Posts by Jennifer Berger
A Mother’s Day message for all the moms (and pseudo-moms) from About-Face
Date: May 10, 2015 | Posted By: Jennifer BergerThank you to all the About-Face moms dedicated to helping their children build healthy self-esteem! Happy Mother’s Day! Here are some resources for parents and other adults to give teenagers the tools they need to understand and resist media: Check out our list of resources and organizations that support positive body image, high self-esteem, and empowerment. Continue reading
Cause for celebration? Sports Illustrated discovers plus-size women
Date: February 11, 2015 | Posted By: Jennifer BergerYesterday, About-Face’s executive director, Jennifer Berger, was published in the San Francisco Chronicle with an op-ed (that is, “opinion editorial”) about the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue. In it, Jennifer praises Sports Illustrated for running the images of the larger models, but also states: On the other hand, the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue is really just Continue reading
Great Super Bowl for women and girls, right? Wrong.
Date: February 2, 2015 | Posted By: Jennifer BergerAfter so many years of incredibly degrading, sexist, and sexualized ads, the ways women were represented in this year’s Super Bowl commercials, overall, were much less problematic and insulting. It sure seems like advertisers have been listening to what gender equity activists have been saying for many years. So this is great. Sexism in the Super Continue reading
Time’s almost up for Give Everybody a Bikini Body
Date: July 7, 2014 | Posted By: Jennifer BergerHey About-Face blog readers! Did you know we have a ridiculously exciting crowdfunding campaign going on through Indiegogo? That it’s our first one ever? And that it’s ending in THREE DAYS? It’s called: As of right now, we’re at 98% of our goal, with about $150 left to raise in the next 3 days! Even Continue reading
Down with the Victoria’s Secret “Fashion Show”
Date: December 10, 2013 | Posted By: Jennifer BergerAt About-Face, we are boycotting the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, which airs tonight on CBS. We’re joining in with the awesome women at Beauty Redefined, who are starting the boycott. Here’s something I still find kind of embarrassing: Victoria’s Secret was a key ingredient in the damaging of my body image as a teenager. I Continue reading
Never Did I Think I Would Be Standing on the Street Half-Naked: A recap of About-Face’s most recent and gutsiest action yet
Date: June 18, 2013 | Posted By: Jennifer BergerOn Saturday, June 15th, 2013, I was with About-Face and supporters as we stood scantily clad in front of Victoria’s Secret on Powell in San Francisco for our latest action, called Operation Real Bodies Real Love. Wearing only our bras and underwear, we were making a statement about what real bodies look like (and how Continue reading
Croods best ensemble movie since Incredibles. Take your kids!
Date: April 11, 2013 | Posted By: Jennifer BergerThis piece was originally published by Margot Magowan on her blog, Reel Girl. My three daughters, my niece, my sister, and I LOVED The Croods. From beginning to end, this movie is fantastic. The characters are great and the animation is gorgeous. The Croods is the best ensemble animated movie since The Incredibles, and like Continue reading
Reel Girl’s gallery of girls gone missing from children’s movies in 2012
Date: December 13, 2012 | Posted By: Jennifer BergerThis article was originally published by Margot Magowan on her blog, Reel Girl. I’ve been avoiding writing this post. I knew that female characters in children’s movies were not faring well in 2012. Not in number and not in stature. But I kept hoping. Hoping that somehow, before January, something would change, a slew of Continue reading
Not wearing makeup on TV is literally Headline News
Date: September 13, 2012 | Posted By: Jennifer BergerI have a pretty traditional work schedule, in that I’m not usually home during the day. This means that I’m not too familiar with talk shows. So, when I saw the headline “’The Talk’ hosts’ makeup-free premiere,” I wasn’t sure what or whom they were discussing. It turns out that “The Talk” is a daytime Continue reading
About Face doc: Want to hate yourself? Try modeling.
Date: August 2, 2012 | Posted By: Jennifer Berger“I don’t think there’s any 15-year-old girl that will turn down the chance to be called beautiful. You don’t realize at that point that you’re also going to get called ugly,” says Paulina Porizkova, talking about being discovered as a model, about halfway through the new documentary film About Face (no relation to this blog Continue reading