Tag Archives: body image

Mirror, Mirror: Why You Should Take More Selfies

Mirror, Mirror: Daughter
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How Kate wants her daughter to look. Read More »
Soapbox: Crotch Selfie
The Soapbox: In Defense Of The Crotch Selfie
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Mirror, Mirror: Photo
That picture is lying! You look great. Read More »
Why You Should Take More Selfies

I am trying to be a little more organized, since I’m going to have a baby in about five minutes, and in honor of this effort, I sat down to weed through the old photos on my computer. Apparently, I used to take a lot of selfies (before they were known as selfies). You know, back in college, when I had more time on my hands. And before college, when I would just sit around in my room in front of the long mirror some evenings, wearing a thrift-store gown or the new shirt I thought was the coolest thing ever, or occasionally nothing at all, and snap about, say, two million photos.

And then I guess I grew up and didn’t have so much time and most of the pictures of me began to be taken by other people. So there are a lot less of them. And also, I discovered: they are a lot less flattering. Keep reading »

Is Barbie On The Decline?

Barbie Without Makeup
A "real girl," just like you and me! Read More »
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Mattel’s Barbie doll has long embodied all that is wrong with society’s expectations of women and the female body. But there’s good news, sort of: the impossibly shaped, blonde doll’s popularity appears to finally be waning. Mattel has reported a 23 percent drop in sales and sales have declined for the fourth quarter in a row. To be fair, toy sales the U.S. and Europe have not been faring particularly well this year in general, and Mattel is doing relatively well compared to other large toy companies. But this is no thanks to Barbie — most of their sales come from the American Girl Dolls and Monster High Dolls. Keep reading »

True Story: I Let My Boyfriend (John DeVore) Talk Me Into Doing A Juice Cleanse

Going Vegan
The right choice for President Clinton and Julie. Read More »
Kelly's Extreme Diet
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Kelly Wearstler divulges extreme diet in pages of "Bon Appetit." Read More »
He Told Me To Lose Weight
When he told me to lose weight, I got rid of him. Read More »
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I was halfway through my third fried fish taco at Highland Café in northeast Los Angeles before I realized what I’d done.

“Oh, crap,” I said aloud. A passing waiter looked at me curiously.

“Is everything alright?” he asked kindly. They’re always kind to me at Highland Café, probably because my laptop and I basically live there.

“I’m fine,” I said, embarrassed. “It’s just – I’m just – oh, God, this is so dumb.”

“What’s dumb?” the waiter said in the kind of sympathetic, you-can-tell-me-anything tone used by therapists.

“I’m supposed to be on a…” I paused and cleared my throat.

“On a what?” he asked patiently.

“A juice cleanse,” I whispered. Keep reading »

Mirror, Mirror: The Family Beauty

Mirror, Mirror: Food
Mirror, Mirror: Permission To Eat
Kate asks why we feel we need permission to eat. Read More »
Mirror Mirror: Age 65
How Kate wants to be when she's 65. Read More »
Mirror, Mirror: "Ugly"
What if someone calls you ugly? Read More »
Mirror, Mirror: The Family Beauty

My husband’s grandmother looked like a movie star when she was young. You should see the pictures! There’s one of her perched on a rock in her bathing suit, and it looks like she was posed there by a famous photographer. Everyone always comments on it. “Wow!” we say, “You were such a beauty!” And she sort of chuckles and looks away.

The story goes—she got selected as the prettiest girl at the local fair. I always imagine a dour panel of older male judges, shuffling through the cotton-candy eating crowd, hands behind their backs, in gray linen suits, sizing up the young women, looking for the prettiest one. They must have known immediately, when they saw her. Maybe she was laughing with her head thrown back, her hair lustrous in the sun.

“She was so beautiful!” we exclaim, looking over the old photos. Now she’s 95—a pert, tiny, stooped woman with a ready grin who thought Obama was cool long before the rest of us knew his name. She laughs a lot, reads a lot, and grows a wild garden in her backyard. Keep reading »

Barbie Gets A Beautifully Average Body Makeover

Barbie's Secret Life
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Photographer imagines if Barbie's boyfriend Ken was actually gay. Read More »
Black Barbie Party Line
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A mom appeals to Mattel to make party supplies featuring a Black Barbie. Read More »

A couple months ago, we saw an artist’s rendition of what Barbie might look like without makeup (and a few nights of no sleep). Now artist Nickolay Lamm has created a mockup version of Barbie based on the average measurements of 19-year-old American woman. As we all know, if Barbie were real she would spend most of her time tipping over due to her completely unrealistic, back-breaking proportions. Average Barbie looks much more sturdy, no? [Yahoo Shine]

Frisky By The Numbers: Women Are Wasting A Lot Of Time Obsessing About Weight

According to a new survey, the average woman still spends an obscene amount of time obsessing about calories and worrying about her weight. Over the course of a 67-year lifespan, we lose about one entire year of our life to thoughts of whether or not you should have that side of french fries and what they might do to your ass. And imagine if you live to be 100. If you still can eat solid foods/care about how your body looks, the lost time would be staggering. These stats are completely unsurprising, but when you really think about it, is worrying about dieting really worth losing an entire year (or more) of your life over?  I say NO. Think about all the other things you could be doing with that time: like filibustering or volunteering at an animal shelter or writing a novel. The takeaway of the survey says, “Counting calories is a part of modern day life.”  I don’t think we have to accept that. [Daily Mail UK]

GT: No Scale
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The case for stepping off the scale. Read More »
Feminist Food Issues
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Feminists have food and body image issues, too! Read More »
Stop "Fat Talk"
Seven ways to stop yourself from engaging in "fat talk." Read More »
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