Topic: self-esteem

The Mindy Project Expertly Explains How Women See Themselves

The Mindy Project Expertly Explains How Women See Themselves

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 »

Elle Completely Misses The Point With Its Response To The Mindy Kaling Controversy

Elle Completely Misses The Point With Its Response To The Mindy Kaling Controversy

Yesterday, Elle released their February “Women In Television” issue, complete with four covers featuring Mindy KalingAmy PoehlerAllison 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 »

Elle Hides Mindy Kaling’s Body For Cover Just Like They Did With Melissa McCarthy’s

Elle Hides Mindy Kaling's Body For Cover Just Like They Did With Melissa McCarthy's

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 »

Resolution Week: My New Year’s Resolution Is To Stop Giving My Kid Weird Body Issues

Resolution Week: My New Year's Resolution Is To Stop Giving My Kid Weird Body Issues

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 »

Awesome Twist On Barbie Adds To This Year’s Important Conversation About Self Esteem

Awesome Twist On Barbie Adds To This Year's Important Conversation About Self Esteem

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 »