As a feminist, I've always felt deeply conflicted about the whole boob job thing. On one hand, it's both sad and ridiculous that women feel compelled to pay thousands and undergo surgery to attain an ostensibly "more desirable" body.
As a young girl, I was indoctrinated and blindly aligned myself to that belief system. But not anymore. I, along with many others, have outgrown that life-view. Welcome tall, short, fat, thin, young, old and every color. Welcome me. Welcome you
by guest blogger Renee James, humorist and blogger A few years ago, I wrote a column addressing what I thought was the nadir of women's self-esteem...
Quick! Are you the kind who combs your hair before a selfie or do you just go for it? While many have said that this growing phenomenon has caused us to become even more concerned about our looks than in previous times, there may actually be something a bit deeper going on beneath the surface.
We got smartphones and we got smarter at navigating our way around the Internet. We've become savvy at finding new 'likes': online dating, Scrabble, Skype, Twitter and every hot travel deal going. We've joined Facebook in droves (until our sons and daughters fought back by un-friending us).
Hi Dr. Barbara, I'm 17 and having a self-image situation. I joined an all-girl yoga group a few weeks back and we just got our class uniforms in. Ba...
Why do women get breast implants? It's the number one cosmetic surgery in the U.S., even though it carries with it the burden of judgment and dismissal. So what's driving these women? Are they young and insecure? Superficial? Desperate?
Even though I know I can't believe everything I read or see online, sometimes I still do. But there are people who use lies and deception with unclear motives on the Internet.
Finally, I'm ready to accept you, my healthy baby-feeding friends. Although you don't look the same, I'm not going to trade you in for a younger-looking model, like a man might.
I know a person who's having a midlife crisis. It isn't a secret; that's part of the crisis. His issue comes down to an excess of sex that he talks about excessively. His best friends don't mind that he's scoring more than LeBron James in a heated playoff -- they just wish he'd stop flaunting it.
Some women are blessed with breasts that seem perpetually perky. Others, like me, aren't so lucky. But there are a few things that may have pushed my boobs further south, before their time. I've learned that while I can't control my DNA, some activities do slow down -- or speed up -- the inevitable breast aging process.
We keep telling ourselves that we should be flawless. When our lives falls short of our imaginary utopia, we get scared and lash out at ourselves and those we love. Our society worships perfection, photoshopping out wrinkles and bulges of our starving models.
We know that there are some specific attributes that most objectively "attractive" faces have in common. These attributes are most recently described in In Your Face, a new book by Australian plastic surgeon Dr. Bryan Mendelson.
I won't pretend to be excited about my newly-sagging eyelids or gradually gradating chins, but I contest the idea that it's somehow selfish of me to walk around like this, as if I'm exposing others to some sort of putrid, decaying, possibly contagious zombie flesh.
My transformation felt like staring into a fun house mirror. With the stereotactic and surgical biopsies, my body was becoming more and more freakish and unfamiliar. Being deconstructed bit by bit, I feared reconstruction meant more damage, not less.
Please repeat after me: it is never OK to publicly say an unkind thing about another human being's face. If you want women in Hollywood to stop getting plastic surgery, maybe you should just stop saying negative things about their appearance, period.