The “Pretty” Prison: the Dad of a Daughter Ponders the Weight of a Word

A dad discovers a common compliment for girls is not as positive as many think. It is a trap. Here is his plan to free his daughter from its grasp.

Image Is Superficial But Its Impact Is Deep

Supermodel Cameron Russell talks shop and deconstructs the power—and privilege—of image.

Why You Should Never Judge A Woman Only By Her Appearance

It’s usually harder for younger men to look past a woman’s looks. But, it happens. Here, a young writer schools his Gen-Y brethren.

Light Fare for the Soul

A world traveler asks: Can experiential junk food—like a boat ride to a beach resort—ever be spiritually nutritious?

Suck It, Simon! Overweight Teen Dazzles on “Britain’s Got Talent”

Jamie Reidy comments on another stunning vocal performance that shatters superficial judgments.

The Ugly Duckling as Gender-Neutral Beauty Ideal

‘The Ugly Duckling’ provides a lesson in beauty and acceptance for everyone, regardless of gender.

Beauty, Obsession, Men, and Women

Is women’s obsession with beauty because of an intense desire to be attractive to men? And if so, is it a men’s issue?