Posts tagged "body image"

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…

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 shit? There is nothing more…

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 help of a woode…

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…

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 captions like “comfy womfy,”…

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 brightened her skin. She wrote:…

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.

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…

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.

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…

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…

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…

Jessica Wakeman / August 7, 2014

Frisky Rant: My Boobs Are Not A Threat To Your Marriage

Recently blogger Lauren of Apples and Band-Aids caused an uproar among bloggers when she wrote a post claiming that racy social media images by sexy female strangers were a threat to her marriage. To wit:
When your bare shoulders and stretchmark-less bellies and tanned legs pop up, I not only worry if my husband

Rachel Kramer Bussel / July 25, 2014

Anatomically Correct Vagina Underwear Might Come In Handy Actually

British student/artist Eleanor Beth Haswell, 18, made the anatomically correct underthings as part of her senior high school project called “Why Are You So Afraid Of Your Own Anatomy,” about the ways in which women are scared and uncomfortable with their own bodies. But as some of the reaction to the underwear, which labels the…

Amelia McDonell-Parry / July 22, 2014

Sharon Stone’s Ass Is A Fine Triple Crème Brie

“I haven’t worked out in a couple of months because I just didn’t feel like it. But now I’m going on vacation and I know what they’re going to do — [the tabloids] are going to put a circle around my ass and do one of those crazy magnified pictures saying, ‘What happened to…

Claire Hannum / July 15, 2014

Mirror, Mirror: Why You Should Really Look At Yourself

Here are all the things I know about my body: My angular face no longer gains weight at the same rate that the rest of my body does, so when I gain weight my head looks smaller even though everything else looks about right in ratio to each other. I have proportionately very large thighs,…

Rebecca Vipond Brink / July 11, 2014

The “Stop The Beauty Madness” Campaign Gets Real About The Value We Put On Appearance

Created by writers Robin Rice and Lisa Meade, the Stop The Beauty Madness campaign aims to shake women out of the belief that they are not beautiful and to wake us up to the impossible aesthetic standards we’re held up to. The ads, which can be seen here, state some not-so-pretty truths about the way our culture…

Claire Hannum / July 11, 2014

Study Reveals “Three Fat-Shaming Moments Per Day” For Overweight Women

Overweight women experienced an average of “three fat-shaming moments per day,” according to a new study published in the Journal Of Health Psychology. The study examined the psychological effects that bullying by fat-shaming has on women. Here are just a few fuckin’ heartbreaking stories that women shared: “Boyfriend’s mother denied me access to food,…

Jessica Wakeman / July 10, 2014

Embrace Your Foxy Side With This Fresh Take On Boudoir Photos

How often do our partners — the good ones, anyway — attempt to convince us they find our bodies, flaws and all, sexy as hell? But sadly, most women struggle with insecurities about their bodies, which affects their confidence in life and their relationships. We want the lights off during sex, cover certain body part…

Tres Sugar / July 10, 2014

The Soapbox: Ciara’s “Inelegant” New Hairstyle And The Politics Of Black Hair

Saturday evening on her Instagram profile, R&B singer Ciara debuted a new hairstyle: waist-skimming loc extensions. The style, a temporary version of the loc-ed hair many Black people of all genders sport, sparked discussion both among fans and style outlets.

One in particular, People magazine’s StyleWatch section, posted a story Tuesday about Ciara’…

Hannah Giorgis / July 9, 2014
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