Miss Representation Roundtable Discussion Topic #1: Extending the Message

Recently the P-Mag crew did a big group watch of Jennifer Siebel Newsom’s Miss Representation. According to the official website, Miss Representation “exposes how mainstream media contribute to the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America [and] challenges the media’s limited and often disparaging portrayals of women and girls, which make it difficult for women to achieve leadership positions and for the average woman to feel powerful herself.”  But, while many of us enjoyed it, we felt that it left some things unaddressed. So, we held a roundtable discussion about how the documentary was great and could’ve been better. The conversation is ongoing, so please jump in and share your thoughts! This is the first of four conversations we’ll be sharing over the next few weeks.  Read More Miss Representation Roundtable Discussion Topic #1: Extending the Message

Confessions from Within the Beauty Industrial Complex

When I first moved to New York some 15 months ago, I had $800 in my checking account and no job prospects. I did, however, have a cheap apartment in the depths of Brooklyn and the type of wide-eyed idealism that California origins breed. Two weeks in I found a job at a ritzy salon in the upper regions of Fifth Avenue. I was looking for non-profit gender work, but damn, I had to pay for my Brooklyn digs, somehow.
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Dangerous Beauty?

I often ask myself if I’m wrong to talk about beauty as much as I do.

I know that the question of beauty is a contentious one. If beauty is used to make women feel like they don’t measure up, then maybe the whole idea of beauty should be tossed out the window. Read More Dangerous Beauty?

Screw Your Swimsuit Standards

I don’t know if anyone’s noticed, but summer is here! That blazing heat and shining sun can only mean that summer is in progress (unless you’re in Texas, where such whether can occur from March to December). And for the womenfolk, summer means a barrage of bikini sales advertisements and all their accompanying propaganda! Read More Screw Your Swimsuit Standards

“Healthy” Isn’t The “New Skinny” & It Shouldn’t Be

I recently read Bust Magazine’s article (I use this term lightly, because it seems like a one-sided promotional piece) about Natural Model Management, a new modeling agency whose slogan is “Healthy Is The New Skinny.”
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Deus ex MacIntosh: Our Daughters, Ourselves

Dear Selena: My wonderful, amazing. beautiful teenager told me the other day that she thinks she’s “not pretty.” This is objectively untrue, but like most teenagers, she can’t see through her own insecurities. What, Oh TV Guru, would the great sitcoms of the past do to help a teenager improve their self image?


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Persephone Pioneers: Velvet D’Amour

Velvet D'Amour wearing a please feed the models tee shirt
Velvet D'Amour (used with permission)

(Editor’s note: frank discussion of weight follows.) Velvet D’Amour is a Renaissance woman in the truest sense. Born in Rochester, New York, Velvet went to Paris in her late 20s to pursue dance and photography, and since then she has walked the runways of Paris (at age 39 and weighing around 300 pounds), been sought after by renowned photographers, appeared in French films, music videos and French, Swiss, and Japanese TV, and continued to work as a photographer. Read More Persephone Pioneers: Velvet D’Amour