The Multiracial Network Stands Against Racism in Solidarity with the YWCA

By Victoria Malaney

YWCA Stand Against Racism LogoAs I sat down to write this blog as the Scholarship and Resources Coordinator for the Multiracial Network (MRN), I was thinking of recent articles that have been published online regarding multiracial beauty. Anecdotally, as a multiracial person it was not uncommon for my siblings and I to have strangers comment on our physical looks growing up. Sometimes the comments would be, “Oh your parents did good!” or “Wow, you all are just so beautiful!”, while these comments were unexpected and flattering I was always taken aback by the strangers who amongst stopping to comment us about our looks, we would also get the follow up question, “What are you?” The typical response, “I’m… [insert racial identifiers],” would ensue.

“Do I Look OLD In This?” The Role of Old Talk In Our Work with Young Women

By Katie McLaughlin
Grants Coordinator, YWCA York

Katie McLaughlin

Katie McLaughlin

A few weeks ago a friend called me to share what she deemed to be very disturbing news. “Today is a terrible day,” she moaned. “I found my first gray hair!”

“Guess it’s time to find a good hair colorist!” I replied without thinking.

Recently I was reminded of our exchange as my YWCA York colleague and I chatted about our agency’s upcoming Girls on the Run season – our biggest yet. Throughout the fall, our staff and volunteers will work with hundreds of pre-teen girls to encourage self-confidence, positive body image, and an appreciation of health and fitness.

Bought and Sold: The Exploitation of Female Sexuality in a Market-Driven Society

by Stephanie M. Crumpton
Special to the YWCA

Skechers Shape-Ups for young girls

Some parents wonder whether companies like Skechers have gone too far in marketing "butt-toning" shoes to young girls.

Recently I’ve watched the sexual assault case against an extremely affluent international businessman unravel due to efforts to render the victim uncredible. The case kept coming up in the back of my mind (interrupting me really) when I sat down to work on this blog about image, beauty and women’s power.  Then I turned to wonder…  What if there’s a connection between the two?  What if the beauty and image debate is part of a much larger (more significant) conversation about the use and abuse of women as currency in social and political games of power?

Recap: Beauty and the Beholder Webcast

by Nova B. Rutherford
Special to YWCA USA

Nova B. Rutherford

Last week, the YWCA turned tension into a teachable moment by creating a forum for positive thought leaders in the aftermath of the hurtful Psychology Today article by Satoshi Kanazawa titled “Why Are Black Women Less Physically Attractive Than Other Women?” The ridiculous theory was quickly discredited and an apology was issued by the publication, yet the negative tones of the discussion lingered on the Web and surely in the minds of many.

The Costs of Beauty: Way Too High a Price to Pay

by Stephanie M. Crumpton
Special to YWCA USA

"Very skinny" women make $22K more than average-size women?

What is the cost of beauty?  I’m not sure that there’s an actual dollar amount, but what I am certain of is that women are paying for it with their careers, health and sanity when they don’t measure up to the narrow standards of our image-obsessed culture.

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YWCA to Host Live Webcast on “The Politics of Beauty” on June 20, 2011

Confirmed speakers include Susan L. Taylor, Deborah Rhode, Gloria Lau, and Stephanie M. Crumpton.

YWCA USA will host a free, live webinar entitled “Beauty and the Beholder: The Politics of Beauty and Image” to address the issue of Appearance-Based Discrimination. The webinar will explore the impact of discrimination based on looks for all women across the nation.  The webinar will also focus on this issue within the context of the mission of the YWCA: Empowering Women and Eliminating Racism.

Date and Time:

Monday, June 20, 2011
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM EST
(2PM CT, 1PM MT, 12PM PT)