A Swedish retailer called Åhléns recently introduced plus-sized (for lack of a better term) mannequins. A blogger spotted the lingerie-clad mannequins, snapped a photo, the image started to surface on Facebook and Twitter–Women’s Rights News shared it with their half a million followers, etc–and the image went viral. According to one Swedish publication, “In just a few days the picture has received nearly 60,000 likes while shared by almost 18,000 people.” Neat!
So, two things. More
Most of the time, Playboy strikes me as the kind of magazine that doesn’t really care to include much about women’s issues. Sure, they’ll discuss the woman on the cover’s legs or her last relationship, but whenever I’ve picked up a copy to read on the plane, I’ve rarely been excited by the questions they ask a female. Fortunately, the Lena Dunham interview for their April issue is mostly fantastic.
Well, except one question and its answer. More
“I’m trying to do this the healthy way.”
“Do it the healthy way, just do it faster.” More
If you feel like this, you wouldn’t be alone. Even Olivia Wilde has her doubts. More
Ladies! Sleeping with a light on could be making you fat! Worse still, sleeping in non-enveloping cocoon-like darkness could be… making you fat!
This is horrible news, because everything else already makes us fat. But apparently there is room for another thing. More
As National Eating Disorders Awareness Week comes to a close, I thought it was important to elaborate on arguably the most important message of all body image messages: you are not the sum of your measurements. More
INT. DAY. GYM.
Assorted WOMEN in workout clothes climb stepping machines in the background. A LUNKHEAD benches carefully in the free weights area. A class of PILATES ENTHUSIASTS unrolls their mats as a smiling YOUNG WOMAN steps into view and addresses the camera.
Welcome to Ironside Fitness.
She walks past a middle-aged woman concentrating on a set of lat pulldowns and gives her a high-five. More
It is the obsession of Tumblrs and Twitters and blogs everywhere: the thigh gap, that elusive couple of inches between the upper thighs that most models possess and, apparently, much of the public wants to attain. More
If you thought the data on women’s media and self-esteem was confusing already, just wait until you read what this study has to say. More
Most sizes over a 4 aren’t represented regularly in the industry, and I suppose it would just be nice to look up at a billboard one day and see a woman whose figure resembles like my own thanks to an excellent suggestion by Crystal Renn. More
“You look so skinny,” my friends would eagerly say to me. It was the end of summer after I had spent nearly 3 months running 5 miles each morning and obsessively counting calories. I was still throwing up on occasion, but I was also attempting to lose weight “healthily” though there was obviously nothing healthy about my behavior.
After just 10 weeks, I had managed to go from 150 pounds to 120, reducing my size from a 10/12 to a 6 (or 4, depending on the store). At 5’7″, 120 is just on the “normal” side of the medical spectrum, but I did not look like my normal self. More
A new survey has found that a majority of American women “want to see a ban on size zero models used during NY Fashion Week, with 16% admitting that they would prefer to see fuller figured models featured.” The survey was conducted, in a random turn of events, by a Coupon website but, no matter, feedback’s feedback. More
It’s that time of year again, guys: the Sports Illustrated models get trotted out at a million press junket to discuss how much they love eating chocolate (they can’t live without it!), reveal how they learned to love their curves and also share helpful workout/healthy snacking tips. More
Each year around Fashion Week, people discuss how far we have come with regarding to racial diversity, as well as how incredibly far we still need to go. Indeed, the runways certainly still lack women of color; last year, Jezebel … More