Posts tagged "body image"

If Assholes Won’t Stop Caring About Cellulite, Women Will Just Have To Do It For Them

Iggy Azalea is quitting Twitter, and normally I wouldn’t care, but this tweet really got me: Just got back from a great vacation, came online and saw apparently it's shocking and unheard of to be a woman and have cellulite. Lol. — IGGY AZALEA (@IGGYAZALEA) February 19, 2015 I never thought I’d say…
By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / February 19, 2015

This Small Penis Party Kind Of Sounds Like A Blast

Ant Smith is a crusader for small-penis acceptance and that is fucking boss, if you ask me. After several months of performing his small penis anthem “Shorty” at open mics and gathering other men’s performances on his blog, he’s organizing a “Big Small Penis Party” in London, to take place o…
By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / February 18, 2015

What Are We Feeling When We’re Feeling “Fat”?

Remember the “fat is not a feeling” hashtag? The phrase has been around for a long time, but it trended as a hashtag last October, when Facebook added “fat” to their “feeling” statuses, complete with a smiling face with implied double-chin and rosy, cherubic cheeks. I mean, it’s a cute little emoticon, but it…
By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / February 9, 2015

Watch How The “Ideal” Female Body Has Changed Throughout History

In this video, BuzzFeed enlists 11 models to give us a look at how female body standards have changed over the course of 3,000 years. Today's (impossible) beauty standards may seem like they're here to stay, but they've changed in the past and will undoubtedly evolve again. It's cringey to think of desired body type…
By: Claire Hannum / January 29, 2015

The United States Gets A “D” Grade For Women’s Reproductive Rights, According to NARAL Pro-Choice America

NARAL Pro-Choice America has graded the United States with a “D” for women’s reproductive rights. [NARAL] Slavoj Žižek on the Charlie Hebdo massacre: “The passionate intensity of the terrorists bears witness to a lack of true conviction.” [New Statesman] The Academy Awards (predictably) ignored black actors and directors. [The Grio]…
By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / January 15, 2015

What I’ve Learned About Size And Body Image By Dating A Fat Man

I thought I’d dealt with most of my body image issues before I started dating my current boyfriend. But during the three years we've been together, he’s taught me a lot about size, fatness and self-care. How? By being fat and unapologetic. My boyfriend weighs over 300 pounds, and one of…
By: Rachel Kramer Bussel / November 22, 2014

New Dressing Room Mirrors Make You Think You’re Skinny

There’s a new company making dressing room mirrors that will convince you you’re skinnier than you actually are. 10 pounds lighter, to be exact. I’ve seen myself in that neon lighting, and it definitely isn’t the most flattering, so I can’t say I’d be completely averse to looking cuter while shopping. That’s why I like…
By: College Candy / November 20, 2014

New Movie Perpetuates Body Shaming By Casting Pretty Actress As “Designated Ugly Fat Friend” & Coining New Term “The DUFF”

I have quite a few problems with the upcoming movie "The DUFF." I'm not usually much of a film critic -- so long as I'm entertained, I'm usually happy. Movies are interpreted differently by different people because that's what creative expression is all about, but after seeing the trailer for "The DUFF," I'm downright angry…
By: Katie Oldenburg / November 19, 2014

Disney Princesses With Realistic Waistlines Look Utterly Fabulous

What if Disney princesses had realistic waistlines? Well, they would look pretty fab. No doubt about it. Buzzfeed's Loryn Brantz decided to digitally edit six famous ladies -- Ariel ("The Little Mermaid"), Pocahontas ("Pocahontas"), Jasmine ("Aladdin"), Belle ("Beauty and the Beast"), Aurora ("Sleeping Beauty") and Elsa ("Frozen") -- to show what the cartoon heroines would look…
By: Huffington Post Women / November 3, 2014

My Friends Deserve Better Than Fat Talk

If you’ve read Tiny Beautiful Things, the collection of responses by The Rumpus' self-help columnist "Sugar," aka Wild author Cheryl Strayed, you’ll probably recognize this quote: "Stop worrying about whether you’re fat. You’re not fat. Or rather, you’re sometimes a little bit fat, but who gives a…
By: Alyson Penn / October 29, 2014

Shop Your Way To A Thigh Gap!

We have comedy team Just Boobs Sketch to thank for this great parody of the extreme measures women are expected to take to adhere to modern beauty standards. As part of the group's mission to #EndThighGap, the comedy ladies peddle us a fictional pair of jeans that will widen thigh gaps with the hel…
By: Claire Hannum / October 10, 2014

Jessica Simpson Is Embracing Body Positivity These Days

"If anything, it empowered me to rise above and stand up for all the women out there that do have trouble losing the weight and it just wasn't really my priority to please the public and make them feel like I'm supposed to be looking like I did when I was 25." These past few…
By: Claire Hannum / September 25, 2014

Samantha Armytage Calls Out Press For “Trying To Bully Me Into An Eating Disorder,” Drama Ensues

Yesterday, the Daily Telegraph published an article about Australian morning television host Samantha Armytage. The article tried to frame itself as being about her struggling new makeover show, "Bringing Sexy Back," but it really served as an aggressive personal attack on Armytage's body. It included a slew of dated, unflattering paparazzi photos, with captio…
By: Claire Hannum / September 19, 2014

Fashion Blogger Dana Suchow Gets Real About Photoshopping Her Images

Last week, Dana Suchow of the fashion blog Do The Hot Pants shared with her readers that she'd used Photoshop in the past to alter some of her self portraits. She posted a slew of unretouched photos, pointing out where she'd previously shaved a few inches off her stomach or…
By: Claire Hannum / August 18, 2014

17 Awkward Things That Happen To Tall Girls

Ask any tall girl, and she will tell you that going out can get awkward. Whether it's your heels that make you the height of a professional basketball player, guys who come to your shoulder, or the perpetual squat you hold to talk to people, being tall comes with its fair share of uncomfortable situations.
By: Tres Sugar / August 15, 2014

ModCloth Vows Transparency On Photoshopping Its Models

This week, the retro fashion shopping site ModCloth made a public commitment to transparency in the media by signing a pledge let customers know if they Photoshop their models. The Heroes Pledge for Advertisers, which is a campaign of the Brave Girls Alliance, asks companies to commit to informing users if they tangibly alter a…
By: Jessica Wakeman / August 14, 2014

Dr. Keith Ablow Of Fox News Says Michelle Obama Should “Drop A Few” Before Talking About Nutrition

Dr. Keith Ablow, professional douchebag/member of Fox's "Medical A-Team,"  is known for his general assholery and sometimes-shady health advice. On Tuesday, he appeared on the show "Outnumbered" and made a remark that was bold even for him: he said he couldn't take Michelle Obama's school nutrition campaign seriously because she needs to "drop a few" pounds. Yes, he…
By: Claire Hannum / August 14, 2014

Mirror, Mirror: “Fat” And “Ugly” Aren’t The Only Body Issues Women Have

I have a friend who does bodywork -- massage and chiropractic, basically -- who is helping me to get through marathon training. This happens to be the same friend who’s training me in practical self-defense and who knows all about my traumas. When he was working on my quads last week, I instinctively did…
By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / August 13, 2014

4 Terrible Messages That Girl-Centered Ads Are Sending

The Internet has exploded in an estrogen-charged fury of pro-girl viral ads, each more emotionally manipulative than the last. And it's a good thing, because prior to the summer of 2014, American girls were languishing in princess towers, completely clueless that they had any value beyond their homemaking and boob-flashing skills. As a grown woma…
By: Cracked / August 10, 2014

Okay, I’ll Just Say It: Some Curvy Women Do Want Their Attractiveness Validated By Men

We all know pop culture doesn't always depict average people's lives or inner thoughts realistically. Unless Pink or Alanis Morrisette have new music out, mainstream pop music doesn't much reflect the realities of my life.  No matter how catchy a song like "Problem" or "Fancy" might be, they are pure sonic sugar. So, when I…
By: Jessica Wakeman / August 7, 2014
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