Exploring the world of women’s body images

Sports Illustrated has included a ‘plus-size’ woman in its latest swimsuit edition and toy maker Mattel has introduced a diverse array of new Barbie dolls that feature them having them more realistic body shapes than the physiologically impossible ones that have been the standard so far. Does this signify a new acceptance of women in all their variety rather than giving the illusion that there is an ideal form?

On The Daily Show, Kristen Schaal examines this question.

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  1. says

    With some people, the only thing that will change their minds is money. Whether it’s payment, punishment, lawsuit, or a loss of revenue, they only listen when you hit them in the wallet.

  2. says

    I knew a woman once who was built pretty much like a classic barbie doll. She pretty much only wore tailored clothes because there isn’t a lot off the rack for her dimensions. That meant her wardrobe cost her a couple times what another woman’s would. She was “not amused” and walked around in a constant state of wanting to punch people.

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