BvsB: Blog 2.0

It has been a while. I haven’t been a consistent blogger since I left high school and as I now have a degree, let’s just say that it has been a while, hmm? In light of the last four years, I would like to shift this blog from a focus on my book to a focus on my more general interests. However, there is significant overlap! Topics to be covered will include:

  • The Body (body positivity, fat acceptance, sizism, fatphobia, disordered eating, self-acceptance, ability, wellness, embodiment…)
  • Beauty (beauty standards, Western norms, standardized beauty, normativity, white washing, media representation, pop culture, body policing, heteronormativity…)
  • Social Justice and Intersectional Feminism (sex, gender, anti-racist feminism, trans* rights, sexuality, reproductive rights, classism, equity, inequality, representation, activism, identity…)
  • Media (critique, production, literacy, critical fandom, deconstruction, celebration…)

And more!

You may have noticed that most of the sub-categories could fit in many of the major categories. My interests are wide but are usually all part of the same venn diagram. If you like what you’re seeing above, I politely suggest you subscribe. I will be attempting to post at least once a week in future. 

Second announcement: I am writing for as a current Content Intern, so I will be cross posting most of the work that I do there to this blog. I started posting early in the summer, so I have a backlog of content. Get ready for much, much more frequent posts!
So come along for the ride and let me know what you think in the comments. 


Out of Proportion

Over at the blog Sociological Images, there was a recent posting that made my head spin a bit. Click here to check out their post comparing photos of celebrities in the 90s and photos of those same celebrities now.

It’s pretty shocking to see the different a decade makes. Not only are these female celebrities ten years older, but they’re also much, much skinner. I think the article does a great job of explaining the pictures and I thought it might be worth a look. There’s been news talking about keeping models from starving themselves into their next pay cheque, but celebrities also rely heavily on their bodies to sell themselves to media; we should look at what their job requires them to lose too.

Here’s the before picture:


Click here to follow it on through to see the after.

True for Boys and Girls

Jessica Hagy put up another great comic called “True For Boys and Girls.” Take a look.

In the comments for the comic, several people also pointed out that the circle B should actually be partially out of the A circle, as the cultural definition of beauty is often patently unachieveable by anyone. It’s outside reality. I definitely agree with this, but love the comic even as it is. I wonder if I’ll ever run out of these?!

I’d like to also say a big thank you to all the girls I got to meet at the Calgary Women Centre summer camps. They were a great group and I’d definitely help out again next year.

Operation Beautiful

There’s a woman in Florida who’s started Operation Beautiful in order to help people feel better about themselves. She encourages people to write down a positive message on a post-it note and putting it in a public place, like a public bathroom mirror. The site (here) shows examples of these notes all over the place and I think it’s an AWESOME idea.

I love annonymous compliments, notes or pick-me-ups so I’m totally behind this idea. The founder is trying to target the inner dialogue of women in relation to their body by reminding them via post-its that “you are beautiful” or “Smile, because you’re enough.” This definitely gives me hope that there are people out there taking steps towards a healthier beauty ideal! Check out Operation Beautiful for pictures and the full story!

Resolutions, Re:Solutions

What if the beauty and fashion industry acted like they knew that their choices affected how people view beauty and fashion and did the right thing?

Wonderful, wonderful things.

This is the hopes of those women running the blog: 5 Resolutions

I love their “mission statement’ of their five resolutions to transform fashion and beauty industries. In sum, they are:

1. Educate Our Audience

2. Educate Ourselves

3. Take Responsibility

4. Take Action

5. Stay Connected

Check out the link to see how what these five points really meet and learn about how the fashion and beauty industry SHOULD be behaving.


So, I have a bit of an infatuation with spoken word/slam poetry. It’s a pretty intense form of expression sometimes, but that can make it very effective at getting a message across. Below is a video of a poem called, “Pretty” by Katie Makkai that talks about the way that women and girls define themselves with just the word pretty, or how they are not. Warning: There is some strong language used here, which is frequently the case with spoken word. If that’s not your thing, feel free not to press play. If not, let’s hear what Katie Makkai has to say.

Be more than just “pretty,” because you are.