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Love Your Body and Live Healthy

“If you’re going to worry about your health, go to college” April 28, 2010

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

        My new favorite website- -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, 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,, 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:

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 

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!


Lane Bryant Ad Controversy

Filed under: All Posts,Eating Disorders and the Media — reflectionswu @ 11:25 am 

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…