Topic: body image girls

I Can’t Protect My Daughter From Future Body Image Issues

I Can't Protect My Daughter From Future Body Image Issues

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 couldn’t trust my own body. More »

New Dove Ad Makes Us Hate Ourselves For Hating Ourselves

New Dove Ad Makes Us Hate Ourselves For Hating Ourselves

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 »

Why I Tell My Daughter She Is Pretty Every Day

Why I Tell My Daughter She Is Pretty Every Day

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 »

Documentary Proves Selfies Can Be Valuable Confidence Boosting Tools For Teens

Documentary Proves Selfies Can Be Valuable Confidence Boosting Tools For Teens

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 »

Moms, You Have The Biggest Impact On Your Daughter’s Body Image So Stop Talking About How ‘Fat’ You Think You Are

Moms, You Have The Biggest Impact On Your Daughter's Body Image So Stop Talking About How 'Fat' You Think You Are

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.

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It Won’t Be ‘Slut-Shaming’ When I Refuse To Take My Daughter Shopping At Victoria’s Secret

It Won't Be 'Slut-Shaming' When I Refuse To Take My Daughter Shopping At Victoria's Secret

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 »

Watch Out, Teen Vogue – The Protesters Are Descending!

Watch Out, Teen Vogue â The Protesters Are Descending!

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 »

How Long Before The Press Starts Critiquing Suri Cruise’s Body?

How Long Before The Press Starts Critiquing Suri Cruiseâs Body?

Five-year-old Suri Cruise has already been deemed a little fashion icon by the press as her extensive wardrobe and costly shoe collection continue to garner attention. Mother Katie Holmes has spoken openly about her daughter’s sense of fashion and there are countless images of the demure brunette walking around in little high heels. In addition to her penchant for purses, Suri was also snapped recently wearing red lipstick which has invited even more criticism regarding her appearance.

But I pose the question: how much longer before those zoomed in shots and big red circles are around her body as opposed to her accessories? More »