Media Influences

Not Your 'After' Photo: The Co-Option of Anorexic Bodies

By Claire Trainor--I can hardly scroll through Facebook without seeing a DRAMATIC BEFORE AND AFTER WEIGHT LOSS article pop up by one of the website’s annoying sponsors. Usually, the photos advertise some sort of weight loss product, whether it be a new pill made from Oompa Loompa fruit or a ground up unicorn horn. 

Cinderella and the Hidden Princesses

By Shira Moskowitz--Skinny sells. Reality apparently does not.

And unfortunately, for the major corporations that single-handedly produce the films our entire generation of youth grows up watching, they don’t seem to care—and it’s never been more apparent than in Disney’s newest version of Cinderella.

More than Media

By Shirley Wang--Eating disorders are serious mental disorders affecting approximately 0.3 - 3% of the population. Despite this, several misconceptions and stereotypes about eating disorders often downplay their severity.

Pretty, Sexy, Sassy

By Maya Bernstein--The film Pretty, Sexy, Sassy by the Ma’yan Research Training Interns of 2012-2013 is a compilation of a year’s worth of discussion on what it means to be the “perfect girl.

The Media and Me

By Christina Keefer--When I was knee-deep in my eating disorder, I played the dangerous game of “Am I skinnier than her?” with every image set before me.


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