Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Nuts, Barbie and Pink Stinks

Some interesting articles from a couple of websites seen over the last couple of days..

The Woman Who Edited Nuts Magazine

Terri White left Nuts 4 and half years ago. This article reflect upon her time at the magazine as editor and the regrets she has with the impact the magazine had on young women as well as the society we live in.

'...the culture they helped to create can still be seen in towns and cities all around the UK – from the Saturday-night porny perspex heels to the casual DIY sex tapes and still-held hopes for fast fame.'

It is worth reading through some of the comments on the article too, who don't believe that her regret is true.

Female Genital Mutilation 'offered By UK Medics'

'If a white girl is abused, police break down the door. If a black girl is mutilated, no one takes care of her.This is what I call racism.' Model Waris Dirie, Victim and opponent of FGM practices.
The Sunday Times has been investigating the FGM culture in Britain, finding some doctors and dentists offering to arrange operations or even willing to perform FGM themselves. In the UK, research suggests that up to 22,000 girls are at risk of FGM, almost a quarter of those in London. Whilst these figures suggest that FGM is taking place here in the UK, no one has ever been convicted of carrying out or arranging operations.

Real Life 'Barbie'

Valeria Lukyanova has become a sensation due to the fact she has rendered herself into looking like the plastic-fantastic Barbie doll. Questions have been raised if she is even real, and indeed how photoshopped her photos are, but ultimately, her online photo albums are fairly stunning. Her very slim figure, long blonde hair and most significantly her facial features certainly do resemble the look of the 53year old toy.
The poses in her photos are eerie,bordering really creepy, with her slim body in Barbie-esque wardrobe and bulging blue-eyed stare at the camera. Check out the really bizarre TV report that is linked at the bottom of the article too, which spoofs Valeria going into a surgery as well as into a wardrobe with a man...

Why Girls Aren't Pretty in Pink

Mentioned in a previous blog, Pink Stinks is a campaign run by twins Abi and Emma. After having two daughters, Abi was astounded by the amount of pink toys and steorotype presents that entered her house. The gender specific products led the sisters to start campaigning against the pink/blue divide with their site Pink Stinks.

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