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The Damage of Child Beauty Pageants

Riot.Jane This is the first time I’ve seen a non-hysterical critique of the phenomenon of child beauty pageants.  Most of the time it seems like it’s moon-bat crazy people throwing tantrums either for or against the concept.  In this blog

Posted in beauty, body image, culture, moms, psychology/psychiatry, relationships, self-esteem

Sexy Sundays | "The Morning After" the "First Time"

Riot.Jane A blog post by Mary Jo Rapini, LPC, caught my attention.  How you feel about losing your virginity depends…are you a guy or girl? begins with a discussion about the gender differences in the after-effects of the first sexual encounter as

Posted in body image, culture, education, moms, parenthood, self-esteem, sex, sexism

A Crazy Woman in a Sporty Car

Riot.Jane I recently had an interesting experience with a stranger in a strip center parking lot.  This strip center is probably 50 years old (no exaggeration), and the parking spaces are quite narrow.  The parking stops are actually integrated into the concrete

Posted in confessions, self-esteem

What Happens When Your Sexual Abusers are Other Children?

Being the only third grader in the school with a C-cup bra was traumatic.  The trauma began slowly.  Eventually it broke me. The violence began when I first began to wear a bra at the age of 9, and it

Posted in abuse, body image, education, self-esteem

Critiquing "Feminist" Marketing (Part 3)

In the previous posts Critiquing “Feminist” Marketing (Part 1) and Critiquing “Feminist” Marketing (Part 2), we discussed changes in and repercussions of mass media’s co-opt of the “feminist” message, and we examined the overt versus subliminal concepts inherent in each.  Now we move

Posted in beauty, body image, culture, fat, feminism, health, self-esteem

Critiquing "Feminist" Marketing (Part 2)

In the previous post Critiquing “Feminist” Marketing (Part 1), we compared the messages between a current Verizon ad and a Nike ad from the mid-’90s.  While the overt messages inherent in ads that speak to women have changed over the

Posted in beauty, body image, culture, fat, feminism, health, self-esteem

Critiquing "Feminist" Marketing (Part 1)

The messages inherent in the ads that speak to women have changed over the years.  While we do still have plenty of housewifely cleaning product ads, recent years have seen more modern interpretations of the female experience. Some have been

Posted in beauty, body image, culture, fat, feminism, health, self-esteem

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