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The BodyCon competition encourages advertisements that subvert the “ideal” body

Date: August 3, 2013 | Posted By: Tessa
The Butterfly Foundation in Sydney, Australia, a charity that supports people with eating disorders and negative body image, has created a new video competition that aims to expose the media’s representation of beauty. “The Body Con” is a competition encouraging entrants to “create a 30 second advertisement that confronts the belief that being in control Continue reading


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Facebook, give me a break from your dieting ads

Date: July 30, 2013 | Posted By: Haley
Yesterday as I was scrolling through my Facebook newsfeed, I was treated to an ad that Facebook had decided was relevant to my life as a high school female. The words “Skinny Confidential” headed the advertisement; below, the post expanded, informing me: “‘1 Summer Weight Loss Trick:’ This Secret Was Designed to Lose Weight and Continue reading


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Menstruation: it’s only as big a deal as you make it

Date: July 25, 2013 | Posted By: Sasha
Have you ever wondered what sex ed might have been like for your grandparents? If you have, check out this 1946 video – made by Disney – called “The Story of Menstruation.” At first, all I could see were the ways in which it is outdated and incomplete. It debunks taboos that are completely alien Continue reading


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The advertising industry fails to step up to Australia’s body image diversity awards

Date: July 21, 2013 | Posted By: Tessa
Nearly two years on from their introduction, Australia’s Positive Body Image awards are failing to catch the attention of fashion, media and entertainment, and advertising industry organizations and individuals. About-Face has previously covered the Australian government’s National Advisory Group on Body Image, and their voluntary code of conduct and awards. In 2012, the inaugural awards Continue reading


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Will this be “Your Sexiest Summer Ever”? Magazines say yes (and why I say no)

Date: July 18, 2013 | Posted By: Sarah L
The most recent issue of my favorite fashion magazine is promising me this will be my “Sexiest Summer Ever!” The one where I will have the PERFECT summer fling and my BEST beach body. Ha! Only if sexy means lounging in my extra-large t-shirt all day, watching reruns of Gossip Girl and eating a bag Continue reading


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American Apparel: v-necks and sexual exploitation

Date: July 9, 2013 | Posted By: Ann
As the media coverage dies down regarding American Apparel’s knack for remarkably misogynistic and overtly sexual advertising (check out Nancy Upton’s hilarious/courageous spoof), and CEO Dov Charney’s nefarious past, the company reports an increase in net sales for the first quarter in 2013. This is a remarkable turnaround for the company who faced potential bankruptcy Continue reading


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Facebook falls flat in fighting gender-based hate speech

Date: June 4, 2013 | Posted By: Katelin
I am an avid Facebook user (is anyone reading this not?); it is an integrated part of my everyday life. So when I heard that Facebook had agreed to better control the content on their site and eliminate gender-based hate speech, I was thrilled. Or so I thought. When I learned that they had only Continue reading


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Why Jes Baker is totally a fat positive hero

Date: June 1, 2013 | Posted By: Elizabeth
Jes Baker is okay with being fat. Get over it. That’s just the message the 26-year-old Behavioral Health Professional recently sent to Abercrombie & Fitch CEO, Mike Jeffries (anyone else tired of hearing that guy’s name?). But she also sent that message to society itself. Jes has garnered millions of views on her blog, The Militant Continue reading


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Braving the princess cliché: Disney misses the mark with Merida’s makeover

Date: May 23, 2013 | Posted By: Sarah
Disney/Pixar’s 2012 animated film Brave was groundbreaking, not only for its exceptional graphics, but for its portrayal of an unconventional princess, the independent sharpshooter, Merida. Children and adults of all ages were delighted by Merida and the film has been a huge success—which is why many parents are outraged at Disney’s “makeover” of Merida for Continue reading


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My body: a (developing) love story

Date: May 21, 2013 | Posted By: Hannah
The number of advertisements that make us want to strip out of our skin and into something more slimming and youthful are more numerous than I would like to discuss. I’ve become wrapped up in the diet craze time and time again, though I’ve tried to mask it with words like “lifestyle change” or “getting Continue reading