beauty standards

Shapely Ankles and Cankles

Why are women getting plastic surgery to slim down their ankles? Cristen and Caroline explore how slender ankles became a feminine beauty standard and the etymology and science behind the dreaded cankles.

The Invention of Cankles

For evidence that female bodies are judged from head to toe for their adherence to arbitrary beauty standards, look no farther than the ankles. Slender ankles have been a subtle hallmark of the idealized feminine silhouette practically ever since hemline-shortening fashions first put them on public display. But now that some women are going under the knife to slim down their ankle circumference, it's high time to investigate the cultural invention of "cankles."

The Perfect (Gap Teeth) Smile

When actress Mary Pickford cut off her long hair in 1928, the haircut made The New York Times front page. Since short hair is still shocking today, Caroline and Cristen examine the sociocultural meanings of close-cropped women.

Seeing Through Glasses Stereotypes

Dorothy Parker once wrote that "men seldom make passes at girls who wear glasses." Cristen and Caroline explore why so many negative stereotypes are attached to women wearing glasses and whether we have hipsters to thank for making glasses cool.

Vaginoplasty, labiaplasty and vaginal rejuvenation are today's hottest new plastic surgeries. So what does a normal vagina look like? Tune in to learn more about why women get "The Barbie" and other vaginal cosmetic surgeries.

Is dieting antifeminist?

Kjiersten Gruys went a year without looking in a mirror to readjust how she looks at her body. So how does losing weight for health compare to losing weight to meet beauty standards? Is intentional weight loss a feminist choice or feminist fail?

Pale-skinned people often desire a nice, healthy tan, even though tanning can bring health risks. Yet in some other cultures, this ideal is reversed. Join Cristen and Molly as they talk about whiteness as a beauty ideal and the health risks involved.

As people across the hemisphere gear up for summer, Molly and Cristen take a look at the practice of tanning: When did it become popular, and why do people want tans? Listen in and learn more about tanning.

Women Spend $50K on Hair Alone

In general, women's hair costs more than men's, with more expensive haircuts (blowouts and styling included) and pricier haircare products. Even this thrifty nickel has dropped $80 for to-die-for shampoo and conditioner. But my hair nearly fell out in shock when I ran across this survey finding that Molly and I didn't mention in the Stuff Mom Never Told You episode on whether it costs more to be a woman.