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Maxim magazine considers feminism a disease to be “cured”

Date: January 6, 2012 | Posted By:
I’m not a fan of Maxim magazine, and one glance at any of their covers will tell you why. Geared towards a hyper-masculine gaze – the intense sexualization of the models, the constant reinforcement of the message that women’s role is one of sexual servitude, the comparisons of women to toys, puppets, or food items Continue reading

1940s ads: Fat-shaming is rooted in skinny-shaming

Date: January 3, 2012 | Posted By:
I sometimes wonder if the cultural obsession over weight, physical appearance, and body-shaming is something new — something that may have emerged in the past couple of decades as a trend that will crest, and then, hopefully, diminish. Unfortunately, this hope was dashed when I came across a string of old advertisements that were published during Continue reading

Ring in the new year without body shame

Date: January 1, 2012 | Posted By: Jennifer Berger
The New Year is upon us, and with it comes the pervasive, and often heavily marketed, promise of a better tomorrow. About 40% of American adults make at least one New Year’s resolution. Goals range from drinking less to reading more books, but unsurprisingly, in our body-conscious culture (in which rates of both eating disorders Continue reading