…and if that’s the reason that you don’t love me then maybe that’s not love.
Older ladies having a ball: Complete with dirndls and lederhosen and yodeling in the meadow. Not to mention dancing chickens and swimsuits and ballgowns. (SLYT)
Someone posted an ad on Craigslist seeking women who for one reason or another had never seen their own vagina and then set them up with a mirror in the Vagina Booth
to film their reaction.
If a man finds himself attracted to a woman who doesn't conform to this list (more on the specifics of the list in a minute), does he not count as a man? What if she's "perfect" for him? What if she makes him feel like a whole person for the first time in his life, but she just happens to have chunky ankles? What does "perfect" mean then? What does "hot" mean? What does "the One" mean? What we're setting up here is an impossible cultural standard that excludes...well...100% of women. Because literally no one is that weird Frankenstein's Monster-with-Benefits that your art department put together.
In her typical masterful style,
Jezebel's Lindy West reminds us that being a perfect woman
is no excuse for being actively harmful to humanity.
Can using different types of models benefit brands?
Ben Barry discusses his Ph.D. research in Elle Canada
, making a business case for diversity in fashion: women increased their purchase intentions when they saw models who reflected their size, age, and race. Jezebel summarizes
, "Barry's research... casts doubt on the age-old theory that people buy things because advertising stokes their insecurities, creating a need that can only be filled by the advertised product. It suggests that advertising can work by inducing in the consumer feelings of affinity for and identification with the people shown in the ad."
Nichelle Gainer (whose Vintage Black Glamour
blog was seen previously on MeFi
) responds insightfully
to a NY Times editorial by author Alice Randall called "Why Black Women Are Fat
Of six-pack abs and real girl bellies
: thoughts after viewing xoJane's "Real Girl Belly Project" ("Show Us Your Bellies!"
, photo gallery part one
, photo gallery part two
my body gallery
- photographs of women, searchable by height, weight, clothing size, and body type (via youlookfab) [more inside]
About-Face aims to provide women and girls
with skills to critically examine
media messages that affect their positive self-image. Their website
is a one-stop shop for simple, direct, teen-friendly educational materials about female self-esteem and body image. [more inside]
are supposed to disgust you into buying low-fat yogurt.