What You Need to Know About Brazil…Body Image

  Remember that shampoo commercial from the 80’s “don’t hate me because I’m beautiful?” It reminds me of the undeniably stunning women in Brazil. And how I myself feel after about 10 minutes every time I go there. Attitude Leads in Brazilian Body Image My first visit, about the same time that commercial came out,…

The 7-Year-Old Samba Queen and Identity vs Societal Norms

Have you heard the old joke that plays on the philosophical question about a tree falling in the forest?  You know the one… “If you’re in the forest and you say something wrong and your spouse (of course I’m going with the gender neutral version!) doesn’t hear you, are you still wrong?” While seemingly innocuous,…

Cross-Cultural Truth: No Such Thing as a Fat Barbie

With the notable first black Disney princess debuting 84 years after the first (in the Princess and the Frog, in Theaters December 11), I don’t doubt that the number of black dolls also falls well behind that of white dolls.  So it’s understandable that, as the Wall Street Journal points out, “many black parents had…

Happy Halloween. I’m Going as a Brazilian. Or a Jew. Or a Brazilian Jew.

Doesn’t everyone have that one friend who doesn’t dress up for Halloween, but likes to come up with ways to describe his/her costume anyway, as in “I’m dressed as a pedestrian.” At first I declared I was dressed Brazilian, after deciding not to change my shirt in response to my 8 year old’s announcement that “I…