Research shows body shaming can lead to depression, steroid abuse and even suicide. More commonly, though, it coincides with punishing gym routines, overly strict dieting, and repetitive anxious thoughts – all of which can add up to have a severe impact on daily functioning.
The Executive Behind *That* Gillette Ad Says Brands Have a Responsibility to Challenge Toxic Masculinity
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"This campaign puts the spotlight on great men holding other men to the highest standards and really being role models for the next generation. We believe we can spark dialogue that can really motivate change."
Chinese state-run media condemns the young idols and their colleagues in other popular bands, calling them “sissy pants” and warning that a “sick” and “decadent” culture threatens the nation’s future.
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Most critics of the new advertising campaign were concerned that the combative, macho man advertising was pandering squarely to male insecurities about using beauty products, something that cosmetic companies have been moving away from in recent years.
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Alexandra Shulman, the former editor of British Vogue, called out 50-year-old model Helena Christensen for wearing a black lace bustier paired with high-waisted jeans: “While men can receive sex symbol status until they are in their box, for women it’s more complicated. As a society, we are frightened of sexuality that doesn’t come accompanied by fertility… When women’s bodies no longer serve any child-bearing purpose, we find flaunting them disturbing and slightly tragic. I don’t claim that this is fair. But it’s true.”
The plant-based protein company wants to change the way we eat, which means it needs to ensure that its products appeal to all kinds of people—including men. That’s a tall order, given that meat-eating has long been associated with masculinity.
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The award’s judging panel chose six finalists from the longlist of 13 books. All but one of the shortlisted books were written by, and all six books were translated by, women. The winner will be announced in six weeks.
Today, the clothes we wear remain a symbol of the struggles women face, only now the women making them tend to be almost entirely in poorer countries. On March 8, International Women’s Day, it’s worth pausing for a moment to consider those women.
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A spokesperson for Decathlon told the Independent that staff in its stores had “been insulted and threatened, sometimes physically,” and that on Tuesday morning (Feb. 26) its customer-service team got more than 500 calls and emails.
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While teen girls spend 29 minutes a day preparing and cleaning up after meals, boys spend just 12. Girls also spend 21 minutes a day running errands including grocery shopping, compared to just 11 for boys. We’ve got to get those boys in the kitchen—both for their own sake, and for the sake of their future families.
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Fantasy as a genre frequently confronts difficult topics, grappling with subjects like identity, class, and race in a way that lingers long after the book is closed. In the past several years, authors have done this by drawing on the ancient subjects of storytelling. They’ve gracefully reworked myths, fairy tales, and folklore—stories that have always been rooted in events of the real world—to resonate with the contemporary world.