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Entries in self-esteem (7)

Tuesday
Feb112014

Sheryl Sandberg & Getty Reboot Stock Photos Portrayal Of Women

The Cut assembled this collection of stock photos as a typical portrayal of women in business.

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Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg and her LeanIn.org and Getty Images, a large supplier of stock images for business and marketing and publicity materials announced on Monday a new collection of images that represents women and families in more empowering ways. Sandberg is a big advocate for women in leadership roles. The new collection — one that shows men being warm fathers — has 2502 images to date.

The initiative is relevant: The three most-searched terms in Getty’s image database are “women,” “business” and “family.”

“One of the quickest ways to make people think differently about something is to change the visuals around it,” said Cindy Gallop in The New York Times, who started the United States branch of Bartle Bogle Hegarty, the advertising agency. “The thing about these images is they work on an unconscious level to reinforce what people think people should be like.”

The issue of how media covers women in leadership roles has once again intensified with the publication of Sheryl Sandberg’s book ‘LeanIn’ and her foundation, now set to receive 10 percent of revenues from the new project.

TIME magazine’s recent Hillary cover visualizes Clinton as a female giant squashing her male competition.

“At Facebook, I think about the role marketing plays in all this, because marketing is both reflective of our stereotypes and reinforces stereotypes,” Ms. Sandberg said. “Do we partner into sexism or do we partner against sexism?”

In their article Feminism, According to Stock Photography, The Cut scourced the composite above from the search term ‘empowered female’.

In addition to the new collection of stock photos, Getty is also offering two new photography grants. The first, worth $10,000, is for editorial work that “reflects positive images of women and girls in their communities,” and the second, worth $20,000, is for a commercial or creative campaign focused on issues related to Lean In’s mission, according to Mashable.

Hillary As Ruthless Predator

President Clinton and Hillary Rodham Clinton at a 1999 appearance. Image Susan Walsh/Associated Press

Writing for the LA Times, Cathleen Decker takes up the topic of how Hillary Clinton is portrayed not only by the media, but by her opponents.

This subject is front and center again after publication of a piece on the Washington Free Beacon, a conservative website citing papers archived at the University of Arkansas after the death of a close Clinton friend Diane Blair.

The papers expose Hillary Clinton’s frustration with the obsessive examination of her ‘ruthlessness’.  The Blair papers reflected one memo about the 1992 presidential contest and the effort campaign aides placed on humanizing Hillary.

“What voters find slick in Bill Clinton, they find ruthless in Hillary,” the memo said. From her perspective, Clinton said “I gave up my name, got contact lenses, but I’m not going to try to be somebody that I’m not,” according to a Blair memo.

Hillary’s comment that Monica Lewinsky was a “narcissistic loony toon” also came to light in the same week that Rand Paul called Bill Clinton a sexual predator, with an inference that his lack of discretion is relevant to any Hillary Clinton campaign.

Monday
Nov042013

A Formerly Fat Karl Lagerfeld Again Lashes Out At Curvy Women With The Kaiser's Cruel Misogyny

How Body Image Affects Women’s Health For Real AOC Body

Karl Lagerfeld’s infamous mouth is again on the attack against ‘rounded’ women. The Chanel cr4ative director, 80, who was pretty darn round himself just 10 years ago is accused of defamation by the women’s pressure group Belle, Ronde, Sexy et je m’assume (Beautiful, Rounded, Sexy and fine with it).

The suit relates to Lagerfeld’s comments on Le Grand 8 French television channel D8 on October 4. The Kaiser said: “The hole in social security, it’s also (due to) all the diseases caught by people who are too fat.” Lagerfeld then restated his view about larger models, saying “no one wants to see curvy women on the runway”.

Lagerfeld’s comments were also made in his book ‘The World According To Karl’, where he writes that “it’s the fat women sitting in front of televisions with their pack of crisps who say slim models are hideous”.

“We’re fed up,” Betty Aubriere, the group’s president, told AFP. “Many young girls are insecure and hearing such comments is terrible for them,” particularly from famous people. “Today it’s him who insults us and tomorrow who will it be?”

Note that Aubriere’s group is not seeking financial damages but rather public dialogue with Lagerfeld.

AOC has a long history of writing about weight, body image, the fashion industry and women’s health. As the former fashion director of Victoria’s Secret, Anne has lived through the downsizing of the 90s supermodels like Linda Evangelista, Christy Turlington, Cindy Crawford, Naomi Campbell, and other star power girls. Anne’s perspective is grounded in the inquiry of why sexy 90s models, who averaged sizes 4-6, were downsized to a size 0. No one in the fashion industry has ever offered an answer, except to speculate that these models were too popular and powerful.

Our focus at AOC is helping women to achieve self-respect as strong women, whatever our size. Extensive research shows that constant commentary like Lagerfeld’s fuels a cultural obsession with women being thinner than ever. There are many reasons why America, in particular, has an obesity epidemic. Indeed, portion size, empty calories, lack of exercise and too many sugar carbs are key reasons. But self-loathing and guilt are also key drivers of weight gain in America’s bullying, shaming society.

I’m diving into all the latest medical research — over 100 articles — on body image, self-esteem and women’s health to share the latest information on this complex topic with AOC readers. Comments like Lagerfeld’s DO have very negative consequences on women who can’t turn him off in their minds.

If Lagerfeld believes his shaming comments are designed to promote better diet and exercise among women, he is dead wrong. As for his obsession with drinking 10 cans of Diet Coke every day, extensive research condemns diet sodas, saying they actually promote weight gain. For medically-established science, and not the terrorizing commentary of Karl Lagerfeld about body image and women’s health, dive into my first new article: How Body Image Affects Women’s Health For Real AOC Body. ~ Feanne

Monday
Jan022012

Joseph Stieglitz On Fixing America | 5 Sensible Small Rules for the New Year | Beauty & Self Worth As God's Love 

Daily French Roast

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Illustration by Stephen Doyle.Saying that ‘yes’ we must fix a broken financial system, but … economist Joseph E Stiglitz re-examines the causes of the Great Depression, citing the revolution in agriculture that three millions out of work, and not a greedy financial system gone rogue as the primary cause of extreme hardship and suffering for millions of Americans. Today, the US faces a similar transition, with manufacturing jobs lost to increased productivity and technological innovation, and service-sector jobs replacing them.

In a cogent analysis and argument that should be read by all of us — those who agree with managed industrial policy and those who don’t — Stiglitz argues that without mobilizing for global war, the only path out of this economic decline in America is investment in infrastructure.

This path is exactly what Republicans refuse to embrace, arguing more vociferously for control of science curriculums to ban teaching evolution than for investments in quality schools and teachers. As America’s infrastructure crumbles — and it has dramtically in the last two decades compared to other countries in the world — it’s unclear how private companies will own our schools and roads, or repair our falling bridges.

Wall Street demands immediate returns on investments, faster and greater than in the last great wave of American economic prosperity, another consideration not discussed in ‘The Book of Jobs’. It remains unclear that the demands of Wall Street today will even permit investments in new technologies and research that can take a decade to incubate.

Major issues and questions for America’s future are rasied in this excellent article, one that moves beyond the endless, overly-simplistic platitudes and promises coming out of Iowa and into a substantative, strategic  discussion about the lifeline of America’s future. Read on at Vanity Fair.

See also by Stiglitz for Vanity Fair: Of the 1%, by the 1% for the 1%.

Professional Women and a Secure Retirement

Nevertheless, it’s underappreciated how much better one large cohort of aging boomers should do financially during the traditional retirement years: The college-educated stalwarts of the feminist movement. A generation of well-educated career women is nearing retirement for the first time. It’s the group that marked the revolutionary shift from earning money because they and their families needed it to embracing working because it defined “one’s fundamental identity and societal worth,” said Claudia Goldin…  They’re poised to flourish in their elder years, at least compared with most everyone else. Read on at Bloomberg | BusinessWeek

More DFR

Spin the Resolutions

The No-Resolution Resolution: How to Really Be Happy in 2012

Writing for GOOD, Gracy Obuchowicz shares her blueprint for getting things together:

1. Put the cart before the horse. Why not just decide to feel better, obsessing less about what isn’t right and moving forward.

2. Dream big and challenge yourself. Create a stretching but realistic blueprint for your life. Chop your life into phases and get moving with attainable goals to advance your plan.

3. Act small. Create ‘micromovements’, a concept developed by the inspirational author and dreaming advocate SARK. Every project is comprised of dozens of small steps.

4. Practice. Identify what you enjoy — yoga, biking, baking, writing — and DO IT several times a week. Creativity emerges within stability and the steady rhythm of pracice (Note, Anne swears by this one.)

5. Take refuge in yourself. In another item that Anne agrees with, Gracy suggests leaning from ‘The Artist’s Way’ — on her bookshelf. Writing about what’s going on in your own mind for 30 minutes a day isn’t narcissism and self-absorption. It’s personal power.

iTV Coming Soon?

Published in Adweek:

Taiwanese technology publication DigiTimes published two stories this week claiming that Apple is telling hardware suppliers to start preparing for production. While DigiTimes’ sources seem to differ on which companies will be responsible for which components, they agree that Apple plans to launch its own TV sets by the end of next year. One source says the initial product line will focus on 32- and 37-inch screens.

In Walter Isaacson’s biography of Steve Jobs, the Apple founder is quoted as saying he’s “finally cracked” the TV problem. Presumably that will include content as well. New York Times writer Nick Bilton says “It’s not a matter of if, it’s a matter of when.”

An Environmentalist Is Buried

Patrick Ytsma, lived mindfully, not wanting to harm the environment. Killed suddenly in a car crash at 53, he was laid to rest in the same manner in Bethlehem, Pa— “without harsh chemicals, without concrete, without a polyester-lined casket.”  Read on at LA Times

Anne of Carversville

Beauty, Goodness & Self Worth As Female Expressions Of God’s Love | 2Ps in a Pod by Anne AOC Body

It’s easy for you and I to tell women to find their own inner beauty and to believe that God loves us and our corporeal nature, that we have beautiful soft skin and smiles for a reason. The reality is that the messages condemning female physicality and beauty come not only in the form of commercialism and parental child abuse or bullying at school. Those messages come from many of our religious institutions.

Ultra-Orthodox Jewish demonstrators in Jerusalem were denounced by Israeli leaders on Sunday after wearing yellow stars and alluding to other images from the Nazi era. Jim Hollander/European Pressphoto Agency

All Women Are Prostitutes

How will this little girl in Israel ever look at herself in the mirror and see her own beauty, able to regard her body as God’s temple?”

Via New York Times, we read a terrible story:

One Israeli television program recently reported how an 8-year-old girl, the daughter of American immigrants who are observant modern Orthodox Jews, had become terrified of walking to school in the city of Beit Shemesh after ultra-Orthodox men spit on her, insulted her and called her a prostitute because her modest dress did not conform exactly to their more rigorous dress code.

AOC Private Studio

Lara Stone & Fred Ward | Peter Lindbergh | Vogue China January 2012

Kasia Struss | Danko Steiner | Vogue China January 2012 | Fifties Addiction

Chloe Lecareux | Richard Bernardin | Grazia France January 2012 | House Wife Paradise

2012 Wishes @ Morfium Couture, Dusan Jaukovic & Jelena Malesevic

Emma Maclaren | Tony Kim | Sure Korea December 2011 | ‘The Shadow in Red’

Maryna Linchuk | Vincent Peters | Vogue Espana January 2012 | ‘Sempre Grace’