Showcasing what actual diversity looks like is a pretty jarring way to realize just how far we have to go, and how bizarre it is that we’re still happily handing out Barbie dolls as toys and an idealization of women. More
Kim Kardashian‘s plea goes off the rails a bit when she trips over herself to make sure that everyone knows how much weight she’s lost and that she plans to lose more, so everything’s okay and she’ll be skinny once again. More
In this iteration of “haters gonna hate,” four-year-old social media star Breanna Youn proclaims that your hate has no place in her consciousness. It’s your problem, not her’s. More
It’s hard to ignore Barbie in any conversation about beauty standards and body image for young girls, and it’s naive not to acknowledge the part that Barbie plays in a much larger narrative that teaches young girls they aren’t good enough. More
Last night’s episode of The Mindy Project focused on the fact that Mindy Kaling‘s lead character, Mindy, had never let a boyfriend see her completely naked, even during sex. This set up an episode wherein Mindy worked out with her coworker and sexual tension partner Danny (Chris Messina) eventually resulting in a hijinks-filled situational comedy standby: they accidentally see each other naked. The entire episode provided a worthwhile conversation about body image and confidence. More
Dove’s message pertains a somber truth—we often have negative, hypercritical perceptions of our own beauty, and it’s the rare woman who has learned to accept and love herself, her body, as is. More
Yesterday, Elle released their February “Women In Television” issue, complete with four covers featuring Mindy Kaling, Amy Poehler, Allison Williams, and Zooey Deschanel. The Internet (including me) was quick to notice that the covers had a curious issue: while Poehler, Williams, and Deschanel were shot with about 75% of their bodies visible and in full color, Kaling’s photo was cropped to only show her face, and was black and white. It’s Melissa McCarthy all over again, and just like that time around, Elle responded to the criticism with a fairly tone deaf example of missing the point. More
Happily, Mindy Kaling landed her first major magazine cover on February’s issue of Elle. The cover is one of four for the “Women in Television” issue, also featuring Amy Poehler, Zooey Deschanel, and Allison Williams. News outlets like The Huffington Post were quick to laud Elle for their placement of Kaling on a cover, but seemed to miss the fact that Kaling received a very different treatment than the other cover girls. More
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Jennifer Lawrence is certainly on the road to winning every Most Likable Celebrity Award ever if they existed, what with her adorable tripping, congenial dorkiness, seeming lack of a filter, and “normal” girl brand. More
A man with diphallia (or, two penises) did an awesome AMA about his condition and had some surprising insight about male self esteem. More
On my very first day in Texas, I took my daughter, two-years-old at the time, to the grocery store to pick up all of the necessities for our apartment—toilet paper, cheerios, and chardonnay—and as I lingered over a display of Frito Pie ingredients, wondering what the hell Frito Pie was, a woman with a massive hairdo and leopard print caftan approached, exclaiming, “How adorable! She looks just like you–you should put her in a toddler pageant!” More
This is a low even for Kris Jenner, and it proves just how far gone we are in our perception of women and their worth. More
It’s hard to think of a bigger symbol of our culture’s body image crisis than Barbie, who has spent over half a century teetering on impossibly long legs as her enormous breasts propel her forward. This year saw a number of projects and campaigns to take Barbie’s unrealistic proportions down a notch and bring her into a more human level, which opens up a conversation about what Beyoncé is aptly calling “the disease of a nation”–the never-ending and unattainable quest for physical perfection. More