A majority of young women are concerned about the way they look and how their bodies are percieved by others. Aspects of our appearance, such as weight or facial characteristics determine how people react to us, although often to a lesser extent than we think. This page collects some of the resources which can help explore the idea of norms and the drive to conform, and how to change negative thinking around our bodies.
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Beauty history timeline – how beauty standards have changed over time
Vagi Gals – which of these vaginas, in all their difference and glory, are you?
A clever mock advertisment looking at airbrushing and photshopping
A documentary discussing the relationship between mass media, commerce and body image
Bin the Beauty
Bin the Beauty was a 2010 Feminist Webs project that was run jointly with six youth groups. It considered what feminism and body image mean for young women today. You can view photos of the project launch and an animation on body image made by young people in one of the workshops.
Young people were asked to send homemade postcards to Feminist Webs saying what they wanted as a young woman in today’s society and what feminism and positive body image meant to them. This booklet was produced from the images and comments sent in.