Every week, I come across so many interesting articles and blog posts dealing with body image issues. I just can’t talk about all of them! So I’ve decided to unveil (drum roll, please) Stories of Substance! Once a week (or somewhere thereabouts) I’ll do a Stories of Substance post with some links I think you should check out.
Love This! The media was snarking Ashley Judd all over the place after she appeared on a Canadian talk show, in which her face appeared “puffy.” She was accused of such things (horrors!) as plastic surgery, gaining weight and aging. But Ashley didn’t take their trash-talk lying down. She wrote an article for the Daily Beast, in which expressed her disgust of how the media treats women and body image:
The assault on our body image, the hypersexualization of girls and women and subsequent degradation of our sexuality as we walk through the decades, and the general incessant objectification is what this conversation allegedly about my face is really about.
You can listen to an interview she did regarding the article here as well.
Horrible! Would you let a doctor stick a feeding tube up your nose to lose weight? Some brides are doing just that to lose weight before their “big day.” Shame on the doctors for contributing to this ill-advised and unhealthy behavior. Read about it here.
Beautiful blog post! What is a real woman? Is she curvy or pencil-thin? Does she diet or eschew diets in any form? Read this wonderful blog post celebrating women and their myriad of choices (and our right to make them without judgment).
Frightening “Beauty” Trend in Japan! In Japan, orthodontics are being using to make crooked, fang-like teeth to give women an endearing and child-like look. Apparently women even have teeth implanted to create this look men apparently find attractive. Ugh. Read about it here.
Can Posing Nude Improve Your Body Image? It worked for Kate Winslet in Titanic, which is celebrating its 15 (!) year anniversary. Author Diana Spechler penned this beautiful real-life essay of body image and college friendships for The Hairpin.
Enjoy! What articles have you read recently about body image?