Posts tagged "body image"

Watch This: A Hilarious (And Painfully Accurate) Parody Of Dove’s “Real Beauty” Ads

Dove has had a few moments of brilliance over the course of its decade-long Real Beauty campaigns — I genuinely enjoyed the “sketches” ad last year, for example — but the entire premise of a company that sells anti-cellulite cream trying to teach women to love themselves exactly as they are has always been problematic.

By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / April 22, 2014

Frisky Rant: Weight Watchers’ Repulsive New Ad Campaign Asks Women To Publicly Confess Their Shame … For Eating

This ad for Weight Watchers “Smart Ones” frozen meals popped up before a YouTube video I was watching, and I actually had to watch it twice all the way through to realize it wasn’t some kind of satire or parody. Unfortunately, it’s real. And it’s terrible.

“We brought women like you together i…

By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / April 19, 2014

Here’s How You Can Help Make “Fattitude,” A Documentary About Sizeism, A Reality

Fat people can’t win in popular culture. Either they are the subject of reality TV shows about often-extreme weight loss (“The Biggest Loser,” “Heavy, “I Used To Be Fat”), they’re headless bodies in news segments about obesity (or chunky cheerleaders), or they’re the butt of some hack’s lame joke. Fortunately, one new documentary currently raising…

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 16, 2014

“Biggest Loser” Winner, Rachel Frederickson, Is Back To Eating The Occasional Oreo

“I’ve gone up about 20 pounds. I think I’m at my perfect weight!…I work out an hour, six days a week. I love classes like SoulCycle, I also loosely count calories, but sometimes I might eat an Oreo. It’s not the end of the world.”
“Biggest Loser” winner Rachel Frederickson talks about her 20-pound weight gai…

By: Ami Angelowicz / April 3, 2014

Cindy Crawford Was Judged By Her Calculus Professor Because Of Her Looks

OK, so it’s a little difficult to feel tons of sympathy for the genetically blessed amongst us. But everyone has their struggles in life and when you’re a person who is only known for their looks, sometimes people treat you like you don’t have any brains. Case in point: Cindy Crawford learned an awful lesso…

By: Claire Hannum / April 2, 2014

Mindy Kaling To Vogue: “I Don’t Want To Be Skinny”

“There’s a whole list of things I would probably change about myself. For example, I’m always trying to lose fifteen pounds. But I never need to be skinny. I don’t want to be skinny. I’m constantly in a state of self-improvement, but I don’t beat myself up over it. … It’s really tempting not to take…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / March 28, 2014

True Story: My Crash Course In Porn And Empowerment

It’s easy to say that pornography is empowering for women, or that it degrades them. Oversimplifying, certainly, but easy.

The truth is it’s much more complicated than that.

I was 19 when I realized I could go to college without the debt that my friends were already beginning to complain about.

By: Kitty Stryker / March 27, 2014

7 Tips For Clothes Shopping During A Weight Loss Transition

I’m currently in the process of losing some weight. While the experience has been less life-changing than I expected, I’m proud of myself for eating healthier and exercising more often. I feel good. The one downside so far? I’m at the stage of weight loss where my clothes mostly still fit, but they all look…

By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / March 27, 2014

“Nobody Really Wants To See A Real Person On The Cover Of Vogue,” Says UK Vogue Editor — But I Call Bullshit

The editor of UK Vogue, Alexandra Shulman, gave an interview this weekend and revealed very candidly how people who create fashion magazines like Vogue think. In an interview on BBC Radio 2, Shulman — who has been editor of UK Vogue since 1992 — spoke about what makes for a successful magazine cover. Here she i…

By: Jessica Wakeman / March 18, 2014

5 Invisible Obstacles I Conquer Every Time I Run

I started running regularly about six months ago, moving slowly from the “Oh My God I Hate This So Much” stage to the “Hey This Is Kind Of Cool” stage to the “If I Go More Than 2 Days In A Row Without Running I Miss It And Get Really Aggro” stage, which is where…

By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / March 18, 2014

“Normal-Sized Barbie” Could Be Coming To A Kid Near You

How awesome would it be if we could hand a kid a doll that didn’t have absurdly unrealistic proportions like Barbie does?

You may remember last year’s 3D print of a Barbie created using the average measurements of a 19-year-old girl. It made waves on the internet because, spoiler alert, the original Barbie’…

By: Claire Hannum / March 6, 2014

Mirror, Mirror: The Weight Loss Lies We Tell Ourselves

I blinked a couple times in disbelief, jiggling the sliding weight marker on the old school scale in the corner of the YMCA. An inch to the right or left, and it would clank down, but the weight it was balanced on couldn’t be right, could it? If I was doing the math correctly, I’d…

By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / March 6, 2014

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 I’m being…

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 in a brave essay she penned for the Columbia Daily Spectator in November 2013. The 21-year-old junior at Barnard College described the moment she revealed her secret to her mom in her essay “Get Your Teeth Checked.” She wrote:…

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 a…

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 Black People I…

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
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