Tag Archives: beauty

March 01

Activism Barbie

    Firstly I would like to thank Dr Paula Singleton of Leeds Beckett University, whom you can contact on twitter here. Paula very kindly shared her resources and ideas with me, and you can read about some of her Activism Barbie workshops on her blog. I would also like to thank Dr Kay Standing, Reader in […]

May 05

Pretty Hurts

So yeah, this post is inspired by the Beyoncé track of the same name which is the 2014 version of 90’s anthems Unpretty by TLC, & Dear Lie by TLC. It is also inspired by Naomi Wolf’s The Beauty Myth: How Images of Beauty Are Used Against Women. For those insisting Beyoncé can’t be a […]

August 20

Designing the Doll: bikini, figure and body-building

The real living dolls. Not so long ago, female bodybuilding and competing was the preserve of a minority. Then the Bikini category was added, and aided by the explosion of Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, blogs.. previous elitist language such as ‘eating clean’, ‘carb depletion’ have become social media favourites. It seems every other bikini-clad twenty-something […]

August 05

Guest blogger: Young Beautiful and Fertile: the Disney Ideal

Young, beautiful and fertile: the Disney ideal by Guest blogger Laura Clancy Laura Clancy is about to start an MA in Gender & Women’s Studies & Sociology at Lancaster University. She has interests in celebrity, femininity, masculinity, social class and culture. She tweets at @Laura__Clancy, and blogs over at http://cynicalscribbles.wordpress.com. Although Disney likes to claim […]

Literary Dolls: The Female Textual Body from the 19th Century to Now

Originally posted on READ Research in English at Durham:
This one-day conference held on International Women’s Day 2014 assesses the ways in which women’s physical form has been depicted in artworks from the nineteenth century to the present day. “Lucky I have nice hands if nothing else,” says Ella at last, very dry. He comes to her,…