Dove Campaign for Real Beauty

"I am strong, I am beautiful, and I will not be erased.”
The double standard for men and women continues in the workplace. The recent media debate about whether Carrie Fisher is aging well or not in the blockbuster, "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" movie, is an example of women facing scrutiny about looks and appearance in the workplace that does not equally apply to men.
For centuries, women have been pressured to meet changing standards of beauty. There are billion-dollar industries built on how women can look more beautiful through make up, dieting, hair products and anti-aging treatments. From birth, we as women receive an onslaught of messaging that beauty is not within but what's on the outside.
I hated it when I was younger, and I hate it more now that I'm older. I will avoid it at any cost. But that's hard to do when you run an Internet-based business, and that photo is part of what might be the first impression someone has of you.
It seems that beauty is only about youth, a predefined set of features when it comes to women. Assumptions or stereotypes of who is beautiful can impact women's lives including their incomes, access to resources and interpersonal relationships.
The media spends a lot of time pretending to celebrate diversity, sending up a self-congratulatory cheer whenever a magazine puts someone who isn't pin-thin on a cover. It's a step in the right direction, but it's awfully small.
is telling a girl, "Your looks don't matter as long as you love yourself" really realistic? And how do we address matters of beauty when the concept is both subjective and largely defined by arbitrary, exclusive societal standards?
Scroll down and check out these gorgeous girls and women with #CurlPower. The network asked viewers to share photos of their
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It's no secret that the Internet has fed the flame of self-indulgence and for some, humility has completely gone out the window. But what exactly is the motivation behind all this self obsession?
I asked Emma why she started smiling with her lips together. "Because I hate my teeth," she said. "I stand in front of the mirror and practice smiling with my mouth closed." She's 7.
At least a couple of times a week, an outrage catches on. Social media gets whipped up into a frenzy and the Internet mob is unleashed. The media jump into the fray and righteous indignation hits a fever pitch. Finally, the offending party relents. Victory! The power of social media! Right?
Social networking sites such as Facebook and Instagram can provide an enriching social experience for young users, if not
"The conversation is as relevant and fresh today as it was 10 years ago," MacLeod said. "I believe we'll be doing [this campaign
All these years later, and this is pretty much the same picture I drew of myself in high school, the one in the bathing suit with the big thighs. And yes, I know I probably should work on this.
If you were asked to name one thing you really love about your body, what would your initial reaction be? And would it be
Are you a scientist who specializes in neuroscience, cognitive science, or psychology? And have you read a recent peer-reviewed
What does "beauty" mean? It's hard to discern, especially in our society, exactly what makes a person beautiful.
What struck me most when I watched the Dove video was how much I related to the women featured in it, and how it gives us gay men an opportunity to talk about our own body issues. Gay men need to find ways to acknowledge the poor self-image that many of us have experienced.