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Blog Post Blizzard

I have too many interesting articles to share with you and so little time.  So, in honor of the snowcalypse in the Midwest, here’s a blizzard of fabulous things to read.  Choose your poison:


Why Keeping Little Girls Squeaky Clean Could Make Them Sick – NPR

WESTLAND, MI – JULY 6: Hannah Rose Akerley, age 7, of Grosse Point Park, Michigan, gets some relief from the heat by playing in a gigantic lake of mud at the annual Mud Day event July 6, 2010 in Westland, Michigan. The lake was created by mixing 20,000 gallons of water with 200 tons of topsoil. The event, which is sponsored by the Wayne County Parks Department, draws about 1,000 children each year. (Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)


Middle Eastern and North African Protests Shatter Myths About Muslim Women – Ms. Magazine

Young people are coming out in full force to fight for democracy, and women are at the forefront of these protests, breaking a huge stereotype that Muslim women passive, voiceless or apathetic.





Beauty and the Double Standard of Aging – Sociological Images

Today I had the pleasure of reading a 1978 essay by Susan Sontag titled The Double Standard of Aging. I was struck by how plainly and convincingly she described the role of attractiveness in men’s and women’s lives: “For women, only one standard of female beauty is sanctioned: the girl. ”


Brisenia Flores, Another Nine-Year-Old Girl, Was Shot and Killed in Arizona – Village Voice

Brisenia Flores, 9, was killed on May 30, 2009, when a group led by anti-immigration fighter Shawna Forde raided the girl’s family home in the border town of Arivaca, Arizona. Allegedly, the attack was organized in the name of the Minutemen, a crew of vigilante border patrols, who hoped to steal money and drugs to fund their revolution against immigration. The Flores household was attacked mistakenly, for they had no drugs or money, but according to reports, Forde and her cronies commenced to shoot Brisenia’s father in the head, killing him, before wounding her mother and eventually, shooting Brisenia in cold blood…




The Black Power Mixtape – Democracy Now

We broadcast from Park City, Utah, home of the Sundance Film Festival, the nation’s largest festival for independent cinema. One of this year’s selections that is creating a lot of buzz is a documentary called The Black Power Mixtape. The film features rare archival footage shot between 1967 and 1975 by two Swedish journalists and was discovered in the basement of Swedish public television 30 years later. We speak with renowned actor and activist Danny Glover, who co-produced The Black Power Mixtape.


Oscar nominations an all-white affair – The Gazette

It’s a wonder that the security guards at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences didn’t stop Mo’Nique and make her show ID when she arrived to help announce the Oscar nominations early Tuesday at the organization’s Beverly Hills headquarters. After all, she was the only person of colour involved with the extravaganza, since the 83rd annual Oscar nominations have the dubious distinction of being an all-white affair…



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The Changing Face of Beauty

What does it mean to be beautiful?  White?  Skinny?  Practically hairless?

These standards are silly.  Let’s appreciate the diversity of beauty and liberate ourselves from these pressures of perfection.


WireImage-Getty Images A curvy Marilyn Monroe may have once defined Western beauty, but today it's a combination of Botox, implants, diet and hair extensions--at least if you look to Hollywood. Reared on reality TV and celebrity makeovers, 43 percent of American 6- to 9-year-olds are already using lipstick or lip gloss; 38 percent use hairstyling products; and 12 percent use other cosmetics.



Murillo Medina / Latin Content-Getty Images (left): Rodrigo Coca / Latin Content-Getty Images Brazil--known for some of the most beautiful people in the world--used to revere its women for their "guitar shape," a sign of health and wealth. But in the face of an influx of Western media, Brazilian women have begun trying to reduce their hips and backsides to match the svelte and often unhealthy Western ideal. Historian Mary del Priore told The New York Times, "By 'upgrading' to international standards of beauty," Brazilians are giving up on the belief that "plumpness is a sign of beauty."



Joern Pollex / FIFA-Getty Images In parts of western Africa still beholden to traditional beauty ideals, women are considered most attractive when they're overweight and sporting stretch marks. In Mauritania, many parents send their daughters, who are often married at a young age, to camps where they are fed up to 16,000 calories a day.



Khin Maung Win / AFP-Getty Images Known as "long necks" or, more crudely, "giraffe women," the Kayan women, a Tibeto-Burman ethnic minority of Burma, wrap brass coils around their necks when young and add more as they age: the women’s shoulders are weighed down by the weight of the rings giving the illusion that their necks are growing--a centuries-old ritual that, in the wake of conflict in Burma, which forced many Kayans to flee to neighboring Thailand, has become one of Thailand's biggest, and most controversial, tourist attractions.


See more images from “Beauty Ideals from Around the World” at Newsweek here.

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