Health, Reproductive Rights & Sexuality
Unattainable and idealized images of women’s and girls’ bodies are visible in every aspect of advertising and mass communication. Women and girls are bombarded constantly with messages that treat them as objects of sexual fantasy and exploitation or that demean them. Popular culture promotes unrealistic standards of beauty and makes women – particularly young women – susceptible to distorted body images, low self-esteem and psychological and eating disorders. The multi-billion dollar cosmetic surgery industry poses increased health risks for women, including life-long disfigurement. Researchers in our network are documenting negative messaging while encouraging a healthy representation of female beauty in which intellect, creativity and character trump thinness and physical perfection.
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Reports & Publications
Your Lack Of Mascara Is A Sign Of Your Utter Incompetence (re: Cosmetics as a Feature of the Extended Human Phenotype: Modulation of the Perception of Biologically Important Facial Signals)October 5, 2011
Survey: Women think about food more than SEX, as a quarter believe diets are more important than their relationshipsOctober 3, 2011
September 26, 2011
September 20, 2011