Freelance Writing Break

My freelance writing has piled up (that’s a good thing!), so I need to go on a break from this blog for a while. Thank you for reading. Keep up the fight in the meantime! I know you will.

Published in: on 03/26/2010 at 7:06 pm  Leave a Comment  

Casting director: Hollywood has “never been as open” to atypical actors “than now”

Casting outside the box!

In my grasping-at-straws hope that one day, Hollywood will accept the full range of healthy weights, I found a little gem in a recent CNN article.

From casting director Robert Ulrich (emphasis mine):

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Published in: on 03/17/2010 at 12:00 am  Comments (3)  
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Jessica Simpson’s The Price of Beauty: Tonight!

Anticipation!

The time: Tonight! 10 p.m. Eastern and Pacific

The place: VH1

The show: Jessica Simpson’s The Price of Beauty

The anticipation: After all this buildup, will it be good? Come back and post what you think! Let’s discuss …

Published in: on 03/15/2010 at 12:00 am  Leave a Comment  
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Victoria’s Secret: A Body for Every … um … make that One Body

Victoria's Secret

Victoria's Secret's new campaign

Oh, Victoria, whatever will we do with you?

For its latest ads, Victoria’s Secret has chosen the innovative route of featuring septuplets. Oh, they have different skin tones, but you can tell the models are related because their bodies are EXACTLY THE SAME.

“There’s a Body for every body,” goes the tag line. You’re funny, Victoria. Very funny.

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Weekly “Bravo!” Body Image Roundup

Quotes that make you think

And now for a new addition: A weekly roundup of awesome quotes that I didn’t blog about but that deserve recognition. [Cue applause sign.]

Here they are … posts that make you think.

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Published in: on 03/12/2010 at 12:00 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Next up: New Zealand and Jo Lawn—Ironman athlete

The warped-body-image pandemic

On our surprise trip around the world this month, let’s venture down under, shall we?

Thirty-six-year-old athlete Jo Lawn just won her seventh Ironman New Zealand, reports The New Zealand Herald. She swam 2.4 miles, biked 112 miles and ran 26.2 miles—all in nine hours, 14 minutes and 35 seconds.

You’d think she’d be more concerned with strength than skinniness. And yet, not too long ago, reports the Herald: (more…)

Published in: on 03/11/2010 at 12:00 am  Leave a Comment  
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Plus-size models not really average

Distorted views

We keep hearing that plus-size models represent the average American woman, who’s around a size 14. But people who cite that number also say the average height is 5’4″.

Um … size 14 at a model’s 5’10″ looks a lot different than at 5’4″. (more…)

Published in: on 03/11/2010 at 12:00 am  Comments (1)  
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Tiny-waist t-shirts make body-image statement

National Eating Disorder Information Centre

Now there’s a greeting card!

The National Eating Disorder Information Centre, in Canada, launched a campaign last month targeting the fashion industry. They sent greeting cards and t-shirts to “selected fashion leaders and marketers all over the world.”

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Published in: on 03/10/2010 at 12:00 am  Leave a Comment  
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Even Japanese women getting thinner!

Shrinking Japanese women

Japanese eating habits have been held up for years as wonders of modern healthfulness. If only we Americans ate more like the Japanese, we’d be skinnier, have lower cholesterol and have less heart disease.

Except … now, the women are going overboard. (more…)

Published in: on 03/09/2010 at 12:00 pm  Comments (3)  
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What sorority rushees can teach us about body image

Confident women!

Sorority girls are hard on themselves.

At Psychology Today, Dara Chadwick blogged about a study that found some, well, not-so-surprising things about sorority rush participants and body image. She used the study to teach about how friends can influence how we look at ourselves.

I agree but would go further: We can influence how our friends look at themselves.

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Published in: on 03/09/2010 at 12:00 am  Leave a Comment  
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