Posts tagged "body image"

A Handy Illustrated Guide To Body Shapes

The body shape descriptions used all too often by women's magazines and fashion brands have always felt so limiting. I mean, I'm a little more bottom heavy than top heavy, but I don't know that I would call myself a pear-shape. I don't even really like pears. I prefer nectarines and red plums, if…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / March 6, 2014

Kickass Woman Of The Day: Dr. Drew’s Daughter Paulina Pinsky Is A Body Positivity Activist

Dr. Drew Pinsky's daughter, Paulina Pinsky, first came out about her seven-year struggle with anorexia and bulimia…
By: Ami Angelowicz / February 24, 2014

Some Thoughts On “Biggest Loser” Winner Rachel Frederickson’s Major Weight Loss

This morning, a friend asked me what I thought about all "The Biggest Loser" finale drama. I hadn't watched it yet, but I had a feeling. "Can I guess?" I said. "Rachel lost too much weight, didn't she?" I was right. I didn't want to spoil the outcome of finale as I'm an avid fa…
By: Ami Angelowicz / February 5, 2014

Teen Petitions For The First Plus-Size Disney Princess

Disney princesses are a very specific breed of (cartoon) women, something akin to a casting session for "The Bachelor."  Tall, skinny, long-hair, conventionally beautiful. In other woods, despite the company's attempt to diversify their movies in recent years, Disney princesses are not even remotely reflective of women in the real world. High school…
By: Jessica Wakeman / February 4, 2014

The Most Realistic Detail I’ve Ever Seen On A Bikini Ad

Artist Daniel Soares thought these H&M billboards were missing a pretty important detail, so he went ahead and added it himself: a Photoshop toolbar. Voila! An honest swimsuit ad! [Upworthy]…
By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / January 29, 2014

Frisky Rant: On That White Woman Who Saw A Black Woman At Yoga And Wrote An Embarrassingly Tone Deaf Essay About It For xoJane

Oh for fuck's sake, fine, I'll respond to the click-baiting article about yoga on xoJane. A writer going by the name of Jen Caron (her real name, Jen Polachek, was removed as the byline following the backlash to her article) has written the following essay: "It Happened To Me: There Are No…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / January 29, 2014

Marie Claire Australia Asks Six Agencies To Create Body Positive Ads — Here’s What They Come Up With

Marie Claire Australia asked six of the country's top ad agencies to create a print ad encouraging women to love their bodies. They wanted to see what advertisers could come up with free from restrictions placed on them by their client ("Don't make the woman trying to lose weight look fat!") Big agencies like Ogilvy…
By: Jessica Wakeman / January 27, 2014

Watch This: A Compelling Argument For Cooking At Home

Need a little inspiration to kick your takeout habit and actually use your oven? Check out this cute video narrated by food writer Michael Pollan. Turns out the health benefits of cooking your own food -- even rich, calorie-dense foods -- are much greater than you might think. Time to bust out your grandma's casserole…
By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / January 23, 2014

Check Out Dove’s New Real Beauty Short Film, “Selfie”

Last year, the Dove Real Beauty campaign made waves with its "Real Beauty Sketches," when it hired a forensic artist to illustrate how women see themselves according to their own self-description. This year, Dove has turned to the selfie, adolescent girls and their mothers. In their eight-minute video called "Selfie," directed by…
By: Jessica Wakeman / January 22, 2014

American Eagle Launches #AerieREAL Campaign Featuring Airbrush-Free Women Of All Body Types

I don’t know about you, but every year after I watch the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, I feel like shit about my body for at least a solid month. Many women, including myself, who are normally proud of their figures, all have moments that trigger their biggest…
By: Katie Oldenburg / January 19, 2014

Lena Dunham’s Awesome Response To The Vogue Non-Controversy

"I know that I felt really like Vogue supported me and wanted to put a depiction of me on the cover. I never felt bullied into anything; I felt really happy because they dressed me and styled me in a way that really reflects who I am. And I felt that was very lucky and that all…
By: Jessica Wakeman / January 18, 2014

Girl Talk: Adventures In Intuitive Eating

We're all born with the ability to eat intuitively, to listen to our body's needs, to eat nourishing foods when we're hungry, to stop when we're full. It's our default setting; our natural state. Even just writing that out right now, it's such a "duh" that I can't believe how easy and common it i…
By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / January 15, 2014

Mirror, Mirror: Why All Those Dumb Diet Headlines Are More Dangerous Than You Think

It wouldn't be January without the media focusing on anything and everything having to do with weight loss. One of my favorite activities around this time of year is to hate-scroll through The Daily Mail, the website with what I find to be the most absurd/offensive/dumb diet and weight-related headlines. Why do I this? Because…
By: Ami Angelowicz / January 14, 2014

Annoying Reporter Asks Lena Dunham Why She’s Naked So Often On “Girls,” Gets Deservedly Scolded

Lena Dunham is naked, or partially naked, fairly frequently on "Girls." (So is Jemima Kirke. Both Allison Williams and Zosia Mamet keep themselves more covered up.) Some of Lena's nudity is during sex scenes, while a bunch of others are when her character is changing clothes, sitting on the toilet, or in the…
By: Jessica Wakeman / January 10, 2014

Mindy Kaling Is Just Fine With Her ELLE Cover, Thank You

Mindy Kaling is on the cover of the February issue of ELLE, as are three other, skinnier, actresses. Kaling is not showing as much skin or as much of her body in general on her cover of ELLE, in comparison to the three other actresses' covers. Some people have found this objectionable. So now,…
By: Jessica Wakeman / January 7, 2014

Britney Spears Actually Says Something Smart: “In This Business You Make A Deal With The Devil”

"I think it's important to look good and feel good about yourself, but I got both ways with it. I feel it's cruel how the world puts so much emphasis on our looks. I was just watching 'Keeping Up With The Kardashians' and I see Kim and what she went through when she was pregnant…
By: Jessica Wakeman / January 7, 2014

Frisky Rant: Actually, I Don’t Find Your “Inspirational” Workout Pics Inspiring At All

Last week, I wrote about Jen Selter, a 20-year-old Long Island woman who supposedly has the "best butt on Instagram." While Jen does indeed have a fantastic derriere, I was more interested in what she told the New York Post about her booty pics: they are inspiring. I quote: "If [my Instagram account]…
By: Jessica Wakeman / January 6, 2014

Anne Lamott Is Not Starting A Diet On January 1st — Would You Like To Join Her?

"I do not currently have a scale, because as I've said before, getting on a scale is like asking Dick Cheney to give you a sense of your own self-worth... I can still get my jeans on, for one reason: I wear forgiving pants. The world is too hard as it is, without letting your…
By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / December 27, 2013

If Only Plus-Size Barbies Were A Real Thing!

There are Asian dolls and Jewish dolls and Black dolls ... and 1,894 variations of other dolls that Mattel, Bratz and the American Girl Company have dreamed up. But to the best of my knowledge, there isn't a doll that more accurately reflects the body size of the majority of American women — that i…
By: Jessica Wakeman / December 24, 2013

What If A Perfume Ad Featured A Woman Who Was Bold, Sexy, Desirable, And Also Fat?

Jes Baker of The Militant Baker has done some really powerful, creative projects in the name of body positivity and fat acceptance, but her most recent undertaking might be her best one yet. Jes teamed up with photographer Liora K to produce a…
By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / December 19, 2013
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