Category Archive for: ‘Step 1: Recognize’

  • This Post is About Volleyball Shorts.


    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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  • Invisible Women Over 40: Anti-Aging and Symbolic Annihilation


      If you lived on another planet and everything you knew about humans came from mainstream media, you’d be absolutely shocked to find out a couple of facts: 1) Female humans do not die or crawl into caves to disappear at age 40 while male humans …

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  • Our 3 Issues with the Swimsuit Issue: Sports, Sexualization and Side-Effects


    Since the debut of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue is being celebrated on the Today Show and the Tonight Show and everywhere in between, we have to counter that excitement with a reality check about this supposed sports magazine’s serious blow to female equality, self-esteem and body …

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  • Lessons from Porn: Women are Objects to be Used, Abused and Dismissed


    We are unapologetically anti-porn. It may be one of the most profitable and powerful industries in the world, and one that is embraced by otherwise like-minded people as an acceptable personal choice, but we are not afraid to state that pornography is one of the worst …

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  • Objectification, Leggings and Who’s Really to Blame


      Lots of people are talking about objectification lately – especially who’s to blame, how we can prevent it and how we can protect ourselves from it. Let’s cover those points while hitting one of the most hot-button topics on the internet — those stretchy little …

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  • 9 Reasons to Ignore Every Mascara Ad Ever and Embrace Your Own Eyelashes


      When we see this mascara ad (one of HUNDREDS just like it in any media directed at women), we have a few thoughts: 1. Natural extension-free, insert-free eyelashes on women are unbelievably rare in all media today, and it has exerted some serious pressure …

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  • Really Want to Feel Better About Your Body? Here’s Your 5-Step Game Plan


      Developing positive body image — or feeling positively about your body, regardless of what it looks like at the moment — is key to health, happiness, progress and empowerment. When you’re feeling especially self-conscious, it’s hard to focus on much else or make healthy choices for yourself. …

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  • Dying for A Tan


    Two years ago, Beauty Redefined published a popular post arguing that the soaring increase in the number of young women with skin cancer is a beauty issue above all else. It has to do with young, light-skinned women believing tanned skin is equivalent to looking …

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  • Starving and Stifled: Women are Counting Calories Instead of Changing the World


      By Vanessa Garcia (Originally published Sept. 5, 2014 in the Washington Post)  I was lying in bed in my New York City apartment when the world went black. My breathing had gotten sluggish, and my heart felt like it was slowing down. I didn’t feel …

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  • Food, Fat and Fear: Recognizing an Eating Disorder and Recovering


      In the U.S., 20 million women and 10 million men suffer from a life-threatening eating disorder during their lives. Many of those millions will never seek help and will die from the disorder. The No. 1 contributor to the development of anorexia and bulimia …

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  • Selfies and Self-Objectification: A Not-So-Pretty Picture


    Selfies aren’t inherently evil. And taking 55 pictures of your own face at slightly different angles and with varying expressions is not fundamentally wrong. BUT (you knew that was coming) … when we put this female-driven phenomenon in the context of the culture in which …

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  • Photoshopping: Altering Images and Our Minds


      Photoshopping, digital alteration, image manipulation, blah blah blah. Everyone talks about the fact that so many images of women are “perfected” with the help of technology, but we can’t just toss it aside as a non-issue everyone already knows about. Whether or not a …

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  • Mind the (Thigh) Gap


    Ever heard the phrase “Mind the gap?” It’s a warning to train passengers to take caution while crossing the gap between the train door and the station platform that began in London. Today, it’s time to use that phrase as a warning of a different …

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  • Loving Your Body 101: The 3 Questions of Positive Body Image


    The comments section of anything body image-related proves there is LOTS of confusion around the idea of “loving your body.” Some jump to the panicky conclusion that promoting positive body image is promoting obesity — like we’re telling people to forfeit positive health choices in …

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  • VF 2012 Full Cover

    Vanity Fair-Skinned Only? The Race Issue in the “Hollywood Issue”


    I guess the last few years of backlash weren’t enough to convince Vanity Fair to stop whitewashing beauty out of its pages. Here’s a refresher: the “Fresh Faces of 2010” featured a lineup of nine beautiful young stars, all of whom had one noticeable attribute in common: they were …

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