Reflections WashU

Love Your Body and Live Healthy

10 CHANGES YOU CAN MAKE— About-Face.org April 28, 2010

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ten things you can do
1. Stop Talking About Your Weight (especially in front of young girls)  Young girls listen to the way women talk about themselves and each other and learn the language of womanhood. Young women can only learn to love or even accept their bodies if they see women who love and accept their own. Every discussion we have about weight, or fat, or being too this or that, leaves an impression on the people around us. We are encouraging an unattainable quest for perfection. 

2. Make a List of Women You Admire  
How often is the woman’s appearance a reason that you admire her? What do you think are the most important attributes a woman can have? What would you like a young woman to most admire in you? In herself? Does our culture seem to admire the same things in women that you do? 

3. Question the Motives of the Fashion IndustryAlways remember that the main objective of the fashion, cosmetic, diet, fitness and plastic surgery industries is to make money, not to make you the best person you can possibly be. The ultra thin ideal is working for them. But is it working for you? If every season your parent or partner told you to change who you are or how you dress wouldn’t you question their motives? 

4. Stop Weighing YourselfRemember that the emphasis to be thin and beautiful is ever present in our society. Cut yourself some slack. Imagine spending a day, or a week, without the scale measuring your self esteem. Does the scale tell you that you aren’t disciplined enough? That you aren’t working hard enough? Get rid of it. The emphasis on thin is new and arbitrary. And it can be reversed. 

5. Concentrate on Things You Do WellDo you look in the mirror one day and think you look great and the next day and think you look awful? Your body isn’t changing, your perception of it is. It is true that if you’re feeling good about other things in your life, you’ll be less critical of how you look. Do things you do well. And if you’ve had a bad day, stay away from the mirror. When a woman is happy and confident, she may not have a “perfect” body, but she doesn’t give a damn! 

6. Get Physical For FunYour body needs EXCERCISE and REAL FOODS. Take walks, dance in your living room, garden, golf…try to get moving for your heart, not to decrease the size of your bottom. You may lose weight and you may not, but your body will be stronger, your stress will be lower and you’ll feel better. 

7. Value Your DollarsWith more women working today than ever before, our dollars are much in demand. You are being courted! How much of your money goes into the fashion and cosmetics industries? What do you spend on eating regimens? What are you getting back? Look at your budget and be sure the money you spend reflects the person you are, not the person society wants you to be. If look’s didn’t matter at all, what would you spend your money on? 

8. Voice Your OpinionBoth large and small businesses are interested in your input. Your letters and phone calls really make a difference. The following organizations can help you find the addresses of companies. Contact Media Action Alliance in Circle Pines, MN (612) 434-4343 or Media Watch in Santa Cruz, CA (408) 423-6355. Subscribe to Media Watch’s terrific quarterly Action Agenda. 

9. Be a Role ModelEvery culture and every generation has its own rules and expectations for women. It is never easy to go against the grain, but there have always been women who took risks to grow and learn and succeed. And, there always will be. Many inspirational women have broken molds, set new standards, and blazed trails. Wouldn’t you like to break a mold or two? 

10. Break the BarriersAuthor Sara Tisdale wrote, “We must all choose between battles: One battle is against the cultural ideal, and the other is against ourselves.” Must we always define ourselves by what popular culture dictates? Develop your own style. Have fun– Wear lipstick. Or don’t. You’re the boss of you. By speaking out and accepting yourself (dimples and all), you help break the barriers.   

***I found this amazing list at www.About-face.org. CHECK IT OUT, it’s an amazing website trying to do all the same things we are trying to do as a group.

 

“If you’re going to worry about your health, go to college”

Filed under: All Posts,Eating Disorders and the Media — reflectionswu @ 6:46 am

        My new favorite website- About-face.org -provides visitors with access to the best and worst media uses of women’s health, weight, and objectification. One of the products on their recent “Gallery of Winners” top ten list includes the documentary America the Beautiful, produced by filmmaker Darryl Roberts. The documentary focuses on the media and modeling world’s obsession with beauty and thinness. It was released in 2008 and won numerous awards.

        The above quote is from one of the models shown in the film, as seen in this preview below. Sadly, models like these are not worrying about their health and instead their success which is solely defined by their weight and beauty. Yet what they may not realize is the way that their image trickles down throughout society and that those girls who do go to college are faced with their unhealthy images and forced to compare themselves to this beauty “ideal.”

 

The Triple Bind April 26, 2010

Filed under: All Posts,Eating Disorders and the Media — reflectionswu @ 12:51 pm

 

Cover of the Triple Bind

I am always on the lookout for new media and resources that provide women with positive reinforcement in a culture that sexualizes, objectifies, and ignores women. I recently came across a review of The Triple Bind by another blogger at combatlamaladie.wordpress.com, I recommend checking the blog out! After reading her review and watching the video (I’ve attached it at the bottom) of the author speaking, I was really inspired. I visited the official site, www.triplebind.com, which gave me the following description of what is discussed in the book: 

  • Today’s trap: how internal conflict can turn self-repression into self-destruction
  • Nature versus nurture: genes, hormones, and the role of biology in confronting the triple bind
  • Life in the pressure cooker: overscheduled, overtaxed lives, and how the pressure to excel at everything sets girls up for crisis
  • When virtue is its own punishment: how traditionally feminine qualities like empathy, self-awareness, and verbal ability can put girls at risk of anxiety, depression, and other disorders
  • Getting all Pussycat Dolled up: the oversexualization of little girls, preteens, and teenagers
  • The wired child: how cyber culture exacerbates the triple bind
  • Girls who hit: the reasons girls are channeling pressure into violence
  • The plight of normal girls: hidden aspects of the triple bind crisis that don’t show up in statistics

 

Combining moving personal stories about girls and their families with extensive research into genetic risk, vulnerability, and cultural influence, Dr. Hinshaw provides strategies and tools for parents who want to empower their daughters to deal in healthy ways with today’s pressures.

 

Here’s a video of author Stephan Hinshaw discussing The Triple Bind:

 http://fora.tv/2009/02/17/Stephen_Hinshaw_Hidden_Crisis_Facing_Girls#The_Triple_Bind_Cultural_Demands_on_Teenage_Girls

I am going to have to wait until after finals 😦 to read it but let me know if you have read it and your opinion!

 

Toddlers and Tiaras

Filed under: All Posts,Eating Disorders and the Media — reflectionswu @ 12:21 pm

http://www.youtube.com/user/SoAnnoyingCom?feature=pyv&ad=3827004589&kw=toddlers%20and%20tiaras#p/u/0/7QVj6xczKuQ 

What a ridiculous show…Forcing your 4 year-old daughter to wear make-up and get spray-tans is not a healthy bonding activity. Not only are you teaching them that winning and competition is all that’s important, but you are also telling them that the only way to succeed is by being beautiful, charming, and flawless. Kids make mistakes, make messes, make bad choices, but then they LEARN from them! All that these girls are learning is that they will only be loved for their beauty. Kids should not look like dolls!

http://widgets.clearspring.com/o/4ae8d36a3102598f/4bd51fcf91de2767/4ae8d36a3102598f/f634908a/-cpid/7114651a4416b1be

 

Reflections Roster

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President……………………………………………………………………………………Annie Goldring

Vice President/Treasurer…………………………………………………………….Marci Engle

Eating Disorder Awareness Week Chairs………………………………………Beth Heger and Rachel Mandelbaum

Fat Talk Free Week Chairs……………………………………………………………Nishi Boppana and Brittany Gozlan

Training Chairs……………………………………………………………………………Marci Engle and Lexi Klein

Public Relations…………………………………………………………………………..Amanda Jacobowitz

Recruitment Chair……………………………………………………………………….Helen Bogen

Community Outreach…………………………………………………………………..Genna Morton

Secretary……………………………………………………………………………………Alexa DiFiore

Members………………………………………………………………………….Alex Friedman, Amy Marx, Ananya Dhall, Andie Sporck, Anwesha Majumder, Brooke Cheatham, Chelsea Greenberg, Marni Russo, Molly Jennings, Sara Silbert, Tali Panken, Tess deBlanc-Knowles

 

Contact us via e-mail at washureflections@yahoo.com or comment on this post if you are interested in getting involved! We will also be present at the fall activities fair.

 

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Lane Bryant Ad Controversy

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http://www.examiner.com/x-12837-US-Headlines-Examiner~y2010m4d23-Plus-size-Lane-Bryant-lingerie-ad-banned-by-Fox-and-ABC-is-it-too-racy-videos-poll 

This is absurd! Watch this video of the Lane Bryant ad for their new undergarment line that FOX and ABC chose not to air calling it “too much skin.” Compare this ad to the Victoria’s Secret ads, Dancing with the Stars costumes, and the numerous sexual scenes being played during primetime tv on shows like Desperate Housewives and Gossip Girl, and the networks’ claims that it was too racy for “family hour” is simply are simply insulting. Share your thoughts on the advertising world and the lack of full-figured role models in the media…