A sliver-thin few of the one in five dead 20 years after anorexia begins are put on pedestals, while very specific instructions of what they ate, how they exercised and their height and weight upon death are published to “raise awareness.”
Posts Categorized: Body Image
There has been a lot of discussion within feminist circles about the lack of choices for Halloween costumes for women and girls. Almost every female costume is sexy — whether it’s sexy kitten, sexy cop, sexy nurse, or sexy ________ fill in the blank. There is nothing creative about these costumes that encourage women to fulfill male fantasies.
At the National NOW headquarters in Washington, D.C., we celebrated Love Your Body Day by reaching out to the community through art. In Franklin Park, we set up a table and created visual representations of what we love about our bodies and how we express that love. I love my stomach, it is my core.I am beautiful, and I embrace my body.
When my sister and I decided to do the IronGirl triathlon, we did not consider ourselves athletes. We had never done any sort of endurance activity, and we definitely had never trained for anything like this. You might even call us nerds. But we were committed to doing it, so we gave ourselves nine months to get ready.
Today the National Organization for Women opens its 2010 National NOW Conference at a critical time for women’s rights. Hundreds of feminist leaders and activists have gathered in Boston, Mass., to share information, ideas and strategies for addressing the huge challenges before us.
Below are my remarks for a group of high school students on self-esteem issues for young women as they relate to NOW Foundation’s Love Your Body Campaign – enjoy!
If we as a nation are getting heavier, then models don’t need to be all that thin to embody the “rarefied world of perfection” that designers want to portray.
Most of these outfits look like a cheap version of Victoria’s Secret lingerie, yet they cost the same amount of money. The costume industry was even thoughtful enough to create doggie versions of sexy Halloween getups, so now your pooch also has an opportunity to strut her stuff.
Recently PETA put up a billboard in Jacksonville, Fla., that said “Save the Whales. Lose the Blubber: Go Vegetarian.” Next to the lettering was a drawing of a plus-size, bikini-clad woman — meant to represent, apparently, the epitome of the overweight, unsightly woman who should be hiding indoors. The billboard was quickly replaced.
For years now, advertisers and fashion magazines have airbrushed photos to turn models into the latest beauty ideal. Women and girls are constantly bombarded with these artificial images — fantasies they can’t possibly live up to in real life.