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“Why do you want to look like someone else?”

Date: November 30, 2009 | Posted By:
A friend of mine recently sent me this video in which little Sophie, with the help of her mother, sends out an important message via YouTube. The title seems like a big DUH (“Beauty is Not How Skinny You Are”), but it surely is a message we don’t hear enough. The message extends past dissatisfaction Continue reading

Forced to be fetishized–Is forcefeeding in Mauritania that different from America’s obsession with thinness?

Date: November 26, 2009 | Posted By:
Some things simply exhaust me. An article in the October 2009 issue of Marie Claire magazine, titled “Forced to be Fat”, is one of them. It also made me sad, angry and horrified. And you know what? It made me a little bit jealous. In the country of Mauritania, girls and young women are often Continue reading

What is Real Beauty? Photographer Jodi Bieber shares her vision.

Date: November 23, 2009 | Posted By:
What words have we been programmed to use when defining beauty? How about flawless, skinny, model, glamorous, celebrity, or perfection? How about painful? Well, I’m rebelling. I have a word I would like to include my in my definition of beauty; that word is “real”. “Real” as in something we all possess. “Real” as in Continue reading

Media discourse has it wrong on sexual violence: the Richmond gang rape

Date: November 19, 2009 | Posted By:
An earlier version of this article was previously posted at AAUW’s blog, Dialog. Most people have heard about the alleged gang rape of a teenage girl a couple weeks ago, along with many shocking and horrific aspects of the event. However, some reported details may have done more harm than good in increasing awareness about Continue reading

Sarah Murdoch Untouched

Date: November 16, 2009 | Posted By:
Something unprecedented has happened in the world of Australian women’s magazines: model, actress, and presenter Sarah Murdoch voluntarily appeared un-retouched on the cover of The Australian Women’s Weekly (a publication similar to U.S. magazines like Woman’s Day or Good Housekeeping). Continue reading

The media are funhouse mirrors—female television protagonists, it turns out, don’t reflect reality.

Date: November 12, 2009 | Posted By:
Susan J. Douglas’s report, “Where Have You Gone, Roseanne Barr?” [PDF here], details the media’s failure to represent the real American woman—the everyday breadwinners and caregivers. Douglas says the media are funhouse mirrors that exaggerate certain parts of our collective reality and hide others. The media, it turns out, are gravely overrepresenting the success women Continue reading

The Shriver Report – A Woman’s Nation: Why media representation matters

Date: November 9, 2009 | Posted By:
An earlier version of this article was previously posted at AAUW’s blog, Dialog. The Shriver Report – A Woman’s Nation (A Study by Maria Shriver and the Center for American Progress) includes a chapter entitled “Where Have You Gone, Roseanne Barr?”, which discusses more than the offensive depictions of women or the lack of women’s Continue reading

Secret Girlfriend: Don’t just watch the jerk, be the jerk.

Date: November 5, 2009 | Posted By:
Comedy Central’s new show Secret Girlfriend portrays men as immature, sex-crazed idiots and documents their adventures in douchebaggery. It basically functions as training wheels for harder-core fare; the plot is weak, and the women exist only to look and act stereotypically sexy for the men. What’s new, right? Well, there’s a twist: Continue reading

PETA and Feminism Don’t Mix

Date: November 2, 2009 | Posted By:
I love the satirical newspaper The Onion. Their sharp and hilarious cultural criticism makes me laugh and makes me think. A little while back they featured this video about how People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PeTA) uses the objectification of women in their advertising: Continue reading