Do I think it’s a great idea for schools to send this type of correspondence home with kids? No. But I think an even worse idea, is mothers who react as if being slightly overweight is the worst thing that could befall a child. What kind of message are we sending here? More
Topic: body image girls
How hard it is to parent without projection. To not imagine the rope course in elementary school gym class, the thick yellow braids that seemed to hang down from the sky, causing my heart to race. The humiliation of barely allowing my feet to leave the ground before I turned around, my hands stinging from the rope, admitting defeat. Or how I never learned to do a cartwheel, because I just couldnâ€™t trust my own body. More
In a new ad which appears to advertise no product in particular except the guilt of all mothers, Dove asked a few moms how they feel about their bodies and then asked their daughters the same thing. The point of the video is to show women that how they feel about their bodies gets passed on to their daughters and influences how they in turn feel about their bodies. This is true, but also: Ouch. More
In the new Scooby-Doo movieÂ Scooby-Doo! Frankencreepy, Daphne gets cursed – and as a result of the curse, grows from a “size two to a size eight.” Clearly, growing to a size eight — way smaller than the average American woman — is the worst thing that could befall a girl and a great lesson for the kids! More
I think we have all been guilty of praying selfish prayers before. I know I have. Most of the time, my prayers are not very Mother Theresa-esque; they are more often along the lines of getting what I want when I want it so that I donâ€™t have to experience anxiety or unpleasant life circumstances. More
I have a beautiful little nine-year-old girl. She has gigantic warm melty chocolate eyes and waist length curly hair and a beautiful smile and the sort of skin poets write sonnets about. She is a cutie pie, a doll baby, and a pretty little thing and I tell her this daily. I call her beauty and pretty girl and tell her she looks gorgeous. Now, I know what you are thinking. What sort of self-proclaimed radical feminist actually focuses on physical beauty and dares to compliment her kid on her outward appearance? I do. Because even though I spend a huge part of my day complimenting her on her intellect, her curiosity, her kindness and her gigantic, empathetic, caring, heart I also tell her she is pretty. More
The 5th annual Women in the World Summit is happening now, and if you aren’t already aware of what that means, listen up. Â The summit addressesÂ everything from the hypersexualization of young girls to the war in Syria, and helps shape … More
The documentary itself is about using self-portraiture to discover your own beauty. It encouraged the girls to look at those things they didn’t like about themselves, and feature them in their “selfies.” It’s heartbreaking to hear the girls talk about the parts of themselves that they don’t like – I just want to swoop them all up and scream “You’re BEAUTIFUL!” More
American Eagle has launched a campaign for its sister storeÂ Aerie‘s lingerie line that uses unretouched photographs of models.Â I think American Eagle’s heart is in the right place. But the fact that these photographs would be considered groundbreaking makes me just want to curl up on my couch and never show my hideously imperfect self again. More
It’s great that he’s reaching out to larger girls, but will this actually be a show about dancing – or a show about fat girls dancing? We seem to have an innate need to point out when people are larger, even though it’s totally obvious and oh my God why are we doing this? More
As mothers, we worry about external messages our children are getting about body image all the time. It’s why we get annoyed by things like super-sexy looking dolls and really skinny models. But guess what? Our daughters’ body-images take the biggest blow because of the things we do and say – not just to them, but to ourselves as well.
For me, it’s much less about having a daughter who wants to wear pretty or sexy underwear and more about raising a daughter who can be confident in her own inherent beauty and sexuality that she knows her beauty doesn’t come from a matching bra and panties. Sure, lingerie is all icing on the girl-cake, but as women I think we all deserve more than this typical brand of sticky pink frosting that doesn’t celebrate women in all of our diversity and strength. More
Barf barf barf barf. My boss Koalani says that I can’t just write “barf” a thousand times for my articles when they deal with a topic I find unpleasant, so this article will be my attempt at discussing Adele‘s POST BABY BODY that made its debut at The Golden Globes last night without just writing the word barf over and over again. Barf. More
You’ve got to love teen activists. Take Julia Bluhm, for instance, the 14-year-old from Maine who got Seventeen magazine to change its Photoshopping policies so that girls are no longer airbrushed to death. Amazingly, Bluhm got 84,000 people to sign an online petition; staged a demonstration outside Seventeen‘s offices; and even met with editor-in-chief Anne Shoket, who at first refused to even admit that the mag airbrushes its models (!). Bluhm persisted and thanks to her efforts, the teen glossy created a whole new “Body Peace Treaty” that includes being upfront about what goes into their photo shoots.
Two enterprising teens are now following Bluhm’s lead. This time around, Carina Cruz, 16, and Emma Stydahar, 17, are going after Teen Vogue. More