Body Redefined by Neutrality

Beau Ideal Social media prompts various questions concerning the self. This is clearly apparent in many of the platforms we interact with. We must ask ourselves how we can establish who we truly are when we are too often told to tailor ourselves to the external forces and expectations around us? How can we recognize […]

TikTok’s Troubling Beauty Standards

Social media has a messy relationship with, well, most tenets of reality; the priority is often less an accurate depiction of a person or the world, but a version of the aforementioned that maximizes attention and interest. This is especially true of a platform like TikTok, where users have mere minutes to make an impression […]

MEDIAGIRLS Weigh In on the New Year’s Scale Obsession

“This is the year I’m going to drop 10 pounds!” How many times and for how many decades have we heard girls and women of all ages tie their New Year’s resolution to weight loss? The pressure to become a ‘whole new you’ too often means starting a diet, joining a gym, and ultimately weight […]

Let’s go (skin)deeper than body-positive ads.

by Michelle Cove, Executive Director MEDIAGIRLS It seems all at once, we collectively said “Enough!” when it comes to seeing the same one body type– long legs, toned abs, big breasts, tiny waist–plastered all over the media. Just this month we’ve seen women rail against Instagram’s announcement that users are banned from using the hashtag […]

Pick a body part below your neck that you love.

by Michelle Cove, Executive Director MEDIAGIRLS “Tell me the body part between your neck and knees that you love most.” That was the command given to a room full of career women in a workshop my friend attended recently. My friend told me that she, and the rest of the attendees, struggled with this big-time. […]