Articles about Fashion and Image

Glamour models made me sick

Lads' mags are responsible for my eating disorder, says Hannah Whittaker

Hannah Whittaker // 2 January 2008

Categories: Body and Health, Culture and Media, Fashion and Image, Sex and Relationships

Miss LSE or Miss-ogyny?

Antonia Strachey explains why she took part in a protest against a beauty contest for students at the London School of Economics

Antonia Strachey //

Categories: Activism, Body and Health, Culture and Media, Fashion and Image

Filling the hole

The self-hating mindset, if not the medical condition, of anorexia is frighteningly common, argues Katie Muller

Katie Muller // 6 December 2007

Categories: Body and Health, Culture and Media, Fashion and Image, Feminism, Men

High heels with a pointe

A collection of extreme stilettos tells a very uncomfortable story about the high heels many women totter around in every day, says Gloria Dawson

Gloria Dawson // 9 November 2007

Categories: Culture and Media, Fashion and Image

How many lesbians does it take to sell a t-shirt?

Girl-on-girl action may be marketing gold, but has little benefit for actual lesbians, argues Joanna Whitehead

Joanna Whitehead // 4 November 2007

Categories: Culture and Media, Fashion and Image, Men, Stereotypes

The problem with pink

Pink ribbons may raise life-saving funding for breast cancer research. But, Michelle Wright says, October's month of consumer altruism glosses over the reality of the disease - and allows corporations to line their pockets

Michelle Wright // 31 October 2007

Categories: Body and Health, Culture and Media, Fashion and Image, Stereotypes

Skinny porn

The size-zero debate is just another excuse for judging women's bodies, argues Abi M

Abi Millar // 30 August 2007

Categories: Body and Health, Culture and Media, Fashion and Image

The F Word podcast: episode one!

Welcome to the first ever F Word podcast!

Jess McCabe // 9 July 2007

Categories: Body and Health, Culture and Media, Fashion and Image, Feminism, Podcasts, Politics and Current Affairs, Stereotypes

Where the size-zero debate goes awry

On the face of it, the size zero debate seems to address feminist bug-bears. But, argues Laurie Penny, it just creates another set of sexist stereotypes - and obfuscates the truth about eating disorders

Laurie Penny // 7 July 2007

Categories: Body and Health, Fashion and Image

‘Honey! Your vagina needs a mint’

The Vagina Institute purports to provide a public service to curious women. But Samara Ginsberg detects a rather different agenda

Samara Ginsberg //

Categories: Body and Health, Fashion and Image, Feminism, Sex and Relationships

Buying gunk

When the latest anti-aging cream hit the shelves, queues of women scrambled to buy it. But Gemma argues we should take a step back and think before fronting up the cash

Gemma Wearing //

Categories: Body and Health, Fashion and Image

Why replication isn’t subversion

Locher's t-shirts come with teasing slogans stitched in, but a closer examination reveals they are far from subversive, argues Louise Livesey

Louise Livesey //

Categories: Fashion and Image

Yummy-mummy or pramface?

Baby-making has become a high-pressure pursuit, argues Abby O'Reilly. Celebrity 'yummy-mummies' only raise the stakes further and obscure the realities of child-birth and motherhood

Abby OReilly //

Categories: Body and Health, Culture and Media, Fashion and Image, Sex and Relationships

Girls Aloud, beauty secrets and lies

A recent magazine article on Girls Aloud proclaimed to "reveal their beauty secrets". But, Michelle Wright argues, all it really did was expose the effects of subscribing to patriarchal, capitalist beauty standards on women's self-esteem

Michelle Wright // 3 June 2007

Categories: Body and Health, Culture and Media, Fashion and Image

First impressions

Feminists are caricatured as ugly and fat by society. Assuming a recruitment drive for swim-suit models is off the table, Samara Ginsberg considers what we can do to fight back

Samara Ginsberg // 2 June 2007

Categories: Body and Health, Fashion and Image, Feminism, Stereotypes

A feminist guide to ballet

From body image to ultra-femininity, ballet has a bad rap with feminists. Returning to classes for the first time in 15 years, Jess McCabe finds her inner ballerina

Jess McCabe //

Categories: Body and Health, Culture and Media, Fashion and Image

A hairy dilemma

Women are signed up at puberty for a lifetime of relentless hair removal. But, asks Emma Chaplin, if the alternative is pariah status and the laughter of children, what can a feminist do?

Emma Chaplin // 2 May 2007

Categories: Culture and Media, Fashion and Image

Hair today, mad tomorrow

Even when baldness is caused by illness, it is taboo because it flouts conventions of femininity, argues Nichi Hodgson. Britney Spears is only the latest in a long line of reviled, bald women - and, worst of all, she chose to shave off her locks

Nichi Hodgson // 29 March 2007

Categories: Culture and Media, Fashion and Image

Your Face Is Your Fortune

These days women can be successful in the workplace, but they're never allowed to forget what really matters: how sexually attractive they are to men. Marianne Cupit asks: are women still being judged on their appearance when it comes to their chosen career?

Marianne Cupit // 1 February 2007

Categories: Fashion and Image

Women Are Not In Fashion

This season's must-have fashion choices include the pre-pubescent child or the porn star; both one-dimensional images of female passivity and compliance. Where is the space for real, complex women in our culture and in fashion? Lucy Wilkins comments on the new re-packaging of the tired old virgin / whore dichotomy.

Lucy Wilkins // 19 September 2006

Categories: Fashion and Image

Under the Knife

Michelle Wright looks at the increasing normalisation of extreme cosmetic surgery in British culture.

Michelle Wright // 5 November 2005

Categories: Body and Health, Fashion and Image

Who’s the man?

Is masculinity simply "natural" or - like femininity - is it essentially performance? Holly Combe addresses this question and more as she reports on her first time at a Drag King workshop, and shares the results with The F-Word

Holly Combe // 1 August 2005

Categories: Fashion and Image, Men

Sick of Celebrity

Why is it assumed that all women want to emulate celebrities? Against the suffocating celebrity-worship culture, Nicky Raynor argues in favour of glorious anonymity, individuality, and a greater variety of female role models.

Nicky Raynor // 5 November 2004

Categories: Culture and Media, Fashion and Image

Not my Cup of T: slogans on women’s T-shirts

Why is it suddenly fashionable for women to brand themselves "eye candy", "porn star" or "temptress "? Jo Knowles wanders the high-street for clues.

Jo Knowles // 20 July 2004

Categories: Fashion and Image

A Perfect Delusion

What effect are men's magazines having on men's views of women and heterosexual relationships? Samantha Lyster thinks men who fall for the magazines' propaganda about women are setting themselves up for a fall.

Samantha Lyster // 19 April 2004

Categories: Culture and Media, Fashion and Image, Men, Sex and Relationships

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