Tuesday, May 31, 2011

She looks tortured

Here is an extract from one of our recent interviews, in which the interviewee talks about her concerns for an anorexic family member.

"She’s anorexic and she lives on her nerves. She is shaking all the time ... terrible confidence. We all know when she is not well, because she will have black coffee and wear black. And she is always covered in bruises …. poor girl.

She drinks a lot. When we are having a party she drinks and drinks;  then the truth comes out and she'll  accept that she has a problem, but by the following day she’s forgotten.

Her husband  is very overweight.   She lives out her food fantasy through him. He eats because he doesn't want to upset her, but it's not good for his health.

It’s a sad thing to see someone so tortured. That’s it .... she really does look tortured at times. Some days she looks good, but most of the time she looks tortured".

An in-depth article, in which the interviewee discusses her own body image struggles will follow.


Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Born female, poor and black


Oprah Winfrey was born female, poor and black in 1954.  At that time,  she was perceived by society to be the wrong sex, the wrong colour and from the wrong background to achieve anything noteworthy. 

Yet, despite the seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Oprah has overcome them all to become "the highest-rated program of its kind in history. She has been ranked the richest African American of the 20th century, the greatest black philanthropist in American history, and was once the world's only black billionaire. Oprah is also, according to some assessments, the most influential woman in the world". Details

Oprah announced the end of her 25 year old show, with the words, "this show has been my life and I love it enough to know when to say goodbye.

If Oprah she can excel from such humble beginnings, then there is no reason why you and I can't achieve our dreams too.


Monday, May 23, 2011

£6.2 million payout

Today, a successful businesswoman won a £6.2 million payout after a cosmetic surgeon decided to "play God" with her face.

Penny Johnson, 49, was left permanently disfigured with a droopy eye after a botched facelift meant she could no longer work and led to her financial and IT consultancy going bust.

In his ruling, the judge said that Mrs Johnson was formerly a confident, happy and outstandingly successful woman with a full and rewarding family and social life. But the negligent surgery had had serious consequences - both physical and psychological - and resulted in a prolonged adjustment disorder with features of anxiety and depression".

Read more: Dailymail


Thursday, May 19, 2011

Black women less attractive?

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The London School of Economics  (LSE) is investigating a blog post by psychologist Dr Satoshi Kanazawa's, one of its lecturers. The Psychology Today article "why black women are less physically attractive", ignited outrage this week.  In the article Dr Kanazawa outlined the findings of a University of North Carolina survey, in which interviewers rated the "physical attractiveness" of selected subjects.

Following much criticism, Psychology Today removed the article that generated so much internet traffic that it almost brought down their site. While the internet notably Facebook and Twitter heatedly conversed on the issue;  demands for Dr Kanazawa's dismissal mounted.  Washing their hands of the affair, LSE said his views were his own and  "do not in any way represent those of LSE as an institution".

Although the posting was removed, cached versions show that Dr Kanazawa wrote: "Black women are … far less attractive than white, Asian, and Native American women".

No details were provided on the interviewers backgrounds (social/political/ethnic) nor the criteria used to determine a persons "physical attractiveness".

Psychology Today told the US radio station NPR that its bloggers were "credentialed social scientists and for this reason they are invited to post to the site on topics of their choosing". Adding  "We in turn reserve the right to remove posts for any number of reasons. Because the post was not commissioned or solicited by PT, there was no editorial intent to address questions of race and physical attractiveness."

The articles critics included Dr Mikhail Lyubansky, (Department of Psychology at the University of Illinois) who said the posting failed to consider possible "anti-black bias" in the perceptions of the respondents and interviewers. "Without this kind of methodological analysis", he wrote, Kanazawa's entire premise  that there is such a thing as a single objective standard of attractiveness is fatally and tragically flawed," .

Sherelle Davids, anti-racism officer-elect of the LSE students' union, said: "Kanazawa deliberately manipulates findings that justify racist ideology. As a black woman I feel his conclusions are a direct attack on black women everywhere who are not included in social ideas of beauty."

Dr Kanazawa's was not available for comment.

My thoughts? Beauty is subjective; it is strongly influenced by experience and culture.  Dr Kanazawa's article makes his viewpoint crystal clear.  Sadly his stance may be embraced by individuals with a similar bias.

"If black women take this on as a reasonable argument or assumption, we would be taking on other people's baggage," said Helen Miller (a black woman). "That is his problem", she continued. "We should not make it ours. We should not dispute it. We should not condone it. We should not embrace it as a reasonable conversation, because it isn't."


Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Botox for an 8 year old

Would you give your 8 year old botox and wax treatments?  


After appearing on "Good Morning America" (GMA), Kerry Cambell (mother) now finds herself daughter-less, at least temporarily. Britney, an aspiring beauty queen, has been removed from her care.


Friday, May 13, 2011

Gok Wan's campaign relaunch

This week we saw Gok Wan teaching body image classes outside the House of Commons. The purpose; to relauch this campaign to get body image classes on curriculums in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland.

"I'm not saying that kids will turn round and stop having eating disorders", said Gok. But just by opening up a dialogue and getting them to talk about it is as important as talking about maths or talking about science or talking about English".

We are firmly behind the campaign. It is fully in line with mybodybeautiful's ethics, which we have been promoting online for over 7 years. 

NB. The workshop program has ended.


Wednesday, May 11, 2011

I'm the shortest

As a business women, I have always made sure that my gender was never used to gain favour or as an excuse.  Legally and morally, a person's age, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation or religion have no place in the workplace and are thus irrelevant.

I was thus both surprised and amused when accountant  Edward Hunter (last nights 'The Apprentice') attempted to justify his poor performance with the words, "not only am I the youngest, I'm the shortest."

Was Edward inferring that he should be given special treatment, because short people are somehow disadvantaged?  If so, he was definitely addressing the wrong man. Successful millionaire Alan Sugar is only 5ft 6".   


Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Fish Pedicures

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While shopping with my daughter recently; I was somewhat surprised to see a Fish Pedicure unit (latest health & beauty craze) inside the small shopping centre. I knew fish pedicures were becoming increasingly popular, but I was still surprised to see it being offered in a relatively small town.

My nine year old daughter didn’t like the thought of numerous tiny toothless Garra Rufa feasting on the dead skin of her feet. I had similar misgivings.

Interest piqued, I decided to look into it a little bit further.

There is an enzyme in the fish’s salvia that breaks down dead skin, which is removed by the fish leaving a smooth finish.

Following infection fears, that have lead to several US states banning the pedicure; the Health Protection Agency will be publishing best practice guidelines concerning the risk and spread of infection.

My local Business Compliance Manager for Regulatory Services stated,  "from the research we have carried out the procedure is safe and presents very few risks to the client so long as sensible precautions are taken…We have so far received no enquiries or complaints about fish pedicures, but if a member of the public were to raise concerns, we would investigate in the same way as we would any other business.”

Will fish pedicures become the latest 'must have' or will it fade into oblivion like so many healthy & beauty fads before it?    Watch this space.


Friday, May 06, 2011

Hilary Freeman's nose

The Daily Mail's article by Hilary Freeman, detailing how she came to terms with her nose, makes interesting reading.

"I must have been about the age of seven when I became aware I didn’t — and never would — possess a sweet, little upturned nose like the girls in adverts, or those belonging to dolls. But it was only when, soon after this revelation, I was out on my bike one day and some other children shouted the words ‘Oi! Concorde!’ in my direction (it was the Seventies) that I learned that having a big nose could be perceived as something ugly......

And then I began to realise that, in fairy tales and films, beautiful princesses had barely-there noses, while people with big schnozzles were almost always playing the wicked and nasty characters.....

By my mid-20s, when I had the means to pay for surgery or to get a loan for it, ‘fixing’ it no longer seemed such a priority.  My nose’s importance had receded, if not, unfortunately, from my face, then from my life....

I don’t love it, but I accept it. Which is good, because I certainly can’t forget about it. That’s the thing about having a big nose: whichever way you look, you can always see it out of the corner of your eye".

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Tuesday, May 03, 2011

The proliferation of Porn

The proliferation of pornography in our society is undeniable.

Feministís views on the prevalence of porno roughly falls into two camps. There are those that believe that it empowers women by putting them in charge of their bodies and sexuality, while the other half believes that it exploits women and reduces them to Ďmeatí in the eyes of men.

Whatever your viewpoint it is clear that the proliferation of free easy access porn will affect society.

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