BY Lex Ellenthal
on Jul 09, 2014
Everyone talks about how teen girls have rough. People just assume that puberty brings about a drop in self-esteem. Why is it that girl's are expected to and often endure such insecurities about their body image? Here are some theories as to why.
Theory #1: Photoshopped images of models and celebrities in magazines and advertising!
This theory is backed by Tina Fey in her book, Bossypants. To quote Fey, “I think the first real change in women’s body image came when JLo turned it butt-style. Read More
on Nov 07, 2013
Recently, NYC subway stops and bus shelters have been plastered with the faces of little girls in all their smiling glory. Printed over the image of each girl is the headline "I'm a Girl" and then, smaller, "I'm Beautiful the Way I am."
In between those lines are listed the various ways that the girl is "beautiful": "I'm a leader, adventurous, outgoing, sporty, unique, smart and strong," for instance. Read More
BY Kat Hamilton
on Oct 02, 2013
A recent study conducted at Boston College shows a disturbing trend of low self-esteem in female college graduates when compared to male graduates. The study analyzed the results of identical surveys, one administered to participants during their first year of college and the second administered during their fourth year.
Researchers found that, despite high academic achievment, female participants had "worse self-understanding" upon graduating than they had four years prior when they took the first questionnaire. Read More
BY Katharine Ernst
on Jun 11, 2013
There's no denying that Facebook has influenced the way people think about themselves and their friends, as well as the development and maintenance of interpersonal relationships. This can be seen in the way in which people behave and what they post on their accounts - endlessly posting beachside bikini shots, photos of exotic clubs, new job promotions and even their magnificent$15 lettuce lunches. Read More
BY Tess Duncan
on Apr 16, 2013
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 sketch artist was asked to sketch women’s faces based solely on their own descriptions. Read More
BY Teresa Lu
on Mar 22, 2013
My little sister, who is graduating high school this year, has been trying out new styles of makeup and also wants to dye her hair blue. She says that this is all in preparation for college. In a more brooding tone, she confesses "I feel like I care a lot about how I look... Is that bad?" In high school, clothes and style seem to be indispensable to one's self-worth, from the hairstyle to the shoes. Read More
BY Intern Yasmin
on Jun 27, 2012
If there’s one thing that most of us can agree upon, it’s that mainstream media isn’t trying very hard to build up women’s self-esteem. Between gossip sites trashing even the most flawless celeb bodies and magazines that repeat the same lose-weight/please-your-guy/you’re-not-good-enough litany every issue, it’s difficult for many of us to catch a break (except when reading BUST, of course!). Read More
BY Nicole Finkbiner
on Jul 13, 2010
This Thursday, Good Vibrations will be celebrating the birthday, book release, and 20 year anniversary of sexologist, Dr. Carol Queen with a raunchy, over-the-top tribute at their Polk Street Gallery in San Francisco.
The party will kick off with a presentation and reading from the new edition of Dr. Queen’s book, Exhibitionism for the Shy. The dirty blues duet Keep Sweet and burlesque musician Kitten on the Keys will then set the mood with some tunes.
There will also be chances to win a whole bunch of sexy free prizes from the sex-friendly retailer. Read More
BY Nicole Finkbiner
on Jun 28, 2010
A teen drama without any thin actresses...
For the past few weeks I’ve been constantly passing this ad (left) for the new ABC Family series Huge.
And each time I see it, I feel a weird mix of emotions.
On one hand, the ad features a plus sized girl (Hairspray’s Nikki Blonsky) in a bathing suit. On the other hand, she looks depressed and is trying to cover her stomach.
Either way, it effectively sparked my curiosity.
As it turns out, Huge premieres tonight at 9 p. Read More