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Body Image

This section has a variety of articles, reviews and personal narratives on body image issues from a sexuality perspective in India and Global South.

Photo of bodypositive activist Ekta Oza. She is wearing dark-rimmed glasses, a blue patterned kurta and her hair is tied back. She is looking to her left and laughing.

Being Thin… Being Me

Which one of these is the right question to ask myself: When was the first time I realised I was thin? Or, when was the first time I was made to realise I was ‘different’ and there was something wrong with me that needed to be fixed? Or, when was the first time I defined myself as a thin person and was comfortable being so?
An abstract image of various colours

Too Big

Why do we always assume that violence is done to us by someone else and not that we do it to ourselves quite easily and then have a million explanations to justify why we do not eat, why we use Fair and Lovely face cream, why we spend hours in the gym under duress, and why we focus incessantly on how much one has gained or lost in kilos and not in a metaphysical sense?
A cement sculpture of the female body

The Editorial: Body Image

Do you love your eyes and hate your knees? Or do you sometimes wish your XXX were different? Replace XXX with any body part of your choice. We have all been there – griping, never satisfied, and never owning our own beauty. How do we perceive and evaluate our own bodies? What do we love? What do we loathe? And why?
A collage showing how the ideal body type has evolved over time

Brushstrokes: Body Image

We want what we see, And imitate the girls on TV, and we get over-awed, by an IMAGE, that is flawed, a distortion that’s a ruse, to make us bleed and bruise and spend lots of money. For a 'perfection', that distracts us abuses and retracts us from the body that is ours, not the…
A photoshopped and non-photoshopped version of the same photo of a model put beside each other

Video Section – Killing Us Softly – 4

In this new, highly anticipated update of her pioneering Killing Us Softly series, the first in more than a decade, Jean Kilbourne takes a fresh look at how advertising traffics in distorted and destructive ideals of femininity. The film marshals a range of new print and television advertisements to lay bare a stunning pattern of…