ATR 72 – Body Image and Race – 06/19/2007 – Submit an Audio Comment: 206-203-3983

Carmen and Latoya discuss body image for women and how it correlates to race. This episode features the song “Feel The Change” by Baba & Yako, courtesy of Spectre Entertainment Group.

Overly opinionated and a prime candidate for MAA (Media Addicts Anonymous), freelance writer and blogger Latoya Peterson lives, learns, loves, and blogs – and then wakes up each morning to do it all over again. She currently contributes to online gaming magazine Cerise, and contributes weekly posts to She is also the head of content development at, and blogs about hip-hop culture as PlentyProphylactics. Latoya also maintains two blogs of her own housed through her website, Skilled in interviewing, creative non-fiction, and editorial content, Latoya Peterson spends her time researching trends and obscure connections between topics. Current projects include Messaging in the Media (an analysis of gender messaging through magazines), a project that analyzes the global influence of hip-hop culture, and a short project on trends in manga.

Articles mentioned in this episode:

  • End Run: How a few black publishers are making a play for the Maxim man
  • Healthy, my ass: Many blacks love big women, but having a rump the size of Buffie the Body’s can put women at risk for disease.

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One thought on “ATR 72 – Body Image and Race – 06/19/2007 – Submit an Audio Comment: 206-203-3983”

  1. This ranks for me amongst your most interesting shows so far. So many sites rail against racism yet are casually misogynistic and homophobic, and ATR’s strength lies in trying to integrate all these issues.

    Latoya’s comments were fascinating and familiar to me, although the context was completely foreign. I live in Mainland China, and the current beauty standard for woman is emaciated and malnourished. The irony is that it was created not by Chinese men, who (in my experience) prefer fuller-bodied women, but by Western MNCs selling beauty projects, and it is enforced by a highly competitive, perfectionist society and especially by women themselves. Classic is one anorexic woman friend of mine who when I tried to recruit her to try a gym instead of diet pills explained, “Lisa, muscles look good on white women, but bad on Chinese women; we have to be slender and willowy!” And woe to the curvy Chinese woman who does not have the typical angular build!

    It also provides a constant source of frustration to me, as a white woman living here. I’d be considered thin in America: a 5’1, curvy, very athletic size 4. (And yes, the irony of using clothing size as self-defining noun…) Every single time I walk into a clothing store, I am handed an XXL, and unhilarity ensues as I try to get the small I actually wear, being told, “You’re too fat. You’ll rip it.” I feel like there’s an assumption that white person=obese which registers before they even look at me.

    Not that this is relevant much in the American context. My point is that body image and body stereotypes are pretty universal both within and between races.

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