facebook twitter youtube tumblr share this

Posts by Stacey

Rejecting narrow beauty standards with Beauty Redefined

Date: April 10, 2012 | Posted By: Stacey
My definition of “beautiful” tends to stray far from the media’s limiting idea of beauty. Yet, when I think of the word “beauty,” too often the same harmful images the media feeds women come to mind. Day after day, women are bombarded with one narrow definition of beauty, limited to physical appearance, and further narrowed by Continue reading

Forever 21: Let our knees be (knees)!

Date: April 5, 2012 | Posted By: Stacey
Discount fashion retailer Forever 21 is adding another item on the drop-down menu of “body parts to feel self-conscious about”: knee caps. The web site featuring their skirt-purchasing options has more than 100 items in which the models’ kneecaps are completely airbrushed out, or are cleverly obscured so only a hint of curvature is detectable. Continue reading

Meghan McCain body-shaming bridges the political gap

Date: April 3, 2012 | Posted By: Stacey
Despite my political disagreements with her family, I really feel for Meghan McCain. Reporters always feel the need to critique the styles of the potential First Ladies, and this seems to extend to the styles of political daughters as well. Mrs. McCain’s hair always received quite a bit of attention (how a hairstyle has any Continue reading

The “Yaeba” trend in Japan is not so different from American cosmetic trends

Date: March 29, 2012 | Posted By: Stacey
Orthodontia and the pursuit of correcting crooked choppers is big business here in the US and Western cultures. While certainly used for reasons other than aesthetics, the primary purpose for seeing an orthodontist is to correct a misaligned mouth. Historically, a straight smile was a status symbol, implying that those bearing braces or corrective devices Continue reading

United Nations Women Board is led by… not a woman

Date: March 22, 2012 | Posted By: Stacey
Let’s get you up to speed. United Nations Women is the combination of gender-equality initiatives within the UN, and works to oversee the operational activities “based on policy directions set by the General Assembly, ECOSOC, and the Commission on the Status of Women” (learn more about them here). The 56th Commission on the Status of Continue reading

PETA strikes again in San Francisco: Women stand in as literal pieces of meat

Date: | Posted By: Stacey
Women in the media are relentlessly treated like nothing more than pieces of meat, presented as objects for the mindless consumption of the viewers, and for the financial gain of the industries behind sexist marketing tactics. Who would have expected that an organization could take the “women treated as pieces of meat” route so literally? Are Continue reading

Cleavage-clad Jennifer Lawrence on Glamour cover is not what we’re “hunger”ing for

Date: March 20, 2012 | Posted By: Stacey
The cover of Glamour’s April issue features Jennifer Lawrence, the actress who portrays the Hunger Games‘ heroine Katniss Everdeen, in a bosom-bearing one piece outfit. In the book, Katniss is a symbol of strength, but this photo subdues that strength with a side dish of sexy. The upcoming movie adaptation of the first installment of the Continue reading

Skinnygirl Cocktails: Because we all want to be a skinny girl

Date: March 15, 2012 | Posted By: Stacey
Skinnygirl cocktails sounds like a great idea at first (to some) but I’m not buying it (figuratively and literally). The existence of these low-cal beverages, always marketed toward women, contribute to the larger cultures of reinforcing gender binaries, body shaming, and the diet industry. This type of gendered marketing is frequently based on false stereotypes that Continue reading

America: Once we start to sexualize our M&Ms, we know something’s wrong.

Date: March 13, 2012 | Posted By: Stacey
Most everyone loves M&Ms. They’re delicious, colorful, melt-in-your-mouth goodness… Right? That was my opinion, until I realized just how sexist the characterization of America’s favorite candy really is. Sexism comes in all shapes and sizes. It can be as prominent as the wage gap or as subtle as the words “manmade” or “mankind.” It’s important Continue reading

PETA – People for the Egregious Treatment of Adult (Women)

Date: March 8, 2012 | Posted By: Stacey
You’d think an organization like PETA — People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals — would be a proactive organization, readily supporting healthy, happy agendas to get people living healthier lifestyles. Right? Wrong. PETA is one of the worst culprits of objectification and sexualization of women. Somehow, PETA tries to equate pornographic images of half-naked Continue reading