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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

E! stoops to a new low with “Bridalplasty”

Date: November 12, 2010 | Posted By: Stacey
In the words of a dear friend, “What. The. F%$#!?” Seriously, how else could anyone react to the upcoming train wreck/sign of the apocalypse that is Bridalplasty? Just as I was about to reluctantly praise the executives at E! for handling the subject matter of What’s Eating You? with some tact, they began running promos Continue reading

“Make Me Young” makes us think about the world of anti-aging

Date: November 5, 2010 | Posted By: Stacey
I laughed, I cried, I contemplated Botox. It’s true – filmmaker Mitch McCabe’s awesome documentary, Make Me Young: Youth Knows No Pain, was a serious roller-coaster ride through the world of anti-aging, stirring up all kinds of emotions. The daughter of a plastic surgeon, Mitch explores her fascination with going under the knife by traveling Continue reading

Teri Hatcher shows Oprah what aging looks like, sans Botox

Date: October 6, 2010 | Posted By: Stacey
Teri Hatcher can move her forehead, and that’s awesome. Not only does her un-Botoxed face effectively express a range of emotions, but the actress is also the proud owner of some pretty prominent under-eye circles too. She snaps pictures of herself, sans makeup, sporting a giant grin, to post on Facebook. Before professional stylists get Continue reading

We love (this interview with) Margaret Cho!

Date: July 22, 2010 | Posted By: Stacey
“I didn’t mean to be a role model,” says Margaret Cho. “I just speak my truth.” Well Margaret’s truth is blunt, brazen, and hilarious, and anyone who’s seen the comedian in action can attest to her role-model-worthiness. From her humble beginnings in San Francisco to her current mega-success with the TV show “Drop Dead Diva” Continue reading

Joan Rivers: the face of feminism?

Date: July 13, 2010 | Posted By: Stacey
  She’s nipped, tucked, Botoxed, and damn proud of it. So maybe Joan Rivers is a less-than-likely representative of female empowerment, but the woman has certainly made her mark. The new documentary, Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work examines a year in the life of the legendary comic, and I certainly got more than I Continue reading