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Health and Body

Screen shot from Emily Lindin's Kickstarter video.

Fund this Kickstarter project! Slut: A Documentary Film

Date: August 5, 2013 | Posted By: Stacey
“i love u also i want u to let me squeeze ur boobs.” Another quote from Emily Lindin’s The UnSlut Project reels us in. We covered this project in early May, but just to bring you up to speed: Emily was the sixth grade “slut.” She kept a diary at that time, and decided to Continue reading


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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


Adipositivity Featured

Fabulously fat: The Adipositivity Project

Date: August 1, 2013 | Posted By: Katelin
Scrolling through the news on my phone the other day, a headline caught my eye, “Turning the Lens on Fat Shaming.” Given the unusual title, I was intrigued; what was this story about? The link led to a video highlighting The Adipositivity Project, a grass roots initiative started by two photographers, Substantia Jones and Haley Continue reading


Facebook Privacy

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


The Duke And Duchess Of Cambridge Leave The Lindo Wing With Their Newborn Son

Media finds Kate Middleton’s new body more interesting than new son

Date: July 28, 2013 | Posted By: Elizabeth
I hate to say it, but the way I found out about Prince George’s birth was through reading this article. I was happy to see the body-positive title, “Kate Middleton’s royal baby post-bump is a boost of confidence for new mums everywhere” — despite the strange wording (“baby post-bump”?). However, I was sickened by the Continue reading


Menstruation Featured

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


Aus Models Featured

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


AMA Obesity Featured

Be comfortable in your own skin, no matter what the American Medical Association says

Date: July 16, 2013 | Posted By: Gretchen
The American Medical Association thinks it’s time to begin classifying obesity as a “disease”. This news brought me back to reality after I found myself caught up in my own recent weight loss. Let me back up a bit. Recently, after I did a presentation, someone told me I appeared “very comfortable in [my] own skin”. Continue reading


More Featured

No More: a high schooler’s perspective on More magazine’s treatment of middle-aged women

Date: July 14, 2013 | Posted By: Haley
I have a confession: I’m eighteen, and I read More magazine. Every month, I get a glimpse into what it means to be a woman over the age of forty in American society. Recently, I overheard a saying: “Men age, women rot.” This phrase encapsulates the message that More sends its readers. It’s the reason that Continue reading


Nu Project Featured

The “Nu” image of woman

Date: June 27, 2013 | Posted By: Stephanie
Editor’s note: Images contain nudity, potentially NSFW. The Nu Project is a series of photographs that exposes the great diversity of women’s bodies. Nude, in their homes, and happy, each woman photographed exudes an infectious sort of confidence, a silent declaration: “Here I am! This is simply how I am.” The photographer, Matt Blum, began Continue reading