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Weight Loss and Diet Industry

Even after Hanna’s transformation into a “pretty” little liar, the show continued to use her eating as a way to shame the character.

Pretty Little Liars’ lies about “pretty”

Date: August 17, 2014 | Posted By: Caitlin Lansing
Love it or hate it, ABC Family’s Pretty Little Liars is an inescapable staple of current pop culture. The soupy and sartorial mystery/horror show debuted in 2010 and is nearing the end of its fifth season, with its success due to the the mix of guilty pleasure TV and a savvy intelligence of the culture in Continue reading


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Should you take it (almost) all off for a telfie?

Date: July 25, 2014 | Posted By: Audrey
Ok, so you guys. Did you know that “Telfies” are a real thing? Yeah, uh huh. Telfies, meaning a selfie where you bare your tummy. Because apparently if you have a flat stomach, you need to make sure the whole world can see it on their phones. I’m all about “Live and let live,” and Continue reading


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This summer, get YOUR perfect media literacy body in just 5 steps!

Date: July 3, 2014 | Posted By: Elizabeth
Since I occasionally get bored while waiting in line to pay for groceries, I periodically experience the utter joy of seeing a seemingly body-positive teen mag, leafing through it, and having my hopes crushed. At this point in my life, I pick up the magazines not out of legitimate hope that a Seventeen article entitled Continue reading


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One million other things to do this summer besides worry about your weight

Date: June 27, 2014 | Posted By: Sarah L
For some people, summer means endless days of sleeping in, binging on Netflix, working on your tan, scoping out hot lifeguards, and making memories. However, if you’re like me and you have struggled with body image issues, summer can be a difficult time. Not only will your body be on display a whole lot more, Continue reading


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The Bikini Bridge: hoax, hot new trend, or both?

Date: June 20, 2014 | Posted By: Audrey
When you lie down in your bikini at the beach, are the edges suspended between the two hip bones, causing a space between the bikini and the lower abdomen? If so, then you’ve got a bikini bridge! Which is a real thing. Sort of. See, last January, the social media site called 4Chan decided to Continue reading


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Names that shame: from muffin tops to thunder thighs

Date: May 29, 2014 | Posted By: Elizabeth
Recently, I bought a pair of edgy, tight-fitting jeans. I was feeling pretty confident in them until my hand happened to brush against the fattier part of my hip on the edge of my jeans. Immediately, my media-brain set off its sirens: “Muffin top alert! Ladies and gentlemen, we have a muffin top! Please evacuate Continue reading


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The revolution is now (and the warriors are naked)

Date: May 27, 2014 | Posted By: Audrey
Finally it seems like we’re at a tipping point regarding the unrelenting (and totally bogus) pressure placed upon new moms (make that all women, actually) by the incessant chronicling of just how fast celebrities manage to drop their baby weight and somehow look even better than they did before having kids. First, Ashlee Wells Jackson, Continue reading


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When thin is fat and fat is thin

Date: May 8, 2014 | Posted By: Audrey
Has anyone else noticed that when it comes to popular media, some celebrities are praised for their apparently unbelievably fantabulous bodies and amazing physiques, while others who look pretty much exactly the same in terms of size and weight are criticized for their curves?  Or how sometimes “real” – as in, real bodies – is Continue reading


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Weight loss fairy tales

Date: April 23, 2014 | Posted By: Sasha
Unless it’s “too much,” magazines and TV shows always portray weight loss as an inherent good. Weight loss makes you healthier, happier, and more attractive, able to do so much you couldn’t do before. We’ve all seen the beaming smiles on People Magazine’s cover, with text reading “Half Their Size!” or articles about “How I Continue reading


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Fit Mom’s publicity undermines her message

Date: April 7, 2014 | Posted By: Tessa
If you haven’t heard about the body-shaming sensation that is “Fit Mom,” here’s a primer: Maria Kang, from Sacramento, California, is a self-employed mother of three boys. She owns two residential care homes for the elderly, and she founded a nonprofit called Fitness Without Borders. In September 2013, Kang posted a photo on her Facebook Continue reading