That’s the question I asked myself when I finished reading Beauty Sick by Renee Engeln. She’s a professor of psychology at Northwestern University and a revolutionary when it comes to body image. (She also blogs on Psychology Today if you want to read some of her work without reading a whole book.) When I finished reading Beauty Sick, I…… Continue reading HAVE WE GOT BODY POSITIVITY ALL WRONG?
When hubby-to-be and I were engaged last year, other than questions on dresses, hair and makeup (don’t get me started on how I feel about those questions!), the main question I was most often faced with was “are you changing your name?”. Initially, my gut response to this was “no”, because hey, I’m a Gen Y-er! Bowing…… Continue reading WHAT’S IN A NAME?
Two feminist books that have really got me thinking lately are The Beauty Myth by Naomi Wolf and Betty Friedan’s The Feminine Mystique. While the two were published almost 30 years apart (the former in 1990, the latter in 1963), and neither of them recently, there is an insightful continuity between them and an unsettling relevance despite the years…… Continue reading THE BEAUTY MYTH: WHAT’S WRONG WITH MY BODY?