Articles about 'beauty'

Amy Schumer may be privileged, but she’s allowed to feel ugly

It’s dangerous to use a woman’s privilege to justify dismissing her feelings of being unworthy or out of place, writes Katie Jane

Guest Blogger // 18 March 2018

Categories: Blog

Beauty standards differ, but the pressure to meet them doesn’t

The ideal body type may differ across countries, but the pressure to appear a certain way affects women all the same, writes Kate Harveston

Guest Blogger // 28 June 2017

Categories: Blog

Finding out what True Beauty is

Shoshana Devora enjoys the exploration of worth and beauty in new writing Linda currently showing at the Royal Court Theatre

Shoshana Devora // 10 December 2015

Categories: Reviews, Theatre

Defining ourselves beyond beauty

Laura Wood on the long road to self-acceptance

Guest Blogger // 28 April 2015

Categories: Blog

Girls don’t need more information about what boys find attractive

Dr Aric Sigman suggests we can combat teenage girls' poor body image by asking teenage boys what they find attractive. D H Kelly discusses why this is a really bad idea

D H Kelly // 18 March 2015

Categories: Blog

Crufts versus the beauty pageant

How are beauty pageants like Crufts? Pamela Edwardes thinks that Major Tom provides a compelling comparison

Pamela Edwardes // 23 March 2014

Categories: Plays, Reviews

Skin lightening: looking deeper into the ugly face of the cosmetics industry

The ancient practice of skin whitening is globally accepted for women of all shades. In a contemporary twist, big brand cosmetic companies are cashing in with a racist message that reflects an enduring fascination with white skin

Suze // 22 January 2014

Categories: Blog

It’s Kellogg’s who should be shamed, not women

Lorna Wilson on why the latest Special K advert is just more of the same capitalist shaming of women

Guest Blogger // 24 December 2013

Categories: Blog

New review: Millionaire Matchmaker

What retrogressive messages does the formula of this sexist dating show put out to the modern woman? Laura Clancy watches and finds it’s as if feminism never happened. I have...

Holly Combe // 7 August 2013

Categories: Blog

The Millionaire Matchmaker: the unravelling of feminism?

What retrogressive messages does the formula of this sexist dating show put out to the modern woman? Laura Clancy watches and finds it's as if feminism never happened

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Categories: Reviews, Television

The problem with Dove’s real beauty

Louise McCudden argues that Dove's latest advertising campaign only reinforces the harmful message that beauty is of utmost importance to women

Guest Blogger // 24 April 2013

Categories: Blog

Weekly round-up and open thread

This week's round-up of interesting and thought-provoking news and views

Laura // 8 January 2013

Categories: Blog

Is going grey disgraceful?

Gayle Impey thought the days of older women routinely dying their hair were over. But a head of white hair on a woman still has the power to shock

Gayle Impey // 18 December 2012

Categories: Body and Health, Fashion and Image

Song of the day: Madonna – Dress You Up

Madonna propositions a very stylish person

Holly Combe // 31 August 2012

Categories: Blog

The commercialisation of pregnancy

Yasmin discusses the pressure on pregnant women to buy into capitalist models of beauty, well-being and childcare.

Guest Blogger // 17 April 2012

Categories: Blog

A celebration of beauty – yours and mine

Guest blogger Vicky talks about standards and expectations of beauty and body size, and how the Daily Mail positioned Samantha Brick in a way that could only provoke hostility.

Victoria Brewster // 8 April 2012

Categories: Blog

What Samantha Brick should have written

Guest blogger Louise McCudden argues that feminists need to address the issue of female sexual jealousy.

Guest Blogger // 4 April 2012

Categories: Blog

Ask A Feminist #5: Victims of society?

This week's Ask A Feminist considers how we can argue that culture and society affect women without painting them as unthinking victims.

Laura // 9 February 2012

Categories: Blog

In defence of fake beauty

'Natural' beauty demands hard labour to appear effortlessly beautiful and blemish-free. Brash, flamboyant, over-the-top makeup and clothes can let us reclaim our image, argues Shona McCombes

Shona McCombes // 23 December 2011

Categories: Body and Health

Weekly round-up and open thread

You know the drill: feel free to comment and link away below the line. As usual, The F-Word collective does not endorse any of the articles we link to, these...

Laura // 27 June 2011

Categories: Blog

What happens if you don’t look in any mirrors for a month?

Blogger Autumn Whitefield-Madrano spent the month of May assiduously avoiding looking at herself in the mirror, and recorded the effects in depth on her blog, cleverly titled The Beheld. Her...

Jess McCabe // 9 June 2011

Categories: Blog

France’s burqa ban: fighting oppression with oppression?

As you will know, France’s ban on the wearing of the burqa and niqab in public came into force on Monday, and was met with protests by some Muslim women....

Laura // 15 April 2011

Categories: Blog

Justice for “Ugly People”

Now here’s an idea that seems fair in theory but would be an administrative nightmare to put into practice: Gonzalo Otalora is arguing that good-looking people should pay more tax....

Holly Combe // 11 April 2008

Categories: Blog

Gok Wan: Not so Nice After all?

I’ve always felt a bit ambivalent about Gok Wan (i.e he’s very charming, I want to like him but often find him patronising etc etc) so the latest news that...

Holly Combe // 10 April 2008

Categories: Blog

“Men Should be Obsessed with Success” Says Lad Mag “King”

Here’s what the former Maxim and Men’s Health Editor, Greg Gutfeld has to say about his part in the latter’s promotion of male fitness (in the superficial sense as well...

Holly Combe // 8 February 2008

Categories: Blog

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