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The Ugly Side of Lookism and What We Can Do About It

Heather Laine Talley | Posted 01.22.2016 | Impact
Heather Laine Talley

In a decade of researching and writing about faces and lookism, I have learned that lookism (like sexism, racism, transphobia, and ableism), and our role in perpetuating it, is largely taken for granted. We accept it, sometimes benefit from it, but rarely name it or seek to eradicate it.

I'm Brave Enough To Embrace The Woman (And Man) In Me

Michael Rohrer | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Michael Rohrer

My courage grew three sizes that day on the subway platform. I'm now less worried about other people's reactions to my trying on women's shoes or testing nude lipsticks. What does any of it really matter? It's my life. I own it.

What It Was Like To REALLY Look In The Mirror At Age 50

Amy L. Freeman | Posted 11.24.2015 | Fifty
Amy L. Freeman

Aging is difficult! I get that neither failing to notice, nor obsessing over aging, is a good idea, but I'm stuck in that trough this week. I am seriously hoping that, over time, these peaks and valleys will recede in my mind, because, gosh darn it, they're going to increase on my face.

I Went To A Dinner Party With A Theme -- Our Fears

Amy L. Freeman | Posted 11.17.2015 | Fifty
Amy L. Freeman

Of what are you afraid? Last evening, nine other women and I -- all "of a certain age" -- stood awkwardly in a mutual friend's kitchen. I knew two of...

Instant Stress Relief: When You Realize No One Notices or Cares

Terri Trespicio | Posted 10.21.2015 | Women
Terri Trespicio

It was a teeny-tiny and impermanent change. Just another drop in the bucket of thousands of hair cuts I have had and will have over the course of a lifetime. I was itching for a change, and I got it, and it was very much a personal experience because it affected not a single person other than myself.

Body Fascism: The Ugly Truth About Appearance in the Workplace

Martha T.S. Laham | Posted 10.08.2015 | Fifty
Martha T.S. Laham

Can an employee be fired from a job for not adhering to dress codes, not meeting makeup requirements, sporting tattoos or piercings, or for other personal qualities or forms of self-expression? Apparently, yes.

Sitting Pretty: Good-Looking People Make More Money, But It's Not All Roses

Martha T.S. Laham | Posted 09.29.2015 | Fifty
Martha T.S. Laham

To put it plainly, pretty people get paid more, and not just in occupations like modeling, entertainment, sales and marketing, and prostitution. To what extent do good looks matter in the workplace? What physical characteristics are most rewarded? You might be amazed by the answers.

Apologies and Their Complexities

Jane Simon, M.D. | Posted 09.25.2015 | Healthy Living
Jane Simon, M.D.

To acknowledge imperfections, some of us have to confront our idealized image, a narcissistic view of the self that dictates we must be perfect. In this case, a mistake and the need to apologize, can be experienced as like a blemish that needs to be hidden.

The Duchess Of Cambridge Looks REALLY Happy To Be Back To Work

The Huffington Post | Jamie Feldman | Posted 09.17.2015 | Style

Duchess Kate has officially made her return to work, and the only person happier about it than her fans is, well, herself.  Clad in a hounds...

The Powerful Lesson My Grandma Taught Me About Confidence

Laura Zinn Fromm | Posted 09.12.2015 | Fifty
Laura Zinn Fromm

Grandma was not a beautiful woman but she carried herself as if she was. She went to the beauty parlor every Friday morning. She never wore pants. Dresses were hemmed at the knee, blouses were tucked neatly inside skirts. Handkerchiefs were pressed. Silver belt buckles were polished, and so were shoes. Silk scarves were knotted around the neck.

Survival of the Prettiest: Looks Really Can Kill

Samantha Boardman MD | Posted 09.11.2015 | Healthy Living
Samantha Boardman MD

Forget the debates. Why do people often prefer one candidate over another? It all depends on how they look. Research shows that without even realizin...

6 Ways You're Shaving Wrong

Supercompressor | Posted 08.27.2015 | Style
Supercompressor

Because I've apparently been shaving wrong my entire life, I decided to speak with Jon Goldmann of the esteemed New York-based grooming company, Harry's, to find out the best possible way to get rid of that face-fleece.

The Dilemmas of Being a Woman of a Certain Age

Iris Ruth Pastor | Posted 07.27.2015 | Fifty
Iris Ruth Pastor

My friends tell me that now I have reached the stage of life that can be best described by the French saying "une femme d'un certain age" (a woman of a certain age). I suppose this means I can no longer wear mini skirts and short-shorts without looking ridiculous.

Deceiving Appearances

Marcia Liss | Posted 06.26.2015 | Comedy
Marcia Liss

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Things Are Not Always What They Seem

Ron Culberson, MSW, CSP | Posted 06.22.2015 | Healthy Living
Ron Culberson, MSW, CSP

The most critical step is listening -- not just listening to the words but to the story behind the words. The backstory is where we learn about other people so we truly understand where they are coming from.

Who Did I Need to Impress?

Chanel White | Posted 05.12.2015 | Healthy Living
Chanel White

When you must face the weathered look of chronic illness day in and day out those fleeting glances in the reflection can become quite unpleasant. The ...

Don't Be the 'Creepy' Dad

Phil Corless | Posted 06.21.2015 | Parents
Phil Corless

"A grown man shouldn't be calling teenage girls cute," he explained. Yes, he has a point, I guess. Men have to be careful with their adjectives.

How I Made Peace With My Love Of Makeup

Ravishly | Posted 06.11.2015 | Women
Ravishly

I wanted to prove to myself that I could break my reliance on makeup. And so, I stopped. No blush, no lipstick, no foundation. Nothing.

Breaking Free From The Middle-Aged Mom Uniform

MiddleSexy | Posted 06.02.2015 | Fifty
MiddleSexy

Some days, I just don't want to get dressed. If I'm lucky, it's a day where I'm working from home and I'll throw on a pair of exercise pants, a bra and a T-shirt. I'll brush my teeth but not put on any make-up. Then I sit down at my computer and write.

And the Cow Jumped Over the Moon

Marcia Liss | Posted 05.19.2015 | Comedy
Marcia Liss

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The Smart Girl's Guide to Modern Life

Cecily Trowbridge | Posted 04.19.2015 | Women
Cecily Trowbridge

As we progress societally on both a national and global scale, gleaning the benefits and reaping the rewards, so too are we required to adapt to what's best described as "the modern girl's best practices." Revamped secrets to success of the female persuasion, if you will.

Donuts

Marcia Liss | Posted 04.15.2015 | Comedy
Marcia Liss

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I Am Beautiful

Leslie Handler | Posted 03.08.2015 | Fifty
Leslie Handler

My body is sick. I have an array of illnesses. I am old. I do not look like a fashion model. All the same, I am beautiful.

Quiz: Does Your Home Look Better Than You?

Carol Brailey | Posted 02.11.2015 | Style
Carol Brailey

Given the choice between updating a 1990s-style clean, working, functional kitchen or enhancing your own appearance to give off your best energy -- I would always recommend upgrading you first.

The No-Makeup Challenge

Gabi Holzwarth | Posted 02.10.2015 | Women
Gabi Holzwarth

I came to the conclusion that my life would be much more productive if I could gain the confidence to go out and about my life without having these worries weigh me down. How would I do this? I decided to take a no-makeup pledge.