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The radical message of Michelle Obama’s speech. Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images PHILADELPHIA—I spoke to my mom on Tuesday morning.

The radical message of Michelle Obama’s speech.

We talked about Michelle Obama. I was on the floor when the first lady gave her speech and could feel the pride and enthusiasm in the room. She electrified, and viewers everywhere felt it. My mom was one of them. That is the story of this country, the story that has brought me to this stage tonight, the story of generations of people who felt the lash of bondage, the shame of servitude, the sting of segregation, but who kept on striving and hoping and doing what needed to be done so that today I wake up every morning in a house that was built by slaves. Bibliofeminista. Natalie Portman: Feminist Movies Don't Necessarily Have Kickass Women. I hate Strong Female Characters. I hate Strong Female Characters.

I hate Strong Female Characters

As someone spends a fair amount of time complaining on the internet that there aren’t enough female heroes out there, this may seem a strange and out of character thing to say. Wmagazine.com. Women, democracy and dictatorship. The electoral success of Islamic parties in Egypt, Tunisia and Morocco, has raised worries about policy and legislation on family and gender issues, this despite re-assuring noises from leading figures.

Women, democracy and dictatorship

Earlier electoral successes of Islamists in Iraq had brought about a disorderly mix of family policies and rule of disparate religious authorities, accompanied by much constraint and intimidation. This may be a good time to reflect on the record of various Middle Eastern countries on these issues over the course of the twentieth and twenty-first century and their relations to political regimes. In the early and middle decades of the twentieth century it was always dictators who embarked on policy and legislation which liberated and empowered women in both family and society. Ataturk started the process in Turkey, followed by Reza Shah in Iran, a model followed less boldly by some Arab leaders in later decades. Flickr/Al Jazeera English. Demotix/Luke Somers. Demotix/Sabrina Belkhouja. Women of The Revolution. How Are Teenage Girls Supposed to Identify as Feminists With These Role Models? Feminism, Pop-Culture | Posted by Julie Z on 04/30/2010 not (necessarily) a teenage feminist She’s staring at me like I’ve just insinuated she embodies the anti-Christ.

How Are Teenage Girls Supposed to Identify as Feminists With These Role Models?

“A feminist? No, I’m not a feminist. Oh my God.” Teenage feminists are a mighty minority. TCPmedia. Do You Know What the Average Woman's Body Really Looks Like? I've blogged before about my struggles with a post-baby body.

Do You Know What the Average Woman's Body Really Looks Like?

Even though that was in February and my son is now 6 months old, I continue to have body image issues. The tradeoff is worth it, but it's still hard for me to accept that my body will probably never again look like it did before I had 2 children. One area that's particularly frustrating is my belly. And judging from comments and questions I see on SparkPeople's Message Boards, I'm not alone. Every day there are lots of people (mostly women) asking how they can flatten their tummies. Two health educators have started a blog called The Belly Project.

For some reason, I'm fascinated with these pictures. Cindy Joseph starts modeling career with gray hair at 48 « Modelmode. At 54 Cindy Joseph is as popular as ever appearing in countless ad campaigns and even her own fitness video.

Cindy Joseph starts modeling career with gray hair at 48 « Modelmode

This mother of 2, 50+ fashion model did not get her start in her teens like many top fashion models, rather, she started her modeling career in her late 40′s by actually being “discovered” by an agent. Yes, at 49 Cindy got discovered when a casting agent approached her about doing a ad campaign for the young, hip and trendy, D&G. Women and Culture. GlobalSister.org Blog. Body Image - Women, Websites and Body Image. The pressure on women to look and behave in certain ways is so deeply ingrained in our psyches that it’s easy to overlook the impact mass culture has on how we feel about ourselves and our bodies.

Body Image - Women, Websites and Body Image

Watching TV, reading magazines and newspapers, surfing the Net, we are bombarded with airbrushed images of perfect beauty and thinness. Inevitably we absorb the relentless message that such beauty is the norm, and is achievable, if only we would … use this makeup, remove that hair, buy the right clothes, reshape that body part. Many of us know that the unspoken promise -- use our product, and you will get the love, the happiness, or the success you want -- is a lie. Many of us have had long, ongoing struggles to accept our bodies as they are and to make our peace with, and possibly even celebrate, food. Still, there are times our insecurities and self-loathing outweigh our feminist sensibilities, and we need reinforcements to remind us that looks don’t make the woman. Beauty and Body Image in the Media. 05/01/2010 - 06/01/2010.

I am somewhat embarassed to admit that I made the mistake of giving up my individuality when I got married the first time.

05/01/2010 - 06/01/2010

My parents had a fairly traditional marriage with Dad working and Mom staying at home to take care of us and the household. I guess I absorbed the values that the woman's place was in the home, and the man's was to dominate and take care of the woman. The Feminist Texican. Is Dove photoshopping its “real beauty” ads? When dove’s real beauty campaign first came out, everyone was beside themselves kissing dove’s ass and talking about how great it was for female body image. ever the pessimist, i’ve always thought the dove campaign was completely full of shit. it’s a marketing ploy to get people to visit the dove website, and the “real beauty” they feature in ads and on their website is same ol,’ same ol.

Is Dove photoshopping its “real beauty” ads?