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Britney Spears volunteers before&after; pictures to be shown to schools to help students overcome body image issues.

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Khloe Kardashian | 20 Celebrities Who Totally Owned Their Body Image Trolls

Seeing the model on the left's emaciated form next to the curves and softness of the model to the right, I pause to wonder: WHO decided that lovely, normal, beautiful girls aren't sexy? Who DECIDED that boys and men should pant for the incredibly small percentage of women whose bodies are like the model on the left? Whoever they were, I call "Bullshit!" Were they trying to make us weaker? Women were demanding rights, so someone decided to influence society - "Let's make them weak, body-obsessed, hungry, and decimate their natural self esteem!" I can't think of any other reason anyone would want to have the model on the left's body.

Sometimes things just happen…

Accepting advertising like this perpetuates the objectification of women's bodies. - 'WHO Speaks Campaign' (click to see the Facebook page)

Reality check: You are not fat, you are normal... photoshop has our minds so distorted about what human bodies should look like. These pictures are amazing proof (60 photoshopped pics on link)

This kind of thinking, though, is at least partly why we don't see "curvy" mannequins in stores -- because we don't want people to get the idea that being anything other than slender in a very specific, culturally sanctioned way is an acceptable way to conduct one's body. "Curvy" mannequins might give everyday women the impression that there might NOT be anything wrong with their bodies, and we certainly can't have that. Gotta love her sarcasm. Go Sweden!

So true . . . and sad!

The Conversation about women’s bodies exists largely outside of us, while it is also directed at (and marketed to) us, and used to define and control us. The Conversation about women happens everywhere, publicly and privately. We are described and detailed, our faces and bodies analyzed and picked apart, our worth ascertained and ascribed based on the reduction of personhood to simple physical objectification. Our voices, our personhood, our potential, and our accomplishments are regularly minim