Posts tagged "body image"

Fiona Apple Speaks Out On Being Heckled About Her Appearance

"She hurt my feelings. I don’t think what I look like is relevant. And by the way, this whole 'unhealthy' thing has me baffled. It’s really confusing to me why anyone would have an opinion about that ... It’s really disappointing. I can’t laugh—I’m an emotional person. ... It’s a sensitive subject because it’s not something that…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / October 7, 2013

Kristen Bell Has No Interest In Your “Body After Baby” Narrative

"The secret to body after baby is flushing down the toilet every notion of body after baby. Honestly! ... I made a commitment to not allow my narrative for the year after having a baby to be about my weight. And I think that freed me up and it made me less concerned with all the…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / October 4, 2013

Mindy Kaling Has An Amazing Answer To All Those Dumb Questions About Her Confidence

"I always get asked, 'Where do you get your confidence?' I think people are well meaning, but it's pretty insulting. Because what it means to me is, 'You, Mindy Kaling, have all the trappings of a very marginalized person. You're not skinny, you're not white, you're a woman. Why on earth would you feel like…
By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / October 4, 2013

Debate This: Do Plastic Surgery Tips Belong In Fashion Magazines?

I was absentmindedly flipping through the massive October issue of InStyle magazine over the weekend when I paused on a page in the "Beauty At Any Age" section. Titled, "Pucker Up! Secrets To Full, Smooth Lips," the page included recommendations for skincare products and lip gloss for women of different ages. Pretty standard fashion magazine fodder.
By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / October 2, 2013

Girl Talk: On The Bride’s Body

If you are a bride, you pose for a lot of photos. You pose for photos to announce your engagement. You pose for photos at your bachelorette party. You pose for photos at your shower. You pose for photos with your groom-to-be, and with your best friends, and with your family, and with your parents,…
By: Jessica Wakeman / October 2, 2013

New York City Department Of Health Launches New NYC Girls Project

In the twelve years that Mayor Bloomberg has presided over New York City, the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (srsly, that's for real, MENTAL HYGIENE) has been responsible for quite a few not always-well-received ad campaigns. The words "controversial" and occasionally "insensitive" come to mind — hello, human fat being poured…
By: Rachel Krause / October 1, 2013

“Chipmunk Cheeks” Are The New Way To Look Young

Remember in middle school when you thought you had "chipmunk cheeks" and hated yourself for it? Well, your face was prime real estate! Celebrities are paying upwards of $1,000 a pop for cherubic contours like yours. According to the UK's Daily Mail, "baby face" becomes your personal fountain of youth…
By: Claire Hannum / October 1, 2013

Let’s Not Sexualize Baby Onesies, Mmmkay?

Just when you thought humanity wasn't headed down the shitter after all, novelty store It’Sugar thought it would be a fun idea to sell baby clothes with creepy sexual statements emblazoned on the front of them. Phrases like "hung like a preschooler", "I'm proof…
By: Claire Hannum / September 18, 2013

And The Victoria’s Secret “Sexiest Curves” Award Exists Why?

I try to restrain myself from straying too far down the rabbit hole of the vaguely dehumanizing, inherently anti-feminist fuckery that is Victoria's Secret, but that was before I knew they gave out a "Sexiest Curves" trophy. Sure, if they simply must do it, I'm glad they decided to give it to Shakira,…
By: Rachel Krause / September 16, 2013

10 Better Body Affirmations For Young Women

The sad truth is that body snarking may not ever end. The pressure to look a certain way may just continue to get worse. The eating disorders and thinking disorders that accompany poor body image may keep spiraling out of control. The disconnection and hatred women feel for their bodies may…
By: Ami Angelowicz & Winona Dimeo-Ediger / September 11, 2013

BBW Kristy Love Massages Customers With Her 48NN Breasts For A Living

We've all got to pay rent somehow. Kristy Love from Atlanta, Georgia, uses her 48NN boobs — but not the way you think. Love is a "busty masseuse" who smothers and massages clients with her large breasts.
By: Jessica Wakeman / September 10, 2013

The Wolf In The Cereal Bowl: How Special K And Other Companies Co-Opt Body Acceptance To Sell Body Shame

It wasn’t long ago that Special K was selling us on the idea that we could "drop a jean size in two weeks" by replacing meals with cereal, shakes and their other food-ish products. In fact, the cereal has long been marketed as a weight loss/weight maintenance plan. This is a brand…
By: Claire Mysko / September 4, 2013

Mirror, Mirror: Being Thin Doesn’t Spare You From Body Snarking

When I was a chubby nine-year-old, I worked up the nerve to ask my crush to "go out" with me. Well, I didn't ask him. I sent of my friends to do it for me. That's bravery, fifth grade style. They came back from the monkey bars looking cagey. I was hyperventilating. "Well!?" I asked,…
By: Ami Angelowicz / August 27, 2013

Those Before/After Fitness Pictures Are A Big, Fat Lie

You might have already expected as much, but those before/after picture for the supplements that claim to help you drop 30 pounds in 30 days or give you an overnight six-pack or whatever insane thing they say they'll do are all a bunch of hogwash. Aussie personal trainer and fitness blogger MelVFitne…
By: Ami Angelowicz / August 23, 2013

Why I Threw Away All Of My Lingerie

Originally appeared on Role/Reboot. Republished here with permission. I threw away all my underwear today. Scratch that. Today, I threw away all of my underwear that would be classified as "lacy little things," "thongs," or, in Victoria’s Secret parlance, "cheekies." Scratchy, itchy, barely-there? It had to go. I have never…
By: Emily Heist Moss / August 21, 2013

Absolutely Not: Weight-Loss Tapeworms Can’t Become A Thing

I think we can all agree that the society's issues with weight and body image have reached rock, rock, rock bottom when women are purposefully ingesting tapeworms to shed pounds. An Iowa woman had to seek medical attention last week after purchasing a LIVE tapeworm off the internet and swallowing it. She was advised to…
By: Ami Angelowicz / August 20, 2013

Girl Talk: How Having Sex With A Fat Guy Changed Me

One of my clearest memories is of sitting in a diner with my mom and a family friend when I was a kid. I’d just ordered a chocolate milkshake (a treat since my mother only kept fruit pops in the house) when the friend pointed to a fat woman sitting at the counter nearby. I…
By: Molly Ren / August 16, 2013

Does Lululemon Favor Its Skinny Customers?

Although Abercrombie & Fitch has been hit hard with criticism for not carrying larger sizes in stores, they're far from the only company ignoring the plus-size customer base. We already knew anything over size 10 is considered "plus size" at Forever…
By: Mary Odell / July 31, 2013

All Of My Body Image Issues Summed Up Neatly Into One Hilarious Drawing

When it comes to judging — or rather, assessing — the appearance, weight, and other such physical attributes of People That Are Not Me, I am forgiving to the point that someone close to me refers to me (endearingly? maybe? I hope?) as "Shallow Hal" (post-hypnotherapeutic incantation, obviously). It's not that I can't see it,…
By: Rachel Krause / July 31, 2013

The Man With The “Smallest Penis In Brooklyn” Just Wants Us All To Love Our Junk

This weekend, 27-year-old Nick Gilronan won the title of "Smallest Penis In Brooklyn" and the $200 prize that came along with it. But don't be feeling bad for this single UPS store Assistant Manager (who models and acts on the side and technically lives in Queens) for being a "grower, not…
By: Ami Angelowicz / July 22, 2013
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