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Cosmetic Procedures

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The “Yaeba” trend in Japan is not so different from American cosmetic trends

Date: March 29, 2012 | Posted By: Stacey
Orthodontia and the pursuit of correcting crooked choppers is big business here in the US and Western cultures. While certainly used for reasons other than aesthetics, the primary purpose for seeing an orthodontist is to correct a misaligned mouth. Historically, a straight smile was a status symbol, implying that those bearing braces or corrective devices Continue reading

Real vaginas come in all shapes and sizes

Vaginal dissatisfaction exposes a lack of diversity in sex education

Date: February 2, 2012 | Posted By: Jennifer Berger
I’m still trying to scoop my jaw off of my keyboard after viewing this documentary, The Perfect Vagina, in which UK-based writer Lisa Rogers delves into the world of vaginal cosmetic surgery. Primarily following an adolescent girl and two mothers who are dissatisfied with the shape and size of their vaginas, she documents the frighteningly Continue reading

Fotoshop by Adobé will solve ALL your beauty problems.

Date: January 10, 2012 | Posted By:
Back when I was an editor at a tech magazine in San Francisco and Adobe representatives would come to demo the newest version of Photoshop, I found myself thinking, “Wow, women just Photoshop themselves every day — except it’s called makeup and cosmetic surgery.” In short, tech was imitating life. The maker of this satirical Continue reading

Simon Cowell and Gordon Ramsay - both accused of going under the Botox needle

A rise in male cosmetic surgery: Welcome to our world!

Date: December 6, 2011 | Posted By:
As bummed (that’s putting it mildly) as I am about the cultural beauty ideals that women are pressured to achieve—and as much as I feel that the average male is sometimes complicit in the ideals’ prominence in our culture—I don’t think the solution is to foist the same restrictions and fantasies on men. Which is Continue reading

Miss Representation is exposing American media

Date: October 19, 2011 | Posted By:
I have to be honest with you – I’m tired of seeing blog post after blog post depicting the fallacies of the media. I’m tired of reading about sexism, objectification, and disrespect. I’m tired of feeling hopeless about the state of gender representation in the media. Luckily, Jennifer Siebel Newsom’s new, edgy documentary Miss Representation Continue reading

Perpetuate unrealistic ideals with Portrait Professional

Date: August 5, 2011 | Posted By:
Throughout our lives, we are constantly bombarded by false images that seek to compromise our self-esteem in order to make a profit. Imagine if this false image that you, your friends, family, or professional colleagues saw every day was of you? I recently came across software that would allow individuals to do just that. It’s Continue reading

On banning ads, photo-retouching, and (shock!) personal responsibility

Date: July 28, 2011 | Posted By:
In the wake of the big news that the MP Jo Swinson and the British Advertising Standards Agency has fabulously banned two ads by L’Oreal (owner of Maybelline and Lancome) showing Julia Roberts and Christy Turlington, I’m starting to think about how we — everyday women and girls — can help ourselves out of this Continue reading

Rosario Dawson speaks out against unrealistic beauty expectations

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We love what Rosario Dawson had to say in this month’s issue of Shape–a magazine not exactly known for being body-positive. Dawson criticizes the cultural expectation for women to be thin, toned, and blemish-free, and calls the way we scrutinize women’s bodies “a form of violence.” We couldn’t agree more, especially with all the recently Continue reading

Is a breast-implant voucher a good gift for a 7 year old?

Date: July 22, 2011 | Posted By:
Recently, there seems to have been a spate of moms encouraging their daughters to have cosmetic procedures. First, there was “Botox Mom” Kerry Campbell, who claimed to have injected her 8-year-old daughter Britney’s face with Botox. Then, “Human Barbie” Sarah Burge gave her 7-year-old daughter Poppy a voucher to get breast implants once she turns 16. The Continue reading

GoDaddy.com — serves ‘em right?

Date: February 6, 2011 | Posted By:
Here’s a typical, objectifying GoDaddy.com ad with a twist: Danica Patrick and the other GoDaddy girls (i.e. tight black tank tops, bustin’ out all over the place, short shorts), announce that the new GoDaddy.co girl is…. Joan Rivers. “Ha ha ha,” we’re supposed to laugh, “Everyone thought she was hot, but she’s just that old, Continue reading