Health and Body
Fuzzy wuzzy was a feminist?
Date: October 3, 2013 | Posted By: Sara OMelanie Engle, an aesthetician in Philadelphia, was shocked when a mother booked a bikini wax appointment for her 8-year-old. Though statistics are hard to come by due to the client’s age, Melanie isn’t the first to experience this. Many in the beauty industry are witnessing a growing trend of pre-teens getting waxed. Modern media is Continue reading
Dr. Pepper prescribes controversial remedies
Date: October 1, 2013 | Posted By: Sarah LLooks can be deceiving (as Reese Witherspoon proves in Legally Blonde). While Dr. Pepper’s new ad campaign seems to be sending a positive message to its viewers (featuring the tagline, “I’m One of a Kind), what message is actually being implied? In the commercials, Mikaela Mayer, who is currently ranked as the number one boxer in Continue reading
The earth isn’t flat… and neither are stomachs
Date: September 24, 2013 | Posted By: ElizabethI can honestly say that almost every female stomach I have ever seen in the media has been flat. And this is a fact that makes me sick. In no way do I have anything against flat stomachs or people who have them. I accept all body types. I just wish that the media would Continue reading
The Camp Gyno high-fives our periods
Date: September 19, 2013 | Posted By: SiriMenstruation demonstration! The Camp Gyno video shows that it can be simple to make the monthly “red badge of courage” seem pretty cool and laid back – even fun! I can’t decide what my favorite part of the video is, but it comes down to one of these two: when The Camp Gyno casually uses Continue reading
Hairy armpits for everyone, please!
Date: September 11, 2013 | Posted By: StaceyYou know what disgusts me the most about women with body hair? People who respond to it like it’s gross, dirty, unfeminine, and/or unacceptable. In July, blogger Paloma Goñi wrote an article called “I Don’t Shave” on HuffPost Spain (which was translated to English for the version I refer to here). It’s amazing what a Continue reading
Thinking we are defined by our bodies is holding us back
Date: September 9, 2013 | Posted By: TessaIt’s hardly news that we’re constantly surrounded by images of the “ideal body.” But evidence continues to point out how damaging this ideal is, and how it holds women back from achieving in many areas. And this really gets me riled up! My own experience of existing in this world, of walking down the street, Continue reading
Love: one size fits all?
Date: September 3, 2013 | Posted By: Sarah LBrad and Angelina. Kim and Kanye. Beyoncé and Jay Z. Besides being famous, rich, and beautiful, what else do these powerhouse couples have in common? Their size. Think about it. Have you ever thumbed through a magazine and seen celebrity couples who weren’t roughly the same size? If you did happen to see such a Continue reading
Dear fitness center, the BMI chart on the wall is NOT okay with me
Date: August 29, 2013 | Posted By: KatelinI have a HUGE bone to pick with my fitness center; a fitness center that I was drawn to because, at the time I joined, I thought that its focus was health and physical activity, not weight loss and numbers. This was incredibly important to me as an individual recovering from a severe eating disorder. Continue reading
Retailers embrace body diversity like it’s NBD
Date: August 22, 2013 | Posted By: TessaRecently, there has been an interesting spate of retailers using a diverse range of body types to model their clothing. It’s not like we haven’t seen this in the past, but usually the advertiser or magazine editorial will make a point of it, like: “Look at us! We’re being soooo amazingly inclusive! Aren’t we cutting-edge?” Continue reading
Can we stop trying to define “real beauty?”
Date: August 13, 2013 | Posted By: SashaBy now, we’re probably all familiar with Dove’s “Real Beauty” campaign – in which the company showcases and celebrates “real bodies and real curves,” aiming to expand the definition of beauty and boost women’s self-esteem. Just take this picture on the left, for example – the familiar lineup of thin, lithe models is contrasted against Continue reading