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NYU Bookstore pulls body-shaming “I hate my thighs” onesie hours after complaints begin

Yesterday, NYU employee Jason Y. Evans snapped this photo of an “I hate my thighs” onesie for infant girls in the NYU bookstore. He alerted several student and alumni groups, and they complained to the bookstore. In fewer than eight hours, the…

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Unlicensed “Frozen” app gives Anna C-section, perfect body

It’s the strangest thing I’ve seen in some time: In a new, unlicensed Frozen app, players deliver Anna and Kristoff’s baby via a magical C-section, with tools including magic ice and a glowing orb. According to Buzzfeed, the app called “Anna Giving Birth” by developer Oleg Vinogorodov…

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5 Reasons NOT to Buy Barbie for Little Girls (It’s Not Just Body Image!)

Five good reasons to avoid buying Barbie dolls and give girls fun, healthy alternatives, instead.

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LISTEN: Rebecca Hains discusses #TruthInAds & body image on CBC Radio

TruthInAds: Before and After

The Brave Girls Alliance wants advertisers to stop extensively Photoshopping models’ bodies. The practice contributes to a public health crisis encompassing serious emotional, mental and physical health issues.

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Girls, strength, and the beauty ideal: A beach conversation

My five-year-old son befriended an eleven-year-old girl at the beach last week. As they worked together to create a sand castle, her dad and I chatted about my work as a media studies professor and his work as a high school art…

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“Six Summer Beauty Tips” by Rebecca Hains

"Splash!" by Zakwitnij!pl Ejdzej & Iric. (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Fashion magazines love telling women that our bodies aren’t fit to be seen in public, unless we buy and use the beauty products they’re hawking. And in the summer months, when rising temperatures lead us to shed more clothing, their scrutiny intensifies, picking…

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Homemade Disney Princess peg dolls: Tutorial and giveaway

Frozen-inspired peg dolls by Summer Langille

Many little girls love playing with Disney Princess dolls. They make up stories with their dolls or reenact the films. They delight in dressing up the dolls and styling their hair. And sometimes, they just like to snuggle them. Faced with the Disney Princess…

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