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Life Lesson in Humility

To start off, I want to say that I’m grateful for those of you who have been sharing your opinions and thoughts.

So, as much as I am trying to be sympathetic to the responses that people are making to my post on “Fat Teens Can’t Hunt” I think that it’s gotten to a point where I need to address and clarify where I’m coming from so people stop thinking I’m some stupid tart having a good laugh at the expense of overweight people.

I’ve definitely fallen to pressure before, I think we all have at some point in our lives, … continue reading this entry.

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VH1’s 20 Skinniest Celebs

 Marcia Cross

“As an actress, they pay me not to eat…” – Marcia Cross, ‘Desperate Housewives’

VH1 recently came out with a list of celebrities who in recent years made headlines not by how talented they are but rather by the massive amounts of weight they dropped in a short period of time. Celebs are often scrutinized and under speculation by the media for having eating disorders or drug problems – but considering the pressure of being in an extremely image-conscious public, being skinny is more than just a trend for most celebrities, it has become an obsession.

VH1’s 20 Skinniest Celebs:

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When is Enough, Enough?

This season on Measuring Beauty I touched upon the topics of beauty in the media world and the shapings of body image. The pursuits of skinnyness and perfection will continue to rise, with no signs of giving up. So now I leave you with something to ponder – are you willing to give up your happiness to be thin and beautiful, or is being thin and beautiful what makes you happy? … continue reading this entry.

Thinspirations: Dying to Be Thin

HBO documentary

I remember watching a documentary over Thanksgiving break on HBO called THIN. The documentary was previewed on People Magazine’s Website and followed the lives of anorexic and bulimic girls in their recovery to becoming healthy. The pressures to staying thin are ever increasing and with pro-ana and pro-mia websites, it’s hard to not think about what lengths these girls go to to look like their favorite models/celebrities. Thinspiration is often a word thrown around in the world of eating disorders, and the celebrities that are role models are often victims of eating disorders themselves. People magazine devoted a cover story to the subject – claiming that “Drastic thinness has become the beauty ideal – and it’s having an alarming effect on girls everywhere”. It seems that the pressure put on celebrities carries the notion that whoever is thinner gets the job. … continue reading this entry.

Angels No More…

Gisele Bundchen VS Show

Gisele Bundchen recently hung up her angel wings when she and Victoria’s Secret decided to separate ways. One of the reasons (allegedly) that Victoria’s Secret decided to drop her was because she … continue reading this entry.

Don’t be a Boob About Tit!

Salma HayekJessica SimpsonKate Hudson

In this May’s issue of JANE magazine (Take note that Jane Magazine is no longer in publication and the pictures have been removed) the editors decided to do something out of the ordinary, something that no magazine has done before – which was to feature real women with real breasts (absolutely NO boob jobs!). Their goal was to feature breasts au naturale in hopes that women would begin to feel better about their own bodies. In the year 2005, 364,610 women in the US went under the knife to have breast augmentation performed… with the exception of women who had breast implants as a result of mastectomies, i would presume that all of these women were part of the skyrocketing 70% of the women in this country who claim to dislike their breasts. I guess it doesn’t help much that fake boobs are everywhere, bouncing around in our faces like torpedoes without a purpose, not actually proving to be useful (unless you’re at a bar) but just there to intimidate small chested women. … continue reading this entry.

Starving Yourself – the British Way

Fat Teens Can’t Hunt

A new reality TV series titled ‘Fat Teens Can’t Hunt’ is set to air in the UK sometime in the near future. The premise of the show? It’s exactly what it sounds like: fat teenagers are forced to survive in ‘middle-of-nowhere’ Australia with Aboriginal communities and hunt for their own food. I laughed out loud thinking that it was some kind of joke that somone thought up in response to how much weight people lose on ‘Survivor’. It sounds absolutely ridiculous (and it should), but the show is real! … continue reading this entry.

Finally, Something We Both Agree On

This link will take you to a different type of ‘beautiful women’ list where it’s purely a survey done by men to focus mainly on the physical and less on the internal beauty of the actual individual. Very much unlike ‘People’s 100 Most Beautiful’ list which instead focuses not only on external beauty but also the qualities that the celebrity embodies that makes him/her beautiful.
Topping the askmen’s list at number 1 is Beyonce: reviewers say “she’s breathtakingly beautiful — with sexy curves”.

Beyonce … continue reading this entry.

Real Women Have Curves!

Beyonce SI

I was at the gym flipping through a tabloid magazine when I came upon an article that used the most desired body parts of celebrities to create a ‘super’ celeb. This may seem like any normal article that a tabloid would run but what really stuck out for me was that readers voted the best/most-desired body in Hollywood to Beyonce Knowles (above, in SI’s Swimsuit issue). … continue reading this entry.

But What Are You REALLY Trying to Sell Me?

I just watched Jean Kilbourne’s “Killing Us Softly III” in which Kilbourne offers an in-depth analysis of how advertisements have influenced and affected today’s women. Her main focus is on how women are depicted and how their bodies are objectified – usually as individual objects (i.e. legs, breasts, butt.. etc) rather than whole beings. … continue reading this entry.

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