Body Image / Films / Women and Gender

Quote of the Day: Actor/Director Sarah Polley on Women’s Bodies in Film

Originally published at Bitch Flicks. In an interview with NPR’s All Things Considered, director and actor Sarah Polley spoke about her new film Take This Waltz. She also discussed how we need more female directors and the unique perspective they can bestow on female characters. One of our awesome readers, Her Film’s Kyna Morgan, alerted … Continue reading

Advertising / Body Image / Women and Gender

Guess Who The Washington Post’s Express Quoted Regarding Body-Shaming and Seventeen Magazine Photoshopping??

Omg The Washington Post‘s Express quoted me!! AND more importantly, next to a photo of Tina Fey. Swoon! Here’s my quote on teen feminist Julia Bluhm, Seventeen Magazine photoshopping kerfuffle, and the #KeepItReal victory: “We’re teaching girls and women to forever wage war against their bodies. It’s time to call a cease fire. Thankfully, that’s … Continue reading

Advertising / Body Image / Women and Gender

#KeepItReal Victory! Seventeen Magazine Pledges Not to Digitally Alter Girls’ Images

In the magazine publishing world, it’s been said “airbrushing images is an industry standard.” But it doesn’t have to be. Seventeen Magazine has agreed not to digitally alter images of young female models and celebs. And its all thanks to the #KeepItReal Challenge and one passionate teen activist. Continue reading

Body Image / Films / Food & Gender / Women and Gender

Scarlett Johansson Tired of Sexist Diet Questions

Originally published at Bitch Flicks and cross-posted at Women and Hollywood. Wow, who knew I could love Scarlett Johansson so much?? At The Avengers press conference in London, a reporter proceeded to ask Robert Downey Jr. an in-depth, thought-provoking question about his character (Tony Stark/Iron Man) and then asked Johansson about her diet. I shit … Continue reading

Body Image / Films / TV / Women and Gender

Actor Ashley Judd Takes On Bodysnarking Media

Originally published at Bitch Flicks. After media speculation over her allegedly “puffy face” caused a “viral media frenzy,” actor Ashley Judd decided to speak out against the media’s misogynistic accusations. Beyond her career as an actor, Judd is a humanitarian and philanthropist, a global ambassador for YouthAIDS and a Harvard graduate. The feminist activist — … Continue reading

Body Image / Lifestyle / Veganism / Women and Gender

6 Posts Tackling Toxic Beauty Norms, Diets & Body Image for “Healthy Weight Week”

Many women have unhealthy relationships with food and their bodies. The media bombards us with images of thin, photoshopped bodies that transcend reality. We will never attain those unrealistic images we see on TV and in glossy magazines. Models don’t even look like that, every “flaw” airbrushed away. Yet we attack our bodies, often starving … Continue reading

Body Image / Women and Gender

Just The Way You Are: ‘I Will Not Diet’ Tosses Out New Year’s Resolutions to Focus on Accomplishments, Not Failures

Society views New Year’s as a time to start fresh. A clean slate. Many of us write resolutions. We tally laundry lists of improvements – weight we need to lose, healthy foods we must eat, money we shouldn’t spend – flagellating ourselves for our past mistakes. But what if we stopped focusing on our shortcomings … Continue reading

Body Image / Guest Posts / Guest Posts / Lifestyle / Veganism / Women and Gender

Guest Post: Loving Animals, Loving Myself: How Veganism is Changing My Self-Image

Written by Erin Plante. Originally published at Eat Plants and Run. Reprinted with permission. Sleepovers with my step-sister B. were the best.  When she came over, the whole house and yard became full of imagination and play.  The living room turned into a swamp full of alligators, as we scrambled from couch to loveseat or … Continue reading

Body Image / Books / Women and Gender

The Weight of Words: ‘How Much Do You Weigh?’ Project Opens Door to Discuss Body Image & Taboo of Weight Shame

“Have you lost weight?” “You look so skinny!” “These jeans make my ass look fat.” These are some of the things we as women say to one another…and to ourselves. Our discourse may revolve around weight but we don’t share how much we weigh. Declaring your weight can be a radical act. Exposing and exploring … Continue reading