Two sizes too small: body image and the fashion world

As the chill of October comes to a close and the suburban streets light up from the orange glow of jack-o-lanterns, it can only mean one thing: Halloween is here. With this yearly holiday comes the tradition of dressing up. From Wonder Woman to the Walking Dead, the choices are unlimited—unless your waistline exceeds 32 inches. According to Statistics Canada, the average waist circumference of a Canadian woman between the ages of 18 and 79 is approximately 34 inches. For males, the number is higher, sitting at around 37 inches. When comparing these numbers with sizing charts on numerous costume websites, the largest sizes available without switching into the plus-size section are only suitable for women with waists of 32 to 34 […]

Read more

A racial melting pot

Activist or not, many Canadians base their understanding of racism on the African-American struggle for racial equality, especially in light of recent movements such as Black Lives Matter. However, few conversations about racism towards Black people in other parts of the world, such as in Brazil, factor into activism discourses in Canada. Rosana Barbosa, an associate professor of Latin American studies at Saint Mary’s University, was born and raised in Brazil. “I recall growing up in Brazil and watching soap operas with only lighter complexion, mixed-race actors,”  Barbosa said. “It never reflected my friend group and my community of dark-skinned friends, and that confused me.” Although anti-Black racism continues to affect the lives of 60 million Afro-Brazilians, Barbosa said these experiences rarely receive […]

Read more

Natural Health and Beauty Blog: The many benefits of coconut oil

From a sore throat to dry skin, coconut oil is your body’s best friend. Its properties are beneficial, whether ingested or applied topically for many body ailments. Those who swear by it suggest buying unrefined virgin coconut oil, as it’s less processed and is produced from fresh coconut. Coconut oil is full of saturated fats that can boost your energy and benefit your body. It has antioxidant and anti-aging properties that stop the effects of aging—even the whitening of the hair. It’s full of vitamin E, a key ingredient for healthy hair and skin. Coconut oil is also antimicrobial, so it protects the body internally and externally from infections. It has been proven to improve cholesterol levels and heart health […]

Read more

Natural Health and Beauty Blog: Ways to treat yourself this winter

January: The time when your next OSAP installment comes in, and you get to experience the freezing cold Ottawa winters (or, you know, become a hermit in the tunnels). With the stress of school assignments starting to pile up, or new extracurricular activities starting up, or just the plain old winter blues/flu season, why not treat yourself? One of my New Year’s resolutions was to practice more self care, specifically putting money away in my budget to pamper myself. I work hard in school, write for The Charlatan, work a part-time job, and mentor a robotics team—I figure I’ve earned it. If you also feel this way, here are some ideas for self pampering: Manicure—Probably the classic salon treatment, it […]

Read more

Letter: Makeup shouldn’t be one size fits all

I love makeup, don’t get me wrong. I wouldn’t own more tubes of lipstick than I can count if I didn’t. Makeup is an art form, and your face is the canvas. It’s a fun medium for self-expression and experimentation, but more and more I notice that the element of experimentation is being undercut by “trends” that are starting to feel more and more like rigid rules. A lot of trends in the beauty industry are Eurocentric. They push European features and beauty standards as the universal norm, and reinforce the toxic idea that there is only one way to be beautiful, and if you don’t naturally meet the standard, you must change yourself to emulate it. A lot of […]

Read more
1 2