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Beauty and the Beholder

Hillary Smith

February 25, 2014

It has always fascinated me how certain types of female bodies have gone in and out of fashion throughout history. It's like bodies are fashion trends, and we can just cast off the old and adopt the new when we notice a new body we like better. This slide show on Discovery News goes all the way back to ancient beauty ideals, tracing ...

Is That a Person Or Is That Photoshop?

Hillary Smith

February 12, 2014

You've probably seen that Photoshop time lapse video, in which a female model is essentially transformed into a Barbie doll. (If you haven't seen it, you can watch it on Youtube here). Global Democracy made this video in 2011, but it has recently picked up steam again on the Internet. People are likely...

Idealism and Difference: Body Image at Whitman

Idealism and Difference: Body Image at Whitman

August 29, 2013

This article was written by Hanne Jensen '14. Most Whitman students are fairly familiar with pressure. The sheer mass of skills a student must acquire in order to construct an adequate application for colleges, much less to get accepted by one, reveals a history of stress, high expectations and hard work. The very system itself is an ...

BodyKind promotes positive body image

BodyKind promotes positive body image

Allison Bolgiano

March 11, 2012

Under the leadership of three female students and a counselor, a recently formed campus group aims to promote positive body-image and self-love through openness, support and education. Sophomores Katie Tertocha and Michaela Lambert, junior Heather Domonoske, and counselor Tracee Anderson formed Body-Kind this semester...

Consuming control: Whitman students, professors talk politics of eating disorders

Consuming control: Whitman students, professors talk politics of eating disorders

Rachel Alexander

January 26, 2012

Last fall, junior Maggie Appleton took a medical leave of absence from Whitman to seek treatment for anorexia. Before leaving, she talked with friends about the disease and found that many of them had very little idea of the reasons people develop eating disorders. "It's like, 'Kate Moss caused this'...

Student responses to eating disorders survey

Rachel Alexander

January 26, 2012

The  Pioneer  surveyed students about stress, coping behaviors, food and body image as part of the research process for  our article on eating disorders. One hundred ninety-two students responded (almost double the typical  Pioneer  survey response rate). As almost 80 percent of  respondents  were femal...

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