Posts Tagged Beauty

Paper-mache Princess.

Work starts at nine.
Not enough light to blend this illusion,
Not enough time.

I blend just enough to be effortless,
But not so much that I’m revealed.
My pale skin hiding beneath the layers,
Waiting to be accepted, not to be concealed.

I live as these other people,
Laminated, polished and frozen.
But somehow something tells me,
They’re really all broken.

They asked me at school what I would like to be,
Now I just want to be a celebrity.
The mask I won’t do without, it is my shield.
You’ll never get close enough for it to be healed.

Someone else’s hair has become glued to mine.
Stripped of all meaning, bleached of all desire.
Glowing layers of paint sprayed onto my ...

Work starts at nine.
Not enough light to blend this illusion,
Not enough time.

I blend just enough to be effortless,
But not so much that I’m revealed.
My pale skin hiding beneath the layers,
Waiting to be ...

Body Positive

*Editor’s note: May be NSFW

Our first assignment for the Women Filmmakers class I’m taking at Hampshire College was to create a short slideshow about an autobiographical event that shaped how we construct ourselves with specific attention to gender.

My friend and classmate, Dot, produced a wonderful piece about body positivity.  Dot’s piece about body size and normalized images of desire is an honest, frank and candid narrative of the need for positive acceptance of all body sizes.  I could go on about how wonderful this short piece is but her work can and does speak for itself.

*Editor’s note: May be NSFW

Our first assignment for the Women Filmmakers class I’m taking at Hampshire College was to create a short slideshow about an autobiographical event that shaped how we construct ourselves with specific attention to ...

Body Positive

*Editor’s note: May be NSFW

Our first assignment for the Women Filmmakers class I’m taking at Hampshire College was to create a short slideshow about an autobiographical event that shaped how we construct ourselves with specific attention to gender.

My friend and classmate, Dot, produced a wonderful piece about body positivity.  Dot’s piece about body size and normalized images of desire is an honest, frank and candid narrative of the need for positive acceptance of all body sizes.  I could go on about how wonderful this short piece is but her work can and does speak for itself.

*Editor’s note: May be NSFW

Our first assignment for the Women Filmmakers class I’m taking at Hampshire College was to create a short slideshow about an autobiographical event that shaped how we construct ourselves with specific attention to ...

Want to be taken seriously ladies? Wear make-up!

A study done by researchers at Procter & Gamble, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston University and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute found that what a woman wears on her face impacts how people perceive her. Participants in the study were asked to rate whether they felt women were competent, like-able, attractive and trustworthy. Turns out most people felt all these factors were true when looking at faces for a flash and felt most of them when studying the faces longer with the exception of one factor: at a longer glance women wearing make-up were not trustworthy.

We already know we live in a culture where women are judged by what they look like–you don’t need a multi-institution study to tell ...

“Mommy, I want to be white.”

This is the first in a series of guest posts from Dena Simmons, an activist, educator, and writer. See her bio after the jump.

One morning two years ago, I did not have a ride to work.  Instead, I had to take two buses like I did each day during my first year of teaching.  Not surprisingly, the bus arrived late, as it happens too often in the Bronx.  The Bx40 was packed with adults and children, trying to make it to their destination on time, but at the mercy of someone else’s schedule.  I worked my way to the middle of the bus for a seat through the school children’s book bags, through women’s pocketbooks, through elbows, through over-sized ...

This is the first in a series of guest posts from Dena Simmons, an activist, educator, and writer. See her bio after the jump.

One morning two years ago, I did not have a ride to work.  ...

Woman dies after illegal hotel room cosmetic surgery

It was reported yesterday that a woman named Claudia Sereye Aderotimi died in a Philadelphia after undergoing an illegal cosmetic surgery – an injection of a substance to her buttocks – in a hotel room near the Philly airport. According to the AP:

Aderotimi, who lived in London but was not a British citizen, flew from London to Philadelphia on Saturday with three other women. One friend had a similar cosmetic procedure and the other two went shopping in New York, Evers said. Police declined to release their names but said all were in their early 20s.

Earlier this year I found myself getting really angry about the news that French model Isabelle Caro had died after a long battle ...

It was reported yesterday that a woman named Claudia Sereye Aderotimi died in a Philadelphia after undergoing an illegal cosmetic surgery – an injection of a substance to her buttocks – in a hotel room near the ...

The body image activist movement leaps forward in March

To all you Love Your Body Day student organizers, concerned parents, thoughtful professors, activists, advocates, survivors, fundraisers, writers, artists, actors, and musicians. To all you radical grandmas, doctors, therapists, sick-and-tired boyfriends and brothers, nutritionists, and newsmakers. To all you feminists–young, old, and in between…

The time is now. Take back your body. Reimagine the world.

I have been working my big, round arse off on the Endangered Species summit and I want everyone to know about it. Over a year ago, the amazing women of The Women’s Therapy Centre Institute got in touch to ask me if I’d be interested in spearheading a massive paradigm shift within the body image activism movement. I was flattered, a little freaked out, and ...

To all you Love Your Body Day student organizers, concerned parents, thoughtful professors, activists, advocates, survivors, fundraisers, writers, artists, actors, and musicians. To all you radical grandmas, doctors, therapists, sick-and-tired boyfriends and brothers, nutritionists, and newsmakers. To ...

Happy 100th, Gypsy Rose Lee!

This weekend I went to a fabulous centennial birthday celebration at the New York Public Library for the burlesque icon, Gypsy Rose Lee. It coincided with the release of the biography, American Rose, which explores some of the darker side of Gypsy’s life. The world-famous musical turned film portrayed some of the rosier, glamorous and happy-go-lucky sides of Gypsy, her emergence as a sex symbol and her relationships with her mom and sister. However, this book based on interviews with her family and friends notes that she was a woman coping with pain and insecurity from dysfucntional family relationships and having to be “on” all the time.

I had a conversation with a friend of mine recently who ...

This weekend I went to a fabulous centennial birthday celebration at the New York Public Library for the burlesque icon, Gypsy Rose Lee. It coincided with the release of the biography, American Rose, which ...

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