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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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  • Physically Photoshopping Ourselves Out of Reality

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      When the digital world of female faces and bodies looks nothing like the natural world, is it any wonder that women have turned to physical alteration to meet the unreal standards? The possibility of achieving unnatural ideals through enhancements, procedures and products is a game-changer …

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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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  • 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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    Sex Appeal and Thin Ideals: Are Men to Blame?

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    We know body hatred, self-objectification, disordered eating and cosmetic surgery are at all-time highs. So who is to blame for all the serious body image issues so rampant among girls and women today? Money? Media? Sexism? Psychological factors? While it’s likely a complicated combination of …

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    Cosmo Magazine: The Best-Seller That Sells Women Short

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    Cosmopolitan magazine – the notoriously risque and best-selling women’s magazine for decades – says it is “by women for women.” In a media landscape jam-packed with sources by men for women, this magazine has serious potential to break free from the stifling, predictable, cookie-cutter portrayals of sexuality, bodies …

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    To BE or To Be Looked At?

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    You are capable of much more than looking hot. Have you thought about this statement? Do you understand the gravity of it? This phrase gave me goosebumps when I let it sink in. Women are always being looked at. And when we aren’t being looked at, …

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    Sexy Ponies and Tarted-Up Trolls? Teaching Toddlers Sexual Objectification

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    At Beauty Redefined, we’re working to help everyone recognize and reject harmful ideals about bodies – from normalized pornography in escapable media messages like Victoria’s Secret to skewed health ideals, Photoshopping, etc. — but one very vulnerable group needs to be specifically addressed. To share …

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  • Mirror Mirror on the Wall, Salt Lake City is Vainest of Them All?

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      Salt Lake City, Utah, is known for its ski slopes, Latter-day Saints, Sundance Film Festival and … unmatched vanity? One of these things is not like the others, but according to research at Forbes, the Beehive State’s capitol earned the now-infamous title “Vainest City in the …

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  • Roadside Beauty Redefined!

    All over the world, it’s rare to see an advertisement that does anything positive for female body image. But Beauty Redefined is all about the battle to take back “beauty,” and now we’re taking that battle to the streets! We want to help redefine beauty …

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  • The Lies We Buy: Defining Health at Women’s Expense

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    In June 2012, the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force renewed a call for physicians to screen all adult patients for obesity by calculating the patient’s BMI, or body mass index. If the patient is obese, doctors are urged to refer those patients to intense nutrition …

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  • There is HOPE! Beautiful Words from our Beautiful Supporters

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      The most rewarding part of dedicating so much of our lives to this cause is the feedback we get from supporters – whether they’ve been online reading our research or have been in the audience of one of our presentations, or both. Along with …

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  • “Weigh Less, Smile More:” How Fitness Magazines Define Health in Very Unhealthy Ways

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    Though fashion and lifestyle magazines are the traditional targets of research on body image dissatisfaction and eating disorder connections, I argue that fitness magazines are an even more important source to examine for their potential influence on these matters. They don’t just show readers what’s in style or what’s …

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