By Hannah McCandless Hannah is a first year graduate student in the Women’s History program at Sarah Lawrence College. Sitting in Mrs. Carter’s seventh grade Language Arts class during the fall of 2007, I slid down in my chair, legs spread out, relaxed – no care in the world. I always sat like that, not thinking about how much space I took up and loving … Continue reading A Period Memory
By Emma Staffaroni “Whenever woman’s spirit has been threatened, she has taken the control of her body as an avenue of self-expression. The anorectic refusal of food is only the latest in a series of woman’s attempts at self-assertion which at some point have descended directly upon her body. If woman’s body is the site of her protest, then equally the body is the ground on which the … Continue reading Beyond “Love Your Body Week”: Can Feminisms Truly Address the Epidemic of Body Hatred?
by Emilie Egger Travels throughout other parts of the world have enlightened me to the fact that America’s body neuroses are spreading with our culture and economic exploitation. After college, I spent several months teaching English in Georgia. Georgia is a country on the border of Asia and Europe, whose culture reflects influences from both; centuries of invasions and occupations have added layers to its … Continue reading Cultural Imperialism and Body Image in Georgia
by Cynia Barnwell My race is not a purse, I can never place it down or shop for a new one. My race is not a bag I will never put it away, hoping it will come back into fashion My race is not a clutch and I refuse to lose it My ethnicity is not a pair of peep-toed pumps… and I will never … Continue reading No Accessories
This visual essay is excerpted from a paper by Brittany Chevalier. This visual essay examines the historical trend of American women’s empowerment, their body image, and how the media, who is ultimately run by the patriarchy, enforces the standards of beauty in culture. While women have experienced a sense of political, social and economic freedom in the public sphere over the past fifty years, they are still held … Continue reading Shifting Ideals of Beauty: A Visual Essay