Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Day 123: Thank You!

You may have noticed that this project has been getting a bit of www attention in the past few weeks. This has made me realize: blogging about this project would not be half as fun or meaningful without the support I've received from a larger online community of writers who care deeply about women's issues.  I'm listing several here to show my appreciation, and to encourage readers to explore these great sites!  

Girl-positive non-profit extraordinaire, About-Face equips women and girls with the tools to understand and resist harmful media messages that affect their self-esteem and body image.  I volunteer my academic skillz with these folks, so you know I believe in their mission.  They've been kind enough to repost updates on my progress here and here.

Written by witty and insightful Autumn Whitefield-Madrano (who embarked on her own month-long "mirror-fast" in May of 2011!) The-Beheld examines the concept of beauty through essays, interviews, experiments, and analyses of how economics, business, globalization, and science inform our ideas on appearance.  Autumn has been kind enough to cross-list my blog in several posts, including her fabulous Hairpin.com essay on "How to Stop Checking Yourself Out".

I LOVELOVELOVE this website, which encourages people to exercise their sociological imagination by presenting brief sociological discussions of compelling and timely imagery that spans the breadth of sociological inquiry.  Co-founder and friend Lisa Wade encouraged me to write my first-ever guest-post, asking "Can a Feminist Diet?".  What an amazing experience getting so much feedback on an issue so close to my heart.

Jezebel picked up on my SocImages guest post and sent additional traffic my way by opening up the same question ("Can Feminists Go on Diets?") on their website.

Mrs. Bossa, writer of this fantastic feminist fashion blog, entrusted me with a guest post on mirror-free fashion tips.  So fun!

This phenomenal collective blog of - what else? - Feminist Fashion Bloggers features monthly "roundups" of intelligent and funny posts on a shared topic.  My essay on "The Sociology of Fashion, Feminism, and Social Class" was featured in the July Roundup.

This phenomenal website creates articles, campaigns, events and other cool stuff that inspires a body and self-loving world.  My 100-Day Recap was featured as a guest post, here.

This fun, feminine site drew on my blog to ask, Would You Be Happier if You Avoided Mirrors?

Adorable positivity blogger, Davinia Hamilton kindly mentioned my quest in her links post.  Thanks Davinia!!

My first (and, so far, ONLY) international coverage can be found here, at this well-known Brazilian news website, affiliated with Time.  Thanks to author Martha Mendonça for the international coverage!

This lovely woman wrote a touching post about her own body image issues, and has decided to embark on her own mirror-fast.  Read about it here.


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  1. Hey, you're welcome! And good job on this project. So interesting!

  2. Yayyyy! Kjerstin, I'm so glad to see this project in full flight, as it well deserves! I was so pleased to see your piece on Jezebel--I'd already read it at Soc Images but Jezebel invites such great debate in comments so I was doubly happy to see it there.