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Too Hot For White House TV: Michelle Obama's "Biggest" Mistake

When Ragen Chastain learned that Michelle Obama was appearing on The Biggest Loser to promote the show’s contestants as role models, she felt she had to do something. ” I e-mailed my friend Darryl Roberts, filmmaker of America the Beautiful 2: The Thin Commandments. We wrote... Read more »

End of Gender: (Miss) Universal Law

Will trans inclusion in the Miss Universe pageant really hurdle us into a world where all gender identities are welcome? The way this battle is being fought and won reinforces the power of “gender gatekeepers,” the government and medical officials who determine whether our gender identities are... Read more »

Douchebag Decree: Forever 21 Hates Your Knees

Not content to just Photoshop its models to look thinner and younger, megaretailer Forever 21 is now airbrushing out their kneecaps. Kneecaps! Sooo gross right? Read more »

Internet Crush: My Body Gallery

While we might know full well that in real life being 5’4” and weighing 180 pounds doesn’t look the same on one person as it does the next, it can be difficult not to internalize those numbers and let them mean more than they should. That’s where... Read more »

School's Out: Looks Ain't Everything, But it Ain't Wrong to Look

If I could time travel without, like, disrupting the space-time continuum, one of the many things I would tell a younger me would be that: It’s not the interest in appearance that’s wrong, it’s how you do it. Fascination with the visual is something as broad as the history of... Read more »

Stop Telling Angelina Jolie to Eat a Cheeseburger

Look, I get that Angelina Jolie is thin, and that she also burns the brightest of all of our Bright Hollywood Stars and is therefore subject to more scrutiny than your average woman. However, body snarking of the “eat a sammich, skinny” variety is hardly different from body snarking of the “stop... Read more »

Douchebag Decree: Sarah "Human Barbie" Burge, Mother and Plastic Surgery Voucher-Giver

What do you get the seven-year-old girl who has everything? Well, if you’re Sarah Burge, self-proclaimed “Human Barbie,” and the girl in question is your... Read more »

Douchebag Decree: H&M's "Totally Virtual" Models

H&M is taking fashion douchebaggery to the next level this week by using computer-generated models in its holiday lingerie campaign. As if the photo shopping, airbrushing,... Read more »

B-Sides: Hunter Rapper

Marlaina Buch, aka Hunter Rapper, is high-kicking her claim to both the male-centric... Read more »

In the Frame: Woman Offers Her Body as Men

23-year-old Shauna Taylor is proud to own an original piece by Damien Hirst. If you want to have a look, she’s showing it within the pages of Garage magazine—a new publication edited by Dasha Zhukova, who runs a gallery in Moscow and used to edit Pop, the biannual fashion... Read more »

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