In which a not very at all serious conversation about, race, beauty standards and Viola Davis is had.
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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!
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.”
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? Signed, Frustrated […]
(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 […]
Are you ready, Persephone readers? It’s once again time to play “I can’t believe I watch this show. Me, an actual adult!” I have a cocktail, the overwhelming encouragement of my husband (“I don’t care what you do”), and I’m ready to recap America’s Next Top Model — a show so acute and complex, it […]
I am kind of disappointed in the coverage of Galliano’s last collection for Dior. Mostly because it seems to be a big missed opportunity in terms of discussing fashion and more importantly, the beauty standards imposed by the fashion industry.
Hey Persephone readers, I’m new here, so let me introduce myself. I am rosasparks. I am, among many other things a political worker bee, a frazzled, feminist mom, a lover AND a fighter. I spend a lot time at odds with the world around me and in serious thought about most of it. Recently, I […]
With all the pity (and scorn) that I feel toward female celebrities as I see them struggle with conforming to the oppressive beauty standards of their industry, I sometimes forget what the men have to deal with. More so than women, male actors frequently have to deal with invasive questions and speculation about their sexuality. […]
My brushes with celebrity are limited to the time I think I served John Mellencamp coffee when I worked the overnight at Denny’s and some of the cast of Battlestar Galactica (the new one) at a con. This was my first celebrity interview, and I’m pretty sure even if my next interview is James McAvoy […]