How to give everybody a bikini body
Date: June 24, 2015 | Posted By: Clare SchneiderAs a kid, I loved going to the pool, the ocean, really any swimmable body of water. I was an expert swimmer and an even better mermaid. Every summer, my older sisters and I would throw seaweed over our bodies, search for the best, most shimmery mussel shells, and dive into the very cold, salty, Continue reading
Is exercise even good for you anymore?
Date: June 19, 2015 | Posted By: Carina“Sweat is fat crying,” said the back of the gym shirt of the man in front of me at the grocery store, who was red-faced and drenched in perspiration. He had succeeded, apparently, in reducing his fat to tears, during his recent workout. I admittedly, at first, found his “motivational” shirt funny. I quickly realized, Continue reading
Holland’s Next Top Model just made a huge mistake
Date: June 17, 2015 | Posted By: JessicaRecently, I was working on a part of my PhD thesis wherein I had to describe why my research about body image is important for the broader public. Piece of cake. But my supervisor wasn’t pleased with the final product: “You need to make it crystal clear that body image is a hot topic in Continue reading
DC Super Hero Girls — to the rescue?
Date: June 12, 2015 | Posted By: JessicaGrowing up, I remember how frustrating it was that my brother could swipe away the Ninja Turtles and Ghostbusters action figures that I was playing with if he decided he wanted to play with them. They were his toys after all. Although we shared toys like Lego and Nintendo, the bulk of my toys were Continue reading
Why Lauren Conrad is more powerful than anyone probably ever thought
Date: June 10, 2015 | Posted By: AudreyI don’t know much about Lauren Conrad. Just that she was on MTV’s The Hills (or Laguna Beach? Or The OC? Or all three?) and that she now has some lifestyle blog (because who doesn’t?) that covers “primping, dining, decorating, crafting, reading and fashion.” Ms. Conrad is on my radar these days, however, because she Continue reading
Just “Bad Blood,” or bad body image?
Date: June 3, 2015 | Posted By: CaitlinNude bodices, come-hither poses, and full body scans of a barely clothed body: Taylor Swift’s latest video, “Bad Blood,” is the culmination of her sexual evolution, which we began to see with the release of her album 1989 in 2014. Sexual, or at least sensual, lyrics trickle through the album (“his hands are in my Continue reading
The haircut: A body image trial
Date: May 29, 2015 | Posted By: GabriellaHaving just completed an incredibly challenging year abroad, I decided I needed a change. Something radical. So why not chop off all of my hair? It would the perfect symbol of growth, accomplishment, and moving on, I thought. Which was totally valid. But I’m glad I didn’t go through with it. See, what I was Continue reading
Everything that’s wrong with the Dad Bod trend
Date: May 26, 2015 | Posted By: AudreyYou have got to be kidding me with this Dad Bod business. As I’m sure you’ve heard by now, a recent piece by Mackenzie Pearson (who’s a student at Clemson University in South Carolina) outlines how and why women now prefer a slight paunch over a six pack when it comes to men’s appearance. Her Continue reading
Why Danielle Brooks’ essay is so important to the body image conversation
Date: May 22, 2015 | Posted By: Haley BActress Danielle Brooks is making waves in Hollywood. Best known for her role as Tasha “Tastee” Jefferson on the Netflix series Orange is the New Black, Brooks is now enjoying a level of professional success that few actors get to experience. And she recently revealed that she’s enjoying another kind of success, one that is Continue reading
Tina Fey and the bare truth (about shapewear)
Date: May 12, 2015 | Posted By: AudreyThe other night, actress/comedian Tina Fey stripped down to her underwear on The Late Show with David Letterman. Ostensibly, it was to “honor” the talk show host ahead of his imminent retirement. But what Fey really did was show the whole world just what it takes for some women to wear a form-fitting dress and Continue reading