I’ve noticed two distinct sides in the debate about Barbie. One group exclaims that Barbie presents an unrealistic view of the female form and directly contributes to a negative body image for the scores of women who played with her as little girls. In the most melodramatic version of this critique, the doll haunts us … Continue reading Does Barbie Give Girls a Bad Body Image?
Bellies get a lot of body image blame. Postpartum women, in particular, try to excise their midsections as quickly as possible; no one wants to get the “when are you due” question while cradling her 6 month old. And personally, my postpartum belly was my body image Achilles heel. In other words, I drew a … Continue reading The Faulty Logic Conflating Postpartum Bellies with Body Image
I’m a huge fan of barre. I even made my husband build me a ballet barre, something that isn’t totally necessary, but makes me feel hardcore (as hardcore as a ballet barre can make anyone feel). When I like something, I tend to overdo it. I also tend to research it, sometimes for no reason … Continue reading Lotte Berk, Barre, and Your Flabby Thighs
Sometimes emotion needs to be left out of body image. This sounds robot-ish, and I’m not suggesting we become detached automatons. However, if we have negative emotional reactions to our bodies, often we can short circuit these emotions by bypassing them altogether. I realize this is counterintuitive. Indeed, many women’s magazines and blogs encourage better … Continue reading Arguing for a Good Body Image