Social Media and Body Image (10/10)

Source: Rachel Simmons, “How Social Media is a Toxic Mirror,” Time Magazine, Aug 19, 2016. Access here. Simmons examines how a relatively-new kind of media effects and relays messages about women’s bodies. She points out that “we’ve long understood that movies, magazines, and television damage teens’ body image by enforcing a ‘thin ideal’” but that “less … More Social Media and Body Image (10/10)

Karen Carpenter and the Rise and Recognition of Eating Disorders (9/10)

Josie L. Tenore, M.D. has found that “Eating disorders …During the past three decades…[have] increased dramatically [and] currently, the overall incidence is approximately 5 percent.” According to the National Eating Disorder Awareness Society, “In the United States, 20 million women and 10 million men suffer from a clinically significant eating disorder at some time in … More Karen Carpenter and the Rise and Recognition of Eating Disorders (9/10)

Iconic Miss America as a Representation and Rejection of Ideal Beauty in the Mid-Century (8/10)

“Miss America, 1953,” 1. New Jersey State Archives; Department of State. http://www.nj.gov/state/historical/it-happened-here/ihhnj-er-miss-america.pdf (I also referenced “There She Is, Miss America”: The Politics of Sex, Beauty, and Race in America’s Most Famous Pageant” by Watson, Elwood, Martin, Darcy, Watson, Ronald. http://site.ebrary.com/lib/byuprovo/reader.action?docID=10135557&ppg=36) One of the sources I examined for this post is a letter in anticipation of the historic 1968 … More Iconic Miss America as a Representation and Rejection of Ideal Beauty in the Mid-Century (8/10)

A New Role Model: Barbie and Body Image (7/10)

Sources: Mary Dorsey Wanlass, “Barbie’s Body Images,” Feminist Media Studies 1. Rebecca Haines, ” A Barbie with curves is still all about looks”, The Washington Post, Feb. 1, 2016.   The Barbie doll emerged in 1959. Since her beginning, Barbie has sparked controversy among adults evaluating her appropriateness for pre-teen and young girls. While there are … More A New Role Model: Barbie and Body Image (7/10)

Body Image and Race: Cosmetic Surgery (6/10)

Sources: Stephen R. Munzer. “Cosmetic Surgery, Racial Identity, and Aesthetics.” Configurations 19, no. 2 (2011): 243-286. https://muse.jhu.edu/ (accessed November 10, 2016). http://www.nytimes.com/books/98/08/02/reviews/980802.02schillt.html http://abcnews.go.com/Lifestyle/minorities-knife-fear-cosmetic-surgery-obscure-ethnicity/story?id=25928408 In considering body image and the measures that women have taken to conform to societal trends of physical aesthetic, race is an influential and important factor. Societal expectations for beauty and physical … More Body Image and Race: Cosmetic Surgery (6/10)

Beauty Routines: Women, Cosmetics, and Beauty Products in World War II (5/10)

Sources: Grete Haentjens, “Her.Duty,to.be.Beautiful: Feminine Ideals in Magazine Advertising During World War II,” (Lehigh University, diss.) Primary sources linked throughout. In the wake and aftermath of World War II, the beauty industry expanded as the modern woman engaged in a consumer culture. New products were marketed specifically to women who felt the obligation of the … More Beauty Routines: Women, Cosmetics, and Beauty Products in World War II (5/10)

Women’s Bodies in Advertising (4/10)

Source: Jhally, Sut., and Jean Kilbourne. Killing Us Softly 4: Advertising’s Image of Women. Northampton, MA: Media Education Foundation, 2010. (Portions of this can also be found here but to view the full film, you have to get it from the library) http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/lysols-vintage-ads-subtly-pushed-women-to-use-its-disinfectant-as-birth-control-218734/ http://www.collectorsweekly.com/articles/selling-shame-40-outrageous-vintage-ads-any-woman-would-find-offensive/ In the documentary discussion, Jean Kilbourne reflects on the history of advertising … More Women’s Bodies in Advertising (4/10)