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In case you need more affirmation that beauty standards are a load of totally constructed baseless and ridiculous garbage, check out these vintage ads telling women that skinny is ugly, and gaining weight is necessary to look good and get dates:  For the most part, advertisements have been and continue to be the worst, and whether it's pressure to be curvy, thin, or a robot, it's incredibly unfair and completely unjust to make women feel they are somehow ... Read More
The pin-up girl occupies a unique space in feminist history; influenced in no small part by aesthetics of Burlesque, the cheesecake images have been labeled everything from “subversive” to “wholesome.” In some ways, the pin-up was the first mass-produced female icon celebrated for her sexuality, taking the place of the more demure, pious upper-middle class ideal of Victorian womanhood.    But the pin-up, like all commercial images ... Read More
“For almost a century we have been brainwashed by the beauty industry,” says the photographer Ben Hopper of the inspiration for his new project, a series of images of fashion models with full-grown armpit hair. The body of work, titled “Natural Beauty,” pokes a small hole in the unrealistic, limited standards we expect from female models in beauty editorial and advertising images.   The artist explains that female hair, a part of ... Read More
  Trigger warning: mildly graphic imagery In a startling critique of the ways in which images of women’s bodies are consumed, the artist Jessica Ledwich presents “The Fanciful, Monstrous Feminine,” a collection of surreal photographs documenting the psychological consequences of contemporary beauty standards and practices. For Ledwich, female sexuality is viewed as “threatening” and is therefore oppressed; here, she ... Read More
Health blog "Wellfesto" recently published a list titled "10 Things I Want My Daughter to Know About Working Out" and it is everything the world needs to be thinking.  In the piece, Brynn Harrington, a mother, questions the way we view exercise and the way that view is reflected in the culture of the next generation. Her revelation came in the middle of an exercise class when the instruction encouraged the class to picture themselves in "that ... Read More
There’s no disputing the fact that the airbrushed and photoshopped images of models in fashion magazines can warp and dismantle a young girl’s self-esteem. Alexandra Shulman, the editor of British Vogue, wants to clarify that the photos of models on the pages of her magazine are not realistic representations of women. That's why Shulman is releasing a ten-minute video detailing what actually goes on at a Vogue fashion shoot—hours of make up ... Read More
  Have you heard of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome? Neither had I, until I saw this coverage of Armpits4August, the charity group raising awareness of PCOS, as it’s known, by growing out their underarm hair for one whole month. Like Movember, in which men grow out their mustaches for the month of November to raise money for men’s health, Armpits4August has women grow out their armpit hair to raise awareness of PCOS, a disease so common that it affects ... Read More
Trigger Warning: This post includes strong language and disturbing content.   A viral video hailing from South Korea is making the rounds online – and it’s absolutely teeming with ugly implications of racism, imperialism, and misogyny. The video is one of the most awful things I’ve seen recently in terms of outright objectification of women, so please brace yourself. And also, maybe be kind to yourself and set up your Internet queue with ... Read More
Five illustrations of girls in blue dresses and bows appear against the white canvas. “Show me the ugly child,” says the soft-spoken woman to the young black girl barely above the table’s edge. The illustrations are an array of five different skin shades--light to dark. The little girl’s finger lightly touches the last illustration on the canvas. Her tiny hand darts back. “And why is she the ugly child?” “’Cause ... Read More
It was back in 2004 that Dove first launched its Real Beauty Campaign aimed at changing society's accepted standards of beauty. Dove's models have realistic proportions, showcasing how beautiful women of all shapes and sizes are. You might remember one ad in particular that accentuated the unrealistic and even unhealthy sizes of Victoria's Secret models in comparison to Dove's. Now Dove has released their Real Beauty Sketches project, in which an FBI-trained ... Read More
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