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  • Photoshopping: Altering Images and Our Minds

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      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

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    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

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

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    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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  • So Much for Your “Body Peace Treaty,” Huh Seventeen?

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      If you needed any more ammunition to fuel your boycott of Seventeen magazine and your fight for media literacy for all, let this month’s cover be the final blow. The magazine features “Pretty Little Liars” actress Troian Bellisario, whose cover story highlights her struggle with …

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  • Victoria’s Secret War on Women. Nothing Sexy About It.

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    One of the things we at Beauty Redefined hate most in this world–even more than Bratz dolls or people asking if we’ve seen the latest Dove video–is when companies try to commodify girl power or empowerment to sell sexist, objectifying baloney. One of the most …

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  • Where My Girls At? This Infographic Says It All.

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      We are sending a big shout-out to the New York Film Academy for taking a closer look at women in film and what, if any, advancements women are making. In a study of how women are portrayed in the top 500 films of the last five …

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  • Pageants, Dance, Cheerleading, and Sexual Objectification: It’s Nothing to Cheer About.

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    If you are female or care about anyone who is, here are a few fun facts we all need to know now: Sexual objectification takes place when girls and women are viewed primarily as objects to be used and looked at.   Environments where women …

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  • Weight, Size and Media Lies: The Numbers Don’t Add Up

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      We’ve all been duped. After years of TV watching, magazine reading, advertising exposure and media dominating our worlds, too many of us have internalized sneaky media lies that normal, average and regular, healthy women all maintain a weight of about 100-125 and wear between a …

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  • Body Wraps Work! To Promote Body Anxiety and Unreal Ideals, But Not Real Health or Weight Loss

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      Instead of uniting with women as more than bodies to be looked at, fixed, and judged, why are so many of us preying on each others’ insecurities by selling objectifying, unrealistic ideals to our social media contacts? Friends, we need to be more kind and compassionate …

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    Victoria’s Dirty Little Secret

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    You’ve probably heard VS rolled out a line of lingerie for teens called “Bright Young Things.”As part of the PINK brand for all the teenaged “things” across the world, these undies feature polka-dot hipsters with “Feeling Lucky?” printed on them, a lacey thong with the words, …

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  • Sex Sells, But We’re Buying More Than We Bargained For

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      “To live in a culture in which women are routinely naked where men aren’t is to learn inequality in little ways all day long.” – Naomi Wolf   In a world where advertising-fueled media is inescapable, where the pornography industry has infiltrated all aspects of …

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  • Our Issue with Swimsuits (or lack thereof) in Sports Illustrated

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      Every February, the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue hits the mailboxes of 70 million SI subscribers, every newsstand and media outlet, and hundreds of millions will view the thousands of digitally manipulated, nude and near-nude images online.   Since it’s unlikely you will hear any …

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  • Curvy is the New Skinny, Thanks to Photoshop Phoniness

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    The latest trend in image alteration might surprise a few people who are familiar with the power and pervasiveness of the thin ideal. Known as “reverse retouching,” this new trend has editors now adding curves and inches in specific areas of women’s bodies to create …

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    Photoshop Phoniness: Hall of Shame

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      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 do we really understand how serious this issue is? Like exactly HOW MUCH these photos are manipulated …

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