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Have a better relationship with your body

[This piece was originally published in Healthy magazine] We’re encouraged to think of ‘looking good’ as a moral imperative – if you don’t have a great body then there’s a sense…

Ugly Selfies, Irony and Instagram

Selfies have often been associated with the ongoing influence of beauty ideals as an aspirational imperative (MacCallum and Widdows, 2016) but simultaneously have been criticised as forms of narcissism (Burns…

Body Negativity: What’s wrong with Body Positivity?

Body positive campaigns have their hearts in the right place. Their messages are good and – you guessed it – positive: Be resilient. Be confident. Love your body. You are…

Rebel with a Cause

And would you call that beautiful which wants and does not possess beauty?1 Summer is in full bloom. Our screens are filled with Love Island and the World Cup. Tanned, toned…

(De)Constructing Body Positivity on Twitter – By Emilie Lawrence

Our Beauty Demands blog is 5 years old this year! We have had many brilliant posts over those years, so we’re going to revisit some of these, starting with the…

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

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…

Can beauty concerns promote positive body image?

In light of research (e.g. Williams et al., 2013) indicating that beauty concerns can be utilised to reduce unhealthy behaviours such as tanning, smoking and more recently, alcohol consumption, a…

What exactly IS Body Positivity?

With reports suggesting body image concerns have increased over lockdown, we republish this 2017 post from Nadia Craddock on body appreciation (and how to improve yours).  We need to clear…

#no excuses – Investigating acts of beauty

This post discusses beauty as an ethical ideal as defined by Heather Widdows in her book Perfect Me: Beauty As An Ethical Ideal, particularly focusing on the actions required to…