Topic: self-esteem

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 »