So, I just saw comedian Annie Lederman’s body image drawing. It’s been circulating the internet this morning. People are loving it, but I think it’s counterproductive. More
Stop calling Amanda Bynes crazy, stop calling her crazy on twitter, stop calling her crazy on the radio, stop calling her crazy on TV, stop pretending to pity her, stop pretending to be worried, stop pretending you know enough about her or the DSM to make such wild assumptions about her More
The Disney princess of positive body image has only grown more inspiring since the villainous Simon Cowell publicly told her to drop a bunch of weight. More
Social media (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and all those other crazy-addictive sites) is an increasingly prevalent aspect of modern life. More and more, it’s criticized for making us “lonely” and less connected to the real, physical world around us. At their worst, online communities can encourage bullying and even eating disorders, but in some corners of the internet, social media is embraced as part of a healthy lifestyle, helping people thrive. Feminista Jones, an avid social media user and sex-positive feminist blogger, started her own health and fitness challenge called the #SexyShred. Her goal was to create a supportive, inclusive community for people looking to live healthier lifestyles using social media. Inspired by the community she’s created, I asked Feminista Jones a few questions about the #SexyShred, its creation, and how social media can spur us all to lead healthier lives and make healthier choices. More
Happy Election Day! And happy no more political ads, right? Hopefully you’re celebrating something else today too: Your privilege to vote. Women are flocking to the Twittersphere to not only say that they exercised their right, but to confess why. Here are some of the top Tweets on exactly why women voted: More
An article in this week’s New York Times explored the latest celebrity trend (that we covered months ago): going makeup-less. Apparently female stars have been “rushing” to post makeup-free pictures of themselves on their social media accounts. Rihanna, Snooki, and new mom Alyssa Milano are just a few of the celebrities jumping on this trend, which the newspaper seems to think is a PR stunt. I don’t agree. More
Veronica Mars star, Gossip Girl voice, and lover of sloths Kristen Bell has added new credentials to her resume: digital motivator. Bell, who Tweets at @IMKristenBell initiated a 30-day workout challenge for herself and her nearly 650,000 followers in May–and has even recruited celebs like new mom (and wise lady) Jenna Fischer and trainer Michelle Lovitt. They call themselves the #30DayHomies, and they are awesome. More
I think the only appropriate response to this failed McDonald’s twitter campaign is: Bwahahaha. The fast food company began using the hashtag #McDstories as part of social media efforts to draw attention to the farm-fresh roots of Egg McMuffins. But twitter users quickly began using the tag to share McDonald’s horror stories. The Daily Mail and Business Insider wrote about the fiasco this morning, and now every PR person/social media hack in the world is twittering about the campaign (moratorium on #McFail, please?). But I sifted through all the #McDstories meta-analysis and ‘LOL funny!’ retweets to find some of the best actual horror stories, criticisms and witticisms. More
This spring, Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill‘s Twitter followers got a peak into the politician’s personal life, when she announced that she was tired of “looking and feeling fat” and that she was going to start being more public about her attempts at weight loss and desire to get healthy as she approached her late 50s. This month, crediting the support of her husband (and treadmill), she let her followers know that she’d reached her goal of losing 50 lbs–and all without sounding like a “Cathy” comic. More
Today on Twitter, Julie Benz, who is best known for playing Rita on Dexter, Tweeted that the worst thing about a morning workout is that it makes her legs sore all day. She blamed something called “TRX bands.” Naturally, we had to know what they are. More
Author Ayelet Waldman, who is best known for her anti-mommy-wars book Bad Mother, does not appreciate Michele Bachmann‘s recent comments about the HPV vaccine Gardasil. Rep. Bachmann, who is one of the candidates running for the Republican presidential nomination, claimed that Gardasil could make people mentally retarded. That claim was debunked, but it sparked a frenzy of online discussions about the vaccine and about HPV. More
Insert Weiner joke here….or, like Congressman Anthony Weiner did, just insert weiner here. You’d have to be living under a rock not to know that Weiner got caught online with his pants down and held a tearful press conference to apologize. But frankly, I ain’t got no “beef” with his display of his “hot dog” (I’m going to hell for that one). This isn’t just another instance of a politician using social media to reveal his shortcomings (I got a million of these). Congressman Weiner is just doing what millions of us do online anyway: flirt, send photos, sext, and have naughty chats. Turns out politicians aren’t robots. *Gasp* More
If you were about to get tested for sexually transmitted infections and diseases, would you want everyone to know? Foursquare, the popular social media app that lets users check into local businesses and attractions to gain points and unlock badges, went out on a limb and assumed that you would…and they were right. Partnering with MTV to meld social media with social awareness, Foursquare created an online “movement” to encourage young people to get tested. Every time users checked into a clinic, they unlocked badges and shared their whereabouts across social media platforms. According to them, their campaign resulted in thousands upon thousands of participants. I know the Foursquare homepage says “it’s more fun with friends!” but this might be pushing the envelope.
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