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Teenagers and appearance: concerns amongst girls, boys, bullies and victims

The latest figures from the Good Childhood Report suggest that 34% of girls and 20% of boys are unhappy with their appearance; the report also suggests that bullying is likely…

The pure erotics of Brazilian Waxing

One of the questions I often get asked when I talk about my research is how much longer I think the trend for full pubic hair removal will last. I’m…

Just a phase? Why we should worry about girls’ unhappiness with their appearanc

The Good Childhood Report 2016 highlighted declining levels of girls’ happiness with their appearance in the UK, while boys’ happiness remains stable. There is now a sizeable gender gap in…

“I know why I have the scars that I do, and the bottom line is that I need them to exist”: Cancer treatment and women’s body image

With October being Breast Cancer Awareness month, we revisit this great post exploring the impact of breast cancer treatment on women’s body image.  The month of October is a time…

Anxious Mothers and Yummy Mummies

I research gender representation in children’s books and its change over time. The huge imbalance of representation in favour of male characters has been discussed extensively but for me personally,…

Traditional media disclaimer labels are ineffective at improving women’s body image; But what about social media disclaimers?

Earlier this year, Norway passed a law requiring that social media influencers who edit their appearance on promotional posts must add a disclaimer label declaring this editing. In this excellent…

“I can’t believe you don’t have a thigh gap”: #everydaylookism and why we should be ashamed to body shame.

Fat shaming is the most prevalent type of body shaming – so common that some argue it’s OK, ‘it’s for your own good’, or suggest that it should make a…

A Rite of Passage – Bringing your Daughter to Dance Class

As I drop my two daughters off at their dance classes, I look around the studio building and see all girls. Today, the overwhelming majority of the student population engaged…

“I think everyone looks better in pictures than in real life”: Posting Selfies and Women’s Body Image

Almost all young adults aged 16 to 24 years in the UK (98%) access the internet on their mobile phones or smartphones (Office of National Statistics (ONS), 2018), and 91%…

Pressures to be perfect!

The 2016 Girls’ Attitudes survey, out this week highlights – again – the importance of body image, body confidence, and generally how much appearance matters for young women in the UK…