I Don't Love (or Hate) My Body — and So Can You!

When it comes to body acceptance, it seems like there are two ways to feel: you either want to burn yourself in effigy for having the wrong kind of clavicle, or you're out on the corner handing out Up With People juice because you're so comfortable in your radiant form. But what if you're neither of those people, and… » 4/06/14 2:00pm 4/06/14 2:00pm

Selfies Aren't Empowering. They're a Cry for Help.

Much virtual ink has been spilled over the past few days over the Oxford Dictionary's choice of "selfie" for 2013 word of the year. But I've noticed among the chorus of opinions on the social media self portrait an annoying trend: the selfie evangelist. Selfies are just dandy, they say, because they're a way for… » 11/21/13 12:20pm 11/21/13 12:20pm

Body Acceptance Might Be Killing the Barbie Doll

Sales of Barbie dolls are down 12% as parents ditch Barbie for more realistic, "full-figured" dolls—possibly due to the modern movement toward not hating yourself. Success! The only problem is, the most popular alternatives to Barbie are either extremely expensive gingham extortion rackets (American Girls) or… » 7/19/13 6:35pm 7/19/13 6:35pm

Forensic Sketch Artist Proves You're Your Own Worst Critic

"Sketches," a new project from Dove, is an interesting look at self-esteem and ingrained standards of beauty. As seen in the clip above, the experiment involves women sitting down in a room with forensic artist Gil Zamora. They are separated by a curtain: He doesn't see them; they can't see what he's doing. Zamora… » 4/16/13 12:34pm 4/16/13 12:34pm

TV Makes Girls Feel Like Crap About Themselves, But Does Wonders for…

For as long as TV has been around, people have fretted about how it might damage The Children. Does it rot their brains and turn them into illiterate mutants? Is all the sex and violence breeding a generation of super slutty murderers? The results on those fronts are mixed, but thanks to a new study, one thing is very… » 5/30/12 11:30am 5/30/12 11:30am

Fashion Doesn't Need to Make Women Feel Like Shit in Order to Make Us…

Brands often say that they rely on a cast of extremely young, acutely thin, and overwhelmingly white models because fashion is supposed to be "aspirational" — that if you can't envy the body and youth of a skinny Eastern European teenager in a glossy magazine, then you can't envy her dress either. Says who? » 5/15/12 11:30am 5/15/12 11:30am

Saturday Is National Pretty Brown Girl Day

Both Viola Davis and Michelle Obama have been in the spotlight lately, but for the most part, dark-skinned women are underrepresented in pop culture. We have plenty of hugely popular black singers and actresses — Beyoncé, Nicki Minaj, Halle Berry — but more often they are the light shades of tan. And the truth is,… » 2/20/12 1:40pm 2/20/12 1:40pm

Facebook Will Only Make You Hate Yourself More

It's tempting to think of Facebook as a place you go to feel good about yourself. After all, you're surrounded by friends, people "like" what you say, and it makes you feel like you're socializing, even though you're alone in your apartment not wearing any pants. But a new study has found that actually Facebook brings… » 2/02/12 11:00am 2/02/12 11:00am

Tell Us About Your Childhood In Our Millennial Survey

Trend pieces on the troubles and triumphs of millennials are a dime a dozen these days, and they've started to sound kind of similar — the participation awards, the feelings of entitlement, the special-snowflake-ness. To shake things up a bit, we've decided to ask you what it was like to grow up millennial — or not. » 10/17/11 6:30pm 10/17/11 6:30pm