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My Face/Her Face

by Tracee Sioux I am deeply struck by this photograph which I found on About Face, a non-profit company which combats negative images of women in the media. Without taking a right or wrong stance about plastic surgery, this photograph of a mother…
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Body Image Activists Blog

There's a brand new group blog about body image: we are the REAL deal. We are Body Image Activists. Fatties, skinnies, and disordered eaters who want every girl to feel beautiful and strong. Muscle chicks and plus-size fashionistas, yoginis,…
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Makeover Madness

Surely, you've been to Reign of the Girl Child? Today there is a great story about the message to teens and preteens that a Makeover Makes Everything Better. (It's exactly the same message given to these girls' moms too isn't it?) It's an old…
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Gender Advertising

Can I just say Dirty Vagina is one marketing tactic too many women fall for. (Really, I just wanted to say Dirty Vagina for my Discovery Click if they ever come here.) But, serious, no wonder women sometimes feel like crap about themselves. Thanks…

Sticky Note Affirmations, Making Bold Dreams Come True

What do sticky notes have to do with dreaming boldly?  I propose that sticky notes can be a tool for girls to see themselves achieving milestones along their path of self actualization.  Here’s how… Begin with a sheet of paper…
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Better Dead Than Red

by Leola Dublin My friend Jillian* called me last week with the latest crisis involving her 9-year old daughter. “Can you talk to Megan*?” “Sure, what about?” “She wants to be a blonde. She hates her hair.” “But Megan has gorgeous red…
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Fit Girl Series: Accept Your Body

You can never, ever, not-in-a-million years, love and accept yourself from the couch. If feelings were math "accepting your body" is a mathematical impossibility if you are not in touch with and caring for your body. It's not only ineffective,…
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Face Off - Self Esteem vs. Body Dysmorphia

We went to the Exploratorium in San Francisco. One particular exhibit had a disconcerting effect on me for days. You sit in between two mirrors and look at your self. One is a regular mirror and show's you how you see yourself every day.…
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Y's Letter to My Body

Yvonne from Joy Unexpected read this as the Community Keynote at BlogHer. I don't ever want my daughter to feel the way that I have felt most of my adult life about my body. Bravo Y. If you can't watch her read it, you should read her Life…
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Keira Knightly Stands Up For Her Girls & Yours

Keira Knightly is taking a stand against digitally enhancing her breasts for her upcoming movie, "The Dutchess." When she stands up and declares herself "good enough" as she is, she stands up and declares our daughters "good enough" as they…
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Empowering Girls: Tanning

Mom can I tan? Wait, what? What do you mean by tan? Tan. Lay out in the sun to make my skin darker. You're 6! So? Stephanie and her sisters do it. (Damn, older cheerleader sisters,) I think to myself. Look. At. My. Face. Right. Now.…
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Empowering Girls: Criticize Daughters' DNA

A mother who radiates self-love and self-acceptance vaccinates her daughter against low self-esteem. Naomi Wolf The reverse is also true. Divorce expert M. Gary Neuman says the worst thing any parent can do to their child is to criticize…