In a culture with so many mixed messages about our sexuality, we must ground ourselves to a core of value. Our bodies are not something to be objectified, but rather honored as sacred. We have been given our sexuality for good and not for manipulation or control.
It's okay to take an "it is what it is" approach to the parts of your body that you're not so happy with. Send that part of your body lots of love. Tell that part of your body you love her because she is you and you're pretty awesome.
Women don't give themselves permission to fall apart and we certainly don't want to be seen as not having our shit together. That's become taboo in a culture that, for women especially, demands the lie of seamlessness, of perfection, of freedom from blemishes and funky lighting and embarrassing angles.
It is normal to want to look your best and present yourself well, but we should not let the media make us feel bad about ourselves to profit from us.
"Hippy," she said. "This one's got some hips on her." She continued to pull and sigh and make small laboring noises as she worked. I sought out my mother's eyes, but she didn't seem to notice where Eugenia's remark had landed.
The ugly reality of fake beauty is that it removes authenticity. I never looked like the glamorous photo and I never will. And, that's okay.
This body of work (his first in many years) is the ultimate self-portrait; splaying the artist wide open for his audience, waiting for their judgement call.
Closeups of our faces, cocked just at the right angle with our lips pursed and our sultry gazes directed at the camera, are our prized social media possessions. Why? What is it about the selfie that makes it such a popular everyday habit among social media users?
The Truth in Advertising Act will need to be reintroduced in 2015. While the bill has a good amount of bi-partisan support, Matlins makes clear there is still much more to be done.
Take a minute and flip through your phone's pictures taken this Thanksgiving weekend -- now zoom in to something in the background. Do you notice anything interesting -- or something that might be interesting in a few decades?
It's important to teach kids about the reality behind the images that surround them. Empowering kids to see behind the photo spreads and the advertisements can help combat the negative effects of these images.
It is our responsibility as real people to tell those among us who are most easily influenced, young or young at heart, that these things aren't real. It's our responsibility to tell them that they are wonderful the way they are and that they should change only as they see fit.
The notion that cosmetic surgery is a "simple beauty treatment" is a contradiction in terms, a paradox of sorts. Surgery is almost never simple, physically or psychologically, and the more we believe it's a solution to our beauty needs, the less beautiful we tend to feel.
Personally, I've always thought the whole point of school pictures is to provide an authentic representation of childhood -- to record every shift of the dental landscape, document every boo-boo, remind us of an unrequited love affair with bangs.