Baby North West Gets Gender-Policed

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Little Miss North West is not even 2 years old and already she’s stirring up trouble with the gender police. Her father, Kanye West, claims he invented the leather jogging pant, so it was no surprise to see little North sporting a pair of the slick trousers on her mother Kim Kardashian’s Instagram last week. What was surprising, […]

Serena and Venus Williams Battle More Body-Shaming

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It seems like Serena and Venus Williams just can’t catch a break. Though both have been ranked No. 1 in women’s singles tennis, taken home armfuls of trophies and been credited with ushering in a new era of American women’s athleticism, nasty comments about their bodies—and gender performance—continue to plague their careers. The most recent […]

How Yoga Can Heal a “Fractured Body Image”

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During every yoga class, my teacher said it: “If you can breathe, you can do yoga.” Given that this is true, why do so many American yoga practitioners look the same? Why has “doing yoga” and “wearing yoga pants” become ready joke fodder about slender, young, sorta-clueless, upper-middle-class white women? Yoga has become a modern […]

A Campus Plague

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As we observe National Eating Disorders Week (through March 2), it’s significant to point out when eating disorders are most likely to become full-blown: Not surprisingly, it’s during the years 18 to 21, when young women and men are off to college—a time of major transition after leaving the comforts of home, when social pressures […]

False Promises, Real Resolutions

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During my freshmen year of college, I caught a parasite. I lost an extreme amount of weight in a short amount of time. Although I felt horrible and had intense stomach pain, I also began to feel noticed. I did not realize that I was being noticed for my bony figure, though, because in my […]

Tiana Parker And Our Black Hair

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Someone once said that men invented makeup and fashion so that women would spend all their time thinking about what was on top of their heads and not what was inside them. While I think that trivializes the hard work and artistic creativity involved in these two design fields, I get the point. When Tiana […]

New Swimwear Inspired by the Patriarchy

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Using the tagline “Who says it has to be itsy bitsy,” Jessica Rey, former Power Ranger, has designed a swimwear line, Rey Swimwear, created for modesty. She attributes her inspiration to Audrey Hepburn. The suits, manufactured in Orange County, Calif., range from turquoise halters to skirt suit floral patterns, and I would actually consider wearing […]

Dove Has A Beauty Problem

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In April, I posted Dove’s Real Beauty campaign video on my Facebook with the caption, “You’re more beautiful than you think.” At first glance, this video seemed comforting, almost therapeutic as an antidote against our airbrushed versions of beauty typified by Hollywood and glossy magazine covers. Instead of telling women to lose weight, apply makeup correctly […]

UK Department Store Bans Airbrushing Lingerie Models

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Once again, it has become news that, shock horror!, many forms of advertising portray unrealistic images that have a negative effect on body image. UK department store Debenhams has decided to do something about it. By banning the digital airbrushing of their lingerie model photos, Debenhams hopes that it will send a more positive image […]

If Male Models Can Come In Different Sizes, Female Models Can, Too

Male underwear models are known to be dudes with chiseled abs, huge biceps, overdeveloped pecs and a bulging … well, you’ve seen the advertising. But recently, The New York Times reported that underwear companies are beginning to rethink what a male model should look like—the old stereotype may just be “too sexy” to appeal to the average, […]