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Jennifer Lawrence vs. Joan Rivers, a plus-size Barbie, and female body image

An image created by artist bakalia for a Worth1000 illustration contest.

An image created by artist bakalia for a Worth1000 illustration contest.

After all of that holiday eating, many people will ring in 2014 with a New Year’s resolution to lose some weight and get fit. But as consumers are looking at their waist lines, there’s a battle going on over female body image. Jennifer Lawrence of the “Hunger Games” films and Joan Rivers are duking it out over Lawrence’s crusade to change the way Hollywood looks at women’s bodies. Almost simultaneously, Plus-Size-Modeling.com posted an image of a plus-size Barbie, championing the idea that Barbie dolls promote an unhealthy expectation for women’s bodies. If you’re taking media studies or women’s studies this fall, it’s a good idea to brush up on the issue of female body image in the media.

Jennifer Lawrence vs. Joan Rivers

The feud started with a seemingly innocuous comment that Jennifer Lawrence made in a November interview with Yahoo! Read more