Love Your Body, a campaign of the NOW Foundation, “challenges the message that a woman’s value is best measured through her willingness and ability to embody current beauty standards.” Women and girls are told, every day and in so many ways,that being admired, envied and desired based on their looks is a primary function of true womanhood. The beauty standards enforced by our society are rigid, narrow, unrealistic, and very, very white.
Posts Categorized: Body Image
The media tells women, communities of color, and LGBTQIA individuals that they are not worthy of being anything other than a sidekick because no one like them is ever the protagonist of a story worth telling. Rather than being representative and producing an inclusive culture, visual media outlets are constructing a culture of exclusion dominated by the thin, the white, and the male.
First publicized over thirty years ago, the lack of women in clinical trial research of drugs and devices is still a serious problem. As CBS’s Sixty Minutes reported on May 25, we now know that women sometimes respond very differently to prescription drugs than men.
I felt that my body had betrayed me: It gained weight. It gained flab. I was hurt, angry, and embarrassed. During my time at college, I got active in a sorority. It was here that I first learned about National Eating Disorder Awareness Week and End Fat Talk Week.
Today we are hosting a Love Your Body Day blog carnival, featuring voices from across the Internet.
As an Australian, I am mostly unfamiliar with the celebration of Halloween. I had imagined a day full of children, pumpkins, the color orange and candy. However after going out this weekend searching for a costume of my own, I discovered I was wrong. Apparently Halloween is a holiday solely celebrated by 90 pound women dressed for sex.
I’d liken the journey of going natural to falling in a deeply obsessive and unrelenting love affair, although I wasn’t always this smitten.
For whatever reason, society classifies breasts as a sexual body part. In media especially, censorship plays a significant role when it comes to excluding a woman’s chest out of pop-culture.
It seems society has constructed an unrealistic female image that we are unable to replicate unless we harm ourselves. Advertising for fashion, cosmetics, and diets remind us that our bodies are unacceptable how they are currently. It’s no wonder we become dissatisfied and want to change to fit the ideal Hollywood appearance.
Business for skin “lightening” products and skin bleaching procedures are booming across Asia from Bombay to Tokyo. The market was estimated to be worth 18 billion dollars in 2009, according to Public Radio International, with more than 60 global companies competing for it.