Category Archives: femininity

What the rest of us have in common with an underwear model

picture of cameron russellI have never met a woman who hasn’t struggled with body image. Never. Not all the time in every way, but always in some way at some time. And that includes me.

And wider statistics seem to bear this out. 78% of 17-year-old girls in America don’t like their bodies. Even by the age of 13, over half of girls in America don’t like their bodies.

This obsession with body image that plagues most modern women is what made this TED Talk by Cameron Russell so fascinating. Russell is a model – and a very successful one at that. She is known for her work in Victoria Secret, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Prada, Ralph Lauren, etc. Her TED Talk is definitely worth the nine minutes it takes to listen. After watching this, I came away really liking Russell. She gets a lot right, and I admire her for being brave enough to say things publicly.

Perhaps the most striking moment is Russell’s admission, “I am insecure.” She even confesses that she’s never publicly admitted that. One of the most beautiful women in the world, who’s famous and rich because she’s beautiful, has struggled with body image. She feels insecure. Maybe that’s disheartening, because we think if she can’t be secure, then what hope is there for any of us? Maybe that’s comforting, because we realize no matter what we look like, everyone feels this way. But for sure this shouldn’t come as a surprise.

A Sleep Drug Wakes Us Up To the Great Gender Dilemma

Lets begin with a popular thought: men and women are fundamentally the same. Although they don’t share reproductive organs and a few pesky hormones, they are basically the same. Everything we associate with “gender” is a social construct. Boys play with Tonka trucks, and girls play with Barbies, because we teach them to. What we