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STUDY: Women Spend 335 Hours A Year In Front Of The Mirror

The Huffington Post | Chanel Parks | Posted 02.24.2014 | Style

Earlier this month, we learned that the average makeup bag contains $170 worth of products. On Monday, a new Today/AOL "Ideal to Real" body image ...

Teach Girls to Question the Notion of a Beauty Standard

Gloria Yu | Posted 03.15.2014 | Women
Gloria Yu

Advertisers and public figures hoping to improve girls' and women's self-esteem should spread messages that encourage critical questioning about beauty standards beyond just expanding the social definition of "beautiful."

'Am I Ugly?' A Massive Online Community Reveals Surprising Truths About Body Insecurity

Annabelle Buggle | Posted 02.12.2014 | Women
Annabelle Buggle

People are social animals: it's in our nature to crave approval from those around us, and it's only normal to want to be accepted -- and, more than that, admired. In this image-obsessed society, it makes sense that we'd want to get an idea of what others see when they look at us. Are we pretty, or are we ugly?

9 Ways To Make A Good Impression In Divorce Court

Daniel Clement | Posted 01.23.2014 | Divorce
Daniel Clement

Nothing will get the judge's ire more than a ringing cell phone. If you absolutely need to have your telephone on, put it on vibrate. Beware -- if the phone rings, the court officer will likely take it away from you.

New Teen Trend: 'Am I Ugly?' Videos

Barbara Greenberg | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Barbara Greenberg

Girls are relying on the opinions of others in a public forum to evaluate how they should perceive themselves based, of course, on how others perceive them.

What Lipstick Taught Me About Being a New Mum

Rajika Bhandari | Posted 11.19.2013 | Parents
Rajika Bhandari

For the next few weeks I decided to make an investment in looking more presentable. It actually made me feel better, perhaps because in taking that extra time and effort, I was finally paying attention to myself.

This Year's People Magazine Sexiest Man Alive Is Just a Pile of Money: The Sociology of Physical Appearance

Galanty Miller | Posted 10.29.2013 | Comedy
Galanty Miller

I'm better looking than the average man my age. On the other hand, that's not really saying much. The average man my age looks like a piece of dogsh*t.

Samantha Boardman, MD: Beauty Sleep Is the New Black

Samantha Boardman MD | Posted 10.23.2013 | Healthy Living
Samantha Boardman MD

Across the board, women who report consistent poor sleep had increased signs of aging; low self-perceived attractiveness. Other studies show that others perceive people who are sleep deprived as less healthy and less attractive.

Confessions of a Perfectionist

Ashley Ryan | Posted 10.21.2013 | Women
Ashley Ryan

I spent many years living in the shadow of the perfect woman. When we put energy into being what we're not, we often lose precious people and moments along the way. Moments we can never get back -- and sometimes relationships that can't be mended.

Little Girls, Big Problems: What Stock Photos Say About Body Image Anxiety

Sheila Moeschen | Posted 09.22.2013 | Women
Sheila Moeschen

Who's issues are on display in these photos? What 7-year-old girl wakes up thinking that she'll watch a little iCarly and then strip down to her skivvies with her bathroom scale and tape measure to see how much weight she's lost or gained in the last 24 hours?

I'm Voting for Hillary's Hair

Sheila Moeschen | Posted 09.14.2013 | Women
Sheila Moeschen

Reminiscent of Rachel Green's 'do on Friends with its soft, fun layers and updated color, which an anonymous source close to the campaign confides is called "Iowa Straw Poll at Dawn," Hillary's hair signals a definitive shift.

You're Not That Important! Letting Go of Self-Consciousness

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 08.10.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Jim Taylor

Self-consciousness can prevent people from being who they are, expressing what they are feeling, doing what they want to do, and all because they are afraid of what other people will think or say about them.

My Life as a Model: Choosing Not to Objectify Myself

Summer Rayne Oakes | Posted 07.16.2013 | TED Weekends
Summer Rayne Oakes

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgWhat seems to be an impenetrable and immutable industry actually isn't. Granted that changing mindsets might be hard -- and you might have to strip down to your bra and panties for the occasion -- but character, confidence and fortitude always shine through.

The 'Dumb Blonde'

Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton | Posted 07.13.2013 | TED Weekends
Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton

The experience and consequences of being subjected to a stereotype of low intellectual ability -- be it because one is blonde or one is black -- are remarkably similar across these different stereotypes.

WATCH: What You Didn't Know About The Modeling Industry

Cameron Russell | Posted 05.10.2013 | TED Weekends
Cameron Russell

2013-05-09-russellpullWomen are often worried about how they look and that's not superficial. We know that our appearance has nothing to do with how smart, creative, or hardworking we are, but it plays powerfully into what society decides we are worth.

Teens, Makeup and Self-Esteem

Barbara Greenberg | Posted 07.03.2013 | Parents
Barbara Greenberg

I am not suggesting that a little lip gloss at age 12 is a dreadful thing. I am talking about extremes here.

Women: What Ridiculous Creatures We Are

Uloop | Posted 06.25.2013 | College
Uloop

Women. We do a lot of silly things, either to look pretty, or to feel good, or for some other reason (as if we even need one). In most cases, looking...

Teased About Your Looks? Bullying That Goes Under the Radar

Vivian Diller, Ph.D. | Posted 06.08.2013 | Parents
Vivian Diller, Ph.D.

How do we distinguish the angst and insecurities felt by most teenagers from the pain resulting from bullying? Does all teasing between kids warrant prohibition, or is there room for some joking and fooling around? When things clearly go too far, who should intervene?

Workaholics -- The Office for the Next Generation? (Interview)

Shira Lazar | Posted 04.14.2013 | Comedy
Shira Lazar

The writers and stars of Comedy Central's hilarious Workaholics -- Blake Anderson, Adam DeVine and Anders Holm -- try out different varieties of delicious, mouth-watering baby food while wearing bibs and blindfolds.

Reflections on the Culture of Appearance

Mary Pritchard | Posted 04.07.2013 | Healthy Living
Mary Pritchard

At the end of the day, it doesn't matter if your hair wasn't perfect or if your spouse forgot to throw out the garbage. Focus on being happy. And you will be.

The Difficult Issue of Attractiveness Discrimination

Brad Reid | Posted 03.12.2013 | Business
Brad Reid

Civil rights judicial decisions have prohibited gender-stereotyping in the workplace. Should appearance and attractiveness stereotyping become a part of this doctrine?

What if We're Not Gorgeous When We're Old?

Sienna Jae Fein | Posted 03.10.2013 | Fifty
Sienna Jae Fein

Aging has got to be OK; we have no choice. We hope for the day when women and men are not devalued for not being young, when they don't feel impelled to "fix" their faces as a hedge against invisibility.

Judging Judges: When Appearance Matters

Joel Cohen | Posted 03.06.2013 | Crime
Joel Cohen

All judges must be vigilant in how they practice their craft. No matter who the litigant, that litigant must reasonably receive -- and be given adequate reason to believe that he is receiving -- fair and equal justice.

14 Things We've Stopped Worrying About -- And You Should Too

The Huffington Post | Nina Bahadur | Posted 12.18.2012 | Women

With every passing season, year, spate of "character building experiences," there are things we've just stop worrying about. Maybe it's due to accumul...

Embrace Your Ever-Changing Body

Vivian Diller, Ph.D. | Posted 02.02.2013 | Women
Vivian Diller, Ph.D.

Whether you are a teen or over 60, your body undergoes constant physical change. And as these changes occur, they evoke a set of emotional responses that relate not only to your age, but to the circumstances associated with your stage of life.