Comic Launch: Celebrate Every Body! (Online Version)

Women receive messages on how their bodies should and should not look like throughout their lives. Messages from the media and even our peers and family constantly pressure women to aspire to unrealistic standards of beauty or to “improve” their bodies through practices, like hair removal, wearing makeup and dieting. It is not uncommon to…

Social Media, Fad Diets and Body Image

By Akhwinder Kaur Chahal I was 20 when I first came across the hashtags ‘#fitspo’ and ‘#fitspiration’ on Instagram. Usually, they were accompanied by images of toned, skinny social media celebrities in Lululemon leggings, Adidas sports bras and Nike Roshes posing with their meticulously crafted acai bowls. Upon checking the follower lists of these social…

My Beef with Skin-Lightening

By Adila Shahrin Last year, Mihaela Noroc’s Atlas of Beauty photo series started making its way around social media sites. The photography project, which featured local model Nadia Rahmat, caused a stir among local netizens. Although the photography project aimed to illustrate that beauty is not skin-deep, some netizens felt that she was not representative…

The Tyranny of Villainy: How Animated Villains Reaffirm Our Ideas of Ugliness

By: Clare-Marie Koh Growing up, I have always enjoyed watching animated films. Their catchy soundtracks, enchanting plots, and heartwarming characters were all appealing to the bright-eyed, bushy-tailed consumer. It is no wonder that both children and adults alike, are drawn to these films which frequently deliver the message that good always defeats evil. However, where there…

My Looks Don’t Define Me

By: Justin Soh  Growing up, I was always deemed a more “feminine” boy with a natural curiosity for things. Even in preschool, I indulged in what some would consider “girly” cartoons such as the Winx Club and Strawberry Shortcake series. However, as my family was relatively more conservative, my parents would refrain me from engaging…

Is ‘Casual’ Racism Really Casual?

By Natasha Sadiq & Tan Jing Min “How long does it take for an Indian woman to pass motion?” “How long?” “9 months” Cackles of laughter ensue. I look around the group of friends encircling me. I seem to be the only person who didn’t find the joke funny. I’m going to go out on…

Paint me like one of your Instagram girls

By Tricia Ferdinandt I remember when I was younger and in primary school, we started to learn about puberty in Health Education and how girls and boys alike would see changes in their bodies as they grow up. I did not really think much of it and instead, I welcomed these changes as they made me…

Mental Abuse

By Amy* (name changed to protect her identity)  There are many signs of an abusive partner. They don’t always hurt you 24 hours a day, seven days a week, it could happen once a week, or once a month, but when you do get hurt, it isn’t a matter of how often it occurs, but…

Winning the Impossible Fight

By Deborah Wee “Life must be easy when you look that way.” This thought used to cross my mind while watching the willowy, impossibly stunning bombshells of the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show strutting across the runway and swaying their hips with confidence. I was aware that it was physically impossible for the vast majority of…

Body Shaming: “Harmless” Teasing

By Jasmine Loo When I was 12, I used to tease my best friend about her larger than average breasts. My nickname for her included adding the title “Big Boobs” at the back of her actual name. She’d tell me to stop, but I didn’t really think much of it – after all, it was…