Every year like clockwork it happens, the pre-birthday meltdown, where I question where my life is going and wonder if I’m doing enough to make it count. The meltdown comes out of nowhere. Sometimes it hits during a quiet night at home with the cats, or maybe a sentimental birthday card brings it on. Regardless, it’s a time for me to pause and reset, sort out what works ... [Read More]
This provocative video is a school project that was created for a Women & Gender Studies class at the University of Saskatchewan, by Sarah Zelinski, Kayla Hatzel and Dylan Lambi-Raine. The video shows how ridiculous representations of gender roles and stereotypes are in advertising.
Studies show that women are represented as objects in 50% of commercial messages, and it isn't so rosy for the men ... [Read More]
Artist Anna Giordano uses Photoshop to give us classic paintings edited for what is considered today’s cultural standards of the feminine body.
She shares, "The model of beauty has evolved through human history, from the Greek proportions of Policleto of Argos to the busty beauty of the Renaissance, leading up to the slender body of Twiggy and the contemporary athletic stars. What would have happened ... [Read More]
Only 4% of women around the world consider themselves beautiful. In an effort to wake us up and remind us that beauty should be a source of confidence for women, not anxiety, Dove conducted this compelling social experiment that explores how women view their own beauty in contrast to what others see.
On Monday, they released the video Dove Real Beauty Sketches. ... [Read More]
Obviously, a Barbie body isn't realistic, but when you compare her to the average woman, the numbers are shocking. For starters, if Barbie was a real woman, she'd have no choice but to walk on all fours and would be physically incapable of lifting her over-sized head.
Using data from the 1996 study Ken and Barbie At Life Size, which was originally published in the academic journal Sex Roles, Rehabs.com ... [Read More]
At the creative hands of graphic artist Eddie Aguirre, Barbie just got a make-under. He gives us an idea of what the poster doll of manufactured female "perfection" looks like when she wakes up in the Barbie Dream house after a long night of partying with Ken. Bags and dark circles under her eyes, freckles, a halo of frizzy split ends, braces, and no professional make-up job. Now she looks just like the ... [Read More]
Most skin damage happens before the age of 18, but when a girl's skin is most vulnerable, especially in her tween years, there are few skincare products to choose from, and the number of brands using natural ingredients is even slimmer. It is this need that inspired Christy Prunier, a former film executive, and her now twelve year-old daughter, Willa, to start Willa Skincare, ... [Read More]