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Embrace

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When Body Image Activist Taryn Brumfitt posted an unconventional before-and-after photo in 2013 it was seen by more than 100 million people worldwide and sparked an international media frenzy. The film follows Taryn's crusade as she explores the global issue of body loathing, inspiring us to change the way we feel about ourselves and think about our bodies.
DVD
2017; 2016
Clemons (Stacks)
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Becoming Barbie

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Little girls play with Barbies whose measurement in real life would be 36" by 18" by 33"; teenagers and pre-teens read fashion magazines featuring young models who usually weigh 23% less than the average body weight. This sobering and enlightening documentary examines eating disorders that have become commonplace in a society where diet products are a $74 billion dollar industry. Powerful media images, in particular in the fashion and advertising industry, serve as a backdrop for insights into the virtually impossible and highly dangerous physical goals that so many women strive to achieve. This excellent resource for media education features discussions with two teenagers, a doctor, a therapist, and Naomi Wolf, author of the book The beauty myth.
DVD
2000; 2014
Clemons (Stacks)
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Beauty Mark

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"[Diane] Israel, a Boulder-based psychotherapist and former champion triathlete, talks candidly about her long and agonizing personal struggle with eating disorders and obsessive exercising, fearlessly confronting her own painful past as she attempt to come to terms with American culture's unhealthy fixation on self-destructive ideals of beauty and competitiveness. The film lends context to Israel's personal odyssey with fascinating insights from athletes, bodybuilders, fashion models, and inner-city teens, as well as prominent cultural critics and authors"--Container.
DVD
2009
Clemons (Stacks)
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Sally's Beauty Spot

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A black mole above an Asian woman's breast serves as a metaphor for cultural and racial differences.
VHS
1990
Ivy (By Request)
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Wet Dreams and False Images

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An award winning documentary film that uses humor to serious concerns about the marketplace of commercial illusion and unrealizable standards of physical perfection."--Publisher's website.
VHS
2004
Ivy (By Request)
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The Myth of the Perfect Body: Accepting Your Physical Self

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A guide for teenagers struggling with self-image and size and shape of their bodies.
VHS
1995
Ivy (By Request)
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Skin Deep: 6 Tattoos and Body Designs

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Series explores the desire of people to surgically alter their bodies in order to feel more beautiful. This segment looks at tattoos and their various meanings to different people by talking with a renowned body artist and a woman who records her spiritual journey on her body through tattoos and piercings.
VHS
2000
Ivy (By Request)
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Skin Deep 12 Eyelid Surgery: Asian to Caucasian

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Series explores the desire of people to surgically alter their bodies in order to feel more beautiful. This segment looks at two women of Asian descent who consider having their eyelids surgically altered to give their eyes a more Caucasian look.
VHS
2000
Ivy (By Request)
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Skin Deep: 8 Transgender Surgery, Female to Male

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Series explores the desire of people to surgically alter their bodies in order to feel more beautiful. This segment looks at two people who started out in life as women and are changing their identities to men. One is looking at a double mastectomy and chest reconstruction and the other at surgery to create male genitals.
VHS
2000
Ivy (By Request)
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Skin Deep: 7 Transgender Surgery, Male to Female

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Series explores the desire of people to surgically alter their bodies in order to feel more beautiful. This segment looks at two people who started out in life as males, but in the process of changing to look more feminine are looking at surgical options to change their faces.
VHS
2000
Ivy (By Request)
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Body Image: The Quest for Perfection

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Seven women go on a retreat to share their feelings about their bodies, the sources of these feelings and the images of women in mass media. Based on the research of Dr. Michelle A. Wolf.
VHS
2000
Ivy (By Request)
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Becoming Barbie

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This documentary provides a compelling look at body image issues and the role the media plays in promoting certain ideals for women. It examines eating disorders that have become commonplace in society and looks at the influence of the Barbie doll on young girls. Powerful media images, in particular in the fashion and advertising industry, serve as a backdrop for insights into the virtually impossible and highly dangerous physical goals that so many women strive to achieve. It also explores the new world of modelling in which models in video, film and photographs are sculpted by computer technology presenting images to emulate that are not even totally human. Includes interviews with teenagers and professionals working with eating disorder patients.
VHS
1993
Ivy (By Request)
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Keltie's Beard: A Woman's Story

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Keltie challenges the stereotypical image of woman when she refuses to remove her facial hair to be pleasing to others.
VHS
1982
Ivy (By Request)
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The Famine Within

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This searing documentary looks at the obsession of women with the size and the shape of their bodies. Under the coercive power of consumerism and the mass media, women have come to view their bodies as marketable objects and to judge them according to unrealistic standards. Paradoxically, this anxious quest for the perfect body exists in our culture at the same time that the feminist movement decries the role of woman as a sex object. Using a dramatic visual approach, the film explores the complex causes that lie at the heart of this paradox. Combining the direct testimony of many women who have suffered from the body obsession - dancers, mothers, career women, athletes, models, bulimics, fat women, anorexics, young girls - with the views of leading experts, The Famine Within explore [...]
Online
1990
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Everyday Self-Esteem [electronic resource]

This program thoroughly describes the concept of self-esteem: what it is, where it comes from, and how to build it, maintain it, and protect it. The power of positive thinking, the importance of a supportive home environment, and the harmful effects of advertising are considered, along with the negative impact of a poor attitude, destructive comments, and unrealistic thoughts of one's own worth.
Online
2005; 2000
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Fat Like Me [electronic resource]: How to Win the Weight War

In this ABC News special-produced in conjunction with Rodale Inc., publisher of Prevention and Men's Health magazines-nutritionists, psychologists, pediatricians, and other experts explore the causes of obesity, the physical and emotional damage it can do, and how parents and schools can team up to help kids improve their health. Also included is hidden-camera footage of a daring social experiment in which a slim teen, professionally made up to look obese, goes to school and experiences firsthand the abuse so often aimed at people who are overweight. A post-experiment discussion underscores the stigmatizing effect of intolerance while emphasizing the need for greater compassion. Correlates to the National Health Education Standards from the Joint Committee on National Health Educatio [...]
Online
2006; 2003
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A Girl's Life, With Rachel Simmons [electronic resource]

Girls entering adulthood in the next decade will see more opportunities than today's women ever imagined. But will these girls stride confidently through newly opened doors, or are they destined to be stunted by societal messages that tell them females should be constantly agreeable, impossibly thin, and sexy above all else? Researcher and author Rachel Simmons examines the challenges facing young women as they surf the waves of 21st century adolescence in the 2010 Parents' Choice Gold award-winning documentary, A Girl's Life. Through a series of interviews with teenage girls, parents, psychologists, teachers, and social workers, the program explores cyberbullying, outright violence, gangs, the impact of sexual imagery in the media, and more. It is a wake-up call and a rare window in [...]
Online
2009
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Steroids [electronic resource]: Big Muscles, Bigger Problems

A lot of time, energy, and media coverage has been spent trying to figure out which high-profile athletes have or have not used steroids, and whether or not the users still belong in the record books. Lost in the shuffle is the story of the damage that steroids can cause, not just to celebrity sports stars but to everyday young people - including teenage girls, the fastest-growing demographic group of steroid users in America. Hosted by ESPN.com reporter Tom Murray, this video brings hard facts, straight talk, and inconvenient truths to the problem of steroid use among male and female teenagers. It illustrates the biochemical basics of anabolic steroids and their synthetic relationship to testosterone; their general impact on the human anatomy and how they can be especially devastati [...]
Online
2011
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Real Life Teens: Self-Esteem [electronic resource]

Feelings of inferiority, low performance in school, poor lifestyle choices, withdrawal from relationships and activities - low self-esteem can open teens up to a whole range of serious problems. This video discusses lack of self-confidence among adolescents, self-image issues that can arise from it, and how teens can reinforce - or, if necessary, rebuild - their belief in themselves. Subjects covered include social and societal causes of low self-esteem, how parents and teachers fit into the picture, and more.
Online
2009
20.

Body Identity [electronic resource]

For most people, having a limb amputated is one of the worst things they can imagine. But some rare people actually want their limb removed. In this video clip, meet Robert Vickers, a man who, from a very young age, had the feeling that his left leg did not belong to him. Hear doctors try to explain this neurological affliction.
Online
2009