Posts Tagged ‘beauty myth’

“Huge” Brings Fat Acceptance, Stereotyping to ABC

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Alyssa Rosenberg points to the trailer for the latest project starring Hairspray's Nikki Blonsky. It's called "Huge," and it appears to be a story about triumphing-against-fat-camp-and-learning-to-love-your-body. Like Rosenberg, I'm all for tackling body image issues among teens head-on, but given that the trailer alone features a. obsessive dieting by the popular girl, b. as Rosenberg [...]

C.L. Minou on Boobs, Beauty, and Being Trans

So, I've been pretty hard on breast implantation lately. First there was this screed against justifying breast augmentation as empowering. And then there was this dissection of the plastic surgery industry in general. And then C.L. Minou, a writer I admire very much, sent me an e-mail basically saying, "Hey! I am a woman who [...]

The Work of Making Femininity Look Effortless

The "Good Wife's Guide"—a list of behaviors and attitudes that a model housewife ought to parrot—though attributed to a 1955 issue of Housekeeping Monthly, is probably a fake (thanks to Can I Get A Man With That for bringing it to my attention). Snopes offers a lengthy (and interesting) rumination on the likelihood that the [...]

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