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Posts Tagged ‘body image issues’

Target Needs to Put Its Legs Together

So, I’m sitting on my couch catching up on DVR recordings. One of my favorites is Comedy Central‘s absolute genius “@midnight.”

Host Chris Hardwick always starts the show with a high-octane “This happened on <insert your social media platform here> today.” And there was this picture.

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What in the red-and-white hell is that geometric gap between her legs? It’s certainly not a Bulls-eye, Target, so care to explain that deformity of this poor woman?

Of course not because they are still working around a certain Yuletide data breach so their PR reps are kinda busy at the moment. However, Target’s cracked photoshop crew were trying to make the waif pictured above even smaller because that always sells bikinis to real women, right? We can only hope that while Target is looking to cut costs while it invest in some heavy-duty, hack-proof security system, that they keep its proofreading group in marketing.

By the looks of that cavernous gap in the picture, someone was asleep on the job — or the edit button.

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Real-Life Barbie Doll Wants to Become Living Blonde Stereotype

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Please send your hate mail to this bimbo … if she can read it.

Meet Blondie Bennett.

Certainly, that’s her legal name, or at least one that she can spell without phoning a friend. This 38-year-old nimrod has one idol that challenges her to reach for goals, climb to new heights, and become a better person. That idol is Barbie.

Yes, as in the plastic doll that recently posed on the cover of Sports Illustrated and known for having an unrealistic body. So, other than the alterations that you can see has already taken place, she plans on doing this — Blondie Bennett wants to become “totally brainless through the practice of hypnotherapy.”

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Social Media Affects Image as Girls Combat ‘Thigh Gap’

stop-cyber-bullyingCyberbullying.”

This is a word that has caught on like wildfire in this real-time, social media world. It’s not enough that children are victimized by the mean girls or the old bullies in school. Now, if someone has a weed against your niece or nephew, sibling, child or anyone else, they just start a vitriolic rumor via Facebook or Twitter.

Unfortunately, people are voyeurs by nature and just love watching the train wreck. So, instead of shouting, “MOVE!” People just giggle, snicker and often chime in to be with the cool kids. Image is often attacked first, and that is clear in this story from NYC’s ABC affiliate WPVI.

It seems many eating disorder experts are concerned about an “Internet-fueled trend” that finds young girls and women looking to compete for an idiotic weight-loss goal called the “Thigh Gap.” This means these women become so haggard that their thighs do not touch — even when their feet are together.

“The issue of focusing on a particular body part is very common,” said Claire Mysko, who oversees teen outreach and digital media for the National Eating Disorders Association, an advocacy group. “What is new is these things have taken on a life of their own because of the Internet and social media.”

And that “life” needs to be asphyxiated immediately. Yeah, I said it. I’m a father of a precious little girl, sue me.

Why? It’s just harmless pictures, right? It’s only women trying to lose weight, right? Try on these harrowing statistics from the Cyberbullying Research Center:

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Body Image Blogger Calls Out Haters on Today

In case you haven’t heard of “Humans of New York”, here’s a quick primer: The page, run by a photographer named Brandon, blew up on Facebook in recent months thanks to its candid portraits of the fascinating people who pass through our nation’s biggest city on any given day.

The project ran into some controversy recently when Brandon photographed an 18-year old New Yorker named Stella Boonshoft. Stella’s Body Love self-acceptance blog already had a significant online following when she ran into Brandon, but his decision to feature her intimate, underwear-only self portrait on his site increased the attention tenfold. In just over 12 hours, it attracted 270,000 likes, 10,000 shares and 2,600 comments—most supportive but some judgmental and dismissive.

The blog’s tone is unapologetic and somewhat confrontational: on her most-trafficked post, Stella writes “This is my body. Not yours…Meaning my size, IS NONE OF YOUR F*CKING BUSINESS.”

The duo’s viral success earned them an appearance on The Today Show, and this morning they talked to Savannah Guthrie about the trials and tribulations of virtual celebrity:

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