Study: Too Many Fat Women Don’t Even Know They’re Fat

by Cara November 23, 2010

So there’s a fascinating new study out about how women perceive their weight, with the results being that a significant proportion of women who were deemed “overweight” by the BMI did not view themselves as such. Cue the body-shaming, junk reporting, and photographs of fat1 people with their heads cut off. In the most neutral [...]

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A Quick Note on Misogynistic Body Standards

by Cara May 19, 2009

I know way, way, way better than to waste my time analyzing tabloid magazines.  Which is why I pretty much never do it, and I’m not going to bother saying much very now.  Because of course, we pretty much see the same shit above every fucking year around this time. But I saw this magazine [...]

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HRC: And One Other Thing

by Cara July 24, 2008

I’ll be entirely honest: when I saw Hillary Clinton, one of the first things I thought after “wow, that’s Hillary Clinton” was “wow, she’s so pretty.” Hillary has been attacked for her appearance an awful lot throughout her career. She’s been called ugly, “too” masculine, fat and so on. Allow me to be clear: even [...]

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Target Women: Wedding Shows

by Cara June 2, 2008

A few weeks ago, I posted this Target Women video, a spoof news show segment about the way that yogurt is marketed. I was hoping that they’d do more, particularly because I thought the woman doing the segment, Sarah Haskins, was really funny. The folks at Current TV noticed and sent me the latest clip [...]

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Your Daily Dose of Hate

by Cara November 16, 2007

[cross-posted from Feministe] Here’s a beautiful example of male college students who think that being offensive is the same thing as being funny: The Sentinal “humor” piece “Mock of Love.” It’s a set of “spoof” suggestions for the second season of the VH1 Bret Michaels dating show Rock of Love. The irony is that if [...]

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“Overweight” still doesn’t mean “unhealthy,” and related fantasies

by Cara November 12, 2007

A new study has just been released that shows, yet again, that those who fall into the “overweight” category on the BMI scale are actually the healthiest. Or, at least, they live the longest: Two years ago, federal researchers found that overweight people had the lowest mortality rate of any weight group. Investigating further, they [...]

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The Racism of Cosmetic Surgery

by Cara November 6, 2007

Beauty and the Breast has posted an article by Jennifer Cognard-Black, who has also written this great article on plastic surgery for Ms. Magazine. Her latest, Exporting American Beauty: Plastic Surgery and the New Culture of Worldwide Acceptance, was apparently intended for Ms., but they decided against printing it. I’d say that they missed out, [...]

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Britney loses her kids gets fat

by Cara October 6, 2007

For those of you who are lucky enough to avoid this kind of “news,” Britney Spears lost custody of her kids this week. My take on the situation is that it’s very sad but possibly best for her kids right now, and ultimately absolutely none of my business. I’m in the minority, though, because everyone [...]

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Beauty is in the Eye of the Money Holder

by Cara October 5, 2007

This article from AlterNet about whether the idea of natural beauty has been abandoned due to the rise in popularity of plastic surgery really got under my skin (pun not intended). It is apparently out of American Sexuality Magazine, which I have never read but certainly won’t be picking up anytime soon, based off of [...]

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by Cara October 2, 2007

Kate Harding has put together a slideshow illustrating how ridiculous BMI standards are. The show includes everyone from the underweight to the morbidly obese, and a lot of you might be surprised at what you find. Even as someone who has a history of railing against the BMI, it was not exactly what I expected [...]

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