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Tween Dora inspires girls to explore…the mall

Date: September 28, 2009 | Posted By:
Dora the Explorer’s new “tween” look has caused quite a stir. The new Dora seems to be telling little girls that looks are, in fact, very important. She is also suggesting that girls should be more interested in styling their hair than in having adventures. Luckily, the original, adventurous young Dora will live on in Continue reading

Fourth graders feeling fat: The plummeting self-image of young girls

Date: September 25, 2009 | Posted By:
In his recent article for the Wall Street Journal, Jeffrey Zaslow reports recently contacting women from a 1986 study of fourth graders, in which 75% of the girls revealed that they felt like they weighed too much, and more than half claimed to be on diets. The girls weren’t alone in their concerns about weight: Continue reading

Glamour shows a glimpse of diversity amidst a sea of monotony

Date: September 23, 2009 | Posted By:
Glamour’s move to illustrate a feel-good body story with a 3-by-3-inch nude image of 20-year-old Lizzi Miller has received a lot of attention — mainly praise. Miller is a “plus-size” (in the language of the skin-and-bones fashion industry) model, but her body is more representative of the average female reader. Some suggest that this image Continue reading

The media does (not really) feel sorry for trivializing violence against women

Date: September 21, 2009 | Posted By:
From Kanye to Serena Williams, it seems like everyone has been apologizing for inappropriate comments recently. But one apology you may have missed was that of Orange County Register columnist Mark Whicker. Whicker wrote a seriously offensive column on September 7th that attempted to use the rescue of Jaycee Dugard as a hook for a Continue reading

The fear of Jennifer’s (sexual) Body

Date: September 18, 2009 | Posted By:
While our culture is being inundated with stories about romantic, supernatural males, such as vampires sweeping everyday ladies off their feet, we get a story about a supernatural girl literally eating horny high school boys. Jennifer’s Body is a thinly veiled retelling of the age-old story based on fear of women’s sexuality. What could be Continue reading

Join About-Face in getting the word out about how young women are affected by mainstream media!

Date: September 17, 2009 | Posted By:
Who: Passionate activists! Quiet behind-the-scenes helpers! Education-minded world changers! New and familiar faces are welcome! (Volunteers must be ages 13 and up). What: About-Face Volunteer Meetup When: Thursday, September 24, 2009, 7-9pm Where: Thrive House for Youth 1100 Broderick Street at Eddy St., San Francisco Continue reading

False images: Kelly Clarkson and Twiggy get modified

Date: September 14, 2009 | Posted By:
It’s been a busy couple of weeks in the world of airbrushed images. Kelly Clarkson’s obviously tweaked and airbrushed body on the August cover of Self sparked controversy and even provoked Self editor Lucy Danziger to speak openly about the magazine’s airbushing techniques. Danziger, who admitted to digitally shaving off her own unwanted weight in Continue reading

A violent culture begets a violent crime

Date: September 10, 2009 | Posted By:
In recent news, a former VH1 reality TV star, Ryan Jenkins, killed his model girlfriend, Jasmine Fiore, cut her up in pieces, and stuffed her in a suitcase. It’s pretty disturbing to imagine that something as horrific as cutting up a body and packing it into a suitcase could actually happen. What is even more Continue reading

Get published! Write for the About-Face blog!

Date: September 7, 2009 | Posted By:
About-Face is looking for new bloggers to help keep our web site current and fresh! As an About-Face blogger, you will have the opportunity to help women and girls understand and resist harmful media messages, have your writing published, become a better writer, and have a productive outlet for expression. Continue reading

Do Blondes Have More Angst? Girls on TV

Date: September 3, 2009 | Posted By:
A few months ago I was reminiscing about all the TV shows I watched growing up, and I noticed a common theme: a majority of the female lead characters were blonde. I related to these characters in different ways, depending on my age and their stories, but as both of those factors changed, one factor Continue reading