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  • How I’m Winning the Body-After-Baby Battle

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      By Lexie Kite, PhD My amazing baby girl, Logan, turned one this week. Having been fed a lifelong diet of how humiliating “bodies after babies” are and how important it is to “get your body back” after birth, I was not thrilled about living a life …

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  • When “You Look So Skinny!” Does More Harm Than Good

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      By Lexie Kite, Ph.D.  (Originally posted in Feb. 2014) POP QUIZ: If you know a girl or woman who has lost weight but you don’t know how or why she did it, what do you do? A: Compliment, compliment, compliment! The more praise about …

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  • SI Aly Raisman Beauty Redefined

    Stop Cheering for the Objectification of More Women

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      By Lindsay Kite, PhD, and Lexie Kite, PhD Simone Biles and Aly Raisman, Olympic gold medalist gymnasts and celebrated role models for young women, are featured in the upcoming 2017 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. This is nothing to cheer about. This is not progress for …

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  • Man Up Cut The Carls Beauty Redefined1

    Help us #CuttheCarls Because Women are #MoreThanMeat

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      (This was originally posted in August 2014. We’re republishing as a refresher following Donald Trump’s selection of Carl’s Jr. CEO Andrew Puzder as U.S. Labor Secretary. See Puzder’s very telling quotes about objectification below. See Lindsay’s remarks in the Boston Globe on Dec. 10, …

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  • Your Body is Not a Before or an After

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      “Before and after” body transformation photos used to be relegated to late-night infomercials or old magazine fad diet ads, but now you can’t click on IG or FB without seeing the dramatic comparison pics from your old friend selling those shakes and skinny wraps or those fitness buffs …

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  • Are Body Positivity and Fitness Compatible?

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    If you want to improve your body image, but you have trouble prioritizing regular exercise … join the club! Lexie and I (BR co-directors) decided this week to renew our dedication to fitness. Not the “getting a bikini body” or “get your body back” kind of fitness, but …

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  • From Body Anxiety to Body Image Activism: Our Story

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      We are Lexie and Lindsay Kite, PhD, identical twins and co-directors of Beauty Redefined, a nonprofit working to help girls and women improve their body image and self-worth as they wade through harmful cultural ideals. We want to tell you about our (very twin-like) …

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  • Empowerment, Body Positivity and the Internet: Podcast Interview

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      Some Backstory: I (Lindsay Kite) am an avid follower of Meghan Murphy, and after being particularly frustrated about sexualized imagery being embraced as the ultimate in empowerment for women, and then particularly refreshed upon reading Meghan’s posts at Feminist Current, I wrote her a …

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  • Empowering or Objectifying: The Clashing Camps of Body Positivity

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      By Lindsay Kite, PhD Because our culture teaches that women’s bodies and faces determine our worth, and that only certain rare bodies and faces are worthy of anything good, people who want empowerment for women are stuck in two conflicting groups.  The first group is …

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  • Body Image Baby Steps (and an announcement!)

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      One of my most important missions in life is to help girls and women understand their value and rise up in the face of objectifying ideals that come from media and other people. Being an advocate for women feels like something I am called to …

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  • This Post is About Volleyball Shorts.

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    Here’s a fun game: 1. Google Image search your local school’s men’s volleyball team. 2. Now Google Image search the women’s volleyball team. 3. Now ask yourself why the guys are drowning in all that extra fabric!? We’re concerned about the men here. All that extra shorts baggage has got …

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  • Well-Behaved Women Seldom Make History. Let’s Misbehave!

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    “Well-behaved women seldom make history.” Many big industries want us to behave. They want us to be live “stylishly ever after,” they want our “girl power” to come from marketing that phrase on our push-up bras, they want our health to be defined by how good …

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  • Female Objectification: Who’s Really to Blame

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    Women are constantly being dehumanized and reduced to objects to be groped, harassed, catcalled and evaluated — and some men feel comfortable doing all of those things and then boasting about it, or deny it by mocking the appearance of the women as unworthy of …

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  • Watching Women Want

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      Written by Autumn Whitefield-Madrano of The Beheld I’ve been watching a lot of the Women’s World Cup, with a fervor that surprises even me. I’m an unlikely soccer fan to begin with; sports, personally speaking, have traditionally been something to be avoided and/or feared. But …

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  • Cleanse Your Mind, The Rest Will Follow: Transform Your Health With a Media Fast

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      Have you tried the latest health cleanse? It’s SO great. It’ll help you feel better about your body inside and out, and jump-start your healthy choices so you’ll have the motivation to be active and feel A-MA-ZING. THIS cleanse is brand new. None of …

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