by Kate Angell
Note: The present paper is a synopsis of my college thesis, written over a seven-month period from 2005-2006. While editing the thesis for publication in RE/VISIONIST, I reflected that some of the material from this study has the potential to be outdated. As a social scientist, my immediate rationalization was to delve into articles published in the past five years and consequently update the study. However, I decided against this option, and chose to submit it to RE/VISIONIST as a historical document reflecting inhabitants of a very specific temporal and social location – New England senior women of the mid-2000s.
- Attribution: “old woman” by Lauren Gledhill
Over the past couple decades, numerous psychological studies have been conducted to examine whether the exposure of girls and young women to images of thin, glamorized women in popular media, such as Glamour and Cosmopolitan magazines, results in disordered eating and/or poor self-regard. Some researchers (Champion & Furnham, 1999; Cusumano & Thompson, 1997; Martin & Kennedy, 1993) maintain that this particular relationship does not lead young women to internalize these socially imposed norms. However, other studies have concluded the opposite, positing that exposure to such photographs can cause an increase in body dissatisfaction, depression, and low self-esteem (Morrison, Kalin, & Morrison, 2004; Pinhas, Toner, Ali, Garfinkel, & Stuckless, 1999; Turner, Hamilton, Jacobs, Angood, & Dwyer, 1997).
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It’s Time to Talk to Employers About Domestic Worker’s Rights ColorLines: “The first of its kind in the nation, the so-called “nanny law” grants fundamental labor protections to some 200,000 full-time and live-in nannies, housekeepers and elder-care providers in the state.” Mom Sues After Daughter Is Pictured on Anti-Abortion Billboard Jezebel: “The New York billboard that linked abortion with African-American genocide has been taken down, … Continue reading This Week: Domestic Workers Rights, Anti-Abortion Ads, & More
I read this article by Chris Benson posted on Huffington Post this morning. I found it to be compelling because in addition examining the racist undertones of the Birther Movement, Benson also addresses media responsibility in clarifying and contextualizing what the so called movement is really all about. What has become clear during Donald Trump’s media-blitz-of-a-non-campaign-campaign is that too many mainstream journalists are missing the … Continue reading Media Should Call Trump on Race-Based ‘Birther’ Campaign
Check out this thoughtful conversation on the feminist blogosphere featuring Andrea Plaid, Lori Adelman, Irin Carmon, and Amanda Marcotte, moderated by Emily Douglas. Continue reading Conversation on the Feminist Blogosphere
These images are data from a report by the Stanford Center for the Study of Poverty and Inequality, posted at Sociological Images. Continue reading Images of Inequality
On April 14th, Rep. Joe Crowley (D-NY) delivered a one-minute on the House floor. Via Nancy Pelosi’s YouTube channel. — Kate Wadkins Continue reading Speechless
Georgia passes immigration bill similar to Arizona’s Los Angeles Times: “Police would be given the power to check the immigration status of ‘criminal’ suspects and many businesses would be required to do the same with potential hires.” France’s Anti-Muslim Burqa Ban Goes Into Effect ColorLines: “Veiled women in France now risk facing a fine of €150 ($215) and a citizenship course or up to 4 … Continue reading This Week: Immigration in the East, France’s Burqa Ban, & more
Cross-posted from For the Birds. Since April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month – or if you take a page out of SAFER’s book it is Sexual Assault ACTIVISM Month – there are plenty of events, gatherings and benefits to raise awareness, honor survivors and engage in discussions around prevention. One quick way to take action is to support New Yorkers United Against Sexual Violence, by … Continue reading April is Sexual Assault Activism Month
Of the 1%, by the 1%, for the 1% Vanity Fair: “The top 1 percent have the best houses, the best educations, the best doctors, and the best lifestyles, but there is one thing that money doesn’t seem to have bought: an understanding that their fate is bound up with how the other 99 percent live. Throughout history, this is something that the top 1 … Continue reading This Week: The Top 1%, Street Harrassment, & more
Fat Stigma Spreads Around the Globe New York Times: “The findings were troubling, suggesting that negative perceptions about people who are overweight may soon become the cultural norm in some countries, including places where plumper, larger bodies traditionally have been viewed as attractive, according to a new report in the journal Current Anthropology.” Gadhafi’s Revolutionary Nuns: An All-Female Team of Bodyguards Protects the Libyan Leader … Continue reading This Week: Fat Stigma, Gadhafi’s Nuns, & more