi) getting punched in a face by a man in a bar, and the clip went viral, prompting articles like “The Countdown to Snooki Getting Punched in the Face Is On!” (trigger warning for link). The author of that … [Read more...]

Betty Draper’s Fat Suit and Other Ageist Travesties on “Mad Men”

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By Sayantani DasGupta Full disclosure first: I am a Mad Men addict. I love the show, its period costumes and sets, its take on the social and political changes of the 50’s and 60’s, and most of all I love that sexist, chain-smoking adver-jerk Don Draper and his square cut Dick Tracy jaw. So, I write this rant as a fan. … [Read more...]

Freeing the Female Body: On A Quest For Feminist Fashion

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by Maddie Ruud “Feminism” and “fashion”—two words one rarely hears together. In fact, for many feminists, fashion is the new “f word,” a dirty, two-syllable utterance to be spat out with contempt and disgust. And, let’s face it, fashion doesn’t have the best track record when it comes to liberating and empowering women. … [Read more...]

Got Milk? Angry Moms Protest Facebook’s Discrimination Against Breastfeeding

The author, Ashley-Michelle Papon, participates in the protest at Facebook's head office. Photo by Paala Anderson Secor

By Ashley-Michelle Papon On Monday, Feb. 6, five dozen women flooded Facebook's Menlo Park offices in California, challenging the social networking giant's habit of removing photos depicting breastfeeding. In addition to waving banners informing the crowd that “Breastfeeding is NOT obscene,” and exchanging peer support, mothers … [Read more...]

Regenerating Hymens and Bloody Sheets: What’s Really Going On Down There?

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By Therese Shechter A few months ago at a dinner party, the topic of hymens came up (don’t all your dinner parties go like this?) and how on rare occasions the membrane is completely sealed and has to be surgically opened. One of the men there wondered how the condition could go unnoticed, seeing as it would block the … [Read more...]

Dare to Resolve to Ditch Dieting

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By Sharon Haywood, Co-Editor Aside from bikini season, late December and early January is the other time of year that we’re especially susceptible to feeling bad about our bodies. Special thanks to the media and the diet industry for ensuring we do by reminding us that we overindulged during the end-of-year festivities and we … [Read more...]