Call for Researchers for Peeps Magazine

Peeps Magazine, Issue 03, will explore the concept of beauty. We will aim to shed light on the fact that beauty is a social construct, and one that has been closely tied with power, ideology, empowerment and disempowerment. We will look to explore the differences in these constructs across cultures, and the ways in which these constructs are changing. We will consider how they came into being and how and why they continue to shape power dynamics and privilege within our society.

If you are currently engaged in or have recently completed research in an academic or professional capacity that explores these themes, we would be happy to hear from you! Email our Editors at

From Corsets to Camelot and the Pussy Bow

We all know that beauty standards change regularly. Fashionable beauty versus classical beauty distinctions notwithstanding, the contemporary definition of beauty = strength is very different from previous eras. Whether the plentiful standards of the Victorian era or the waif-like androgyny of the 1960s (not to mention the shift from the ideal of straight, white female with blonde hair of the 1960s to the multitude of hues, textures and skin tones that are now seen as desirable and beautiful), standards of beauty are anything but standard across the decades. In light of recent events, we are increasingly aware of how modern notions of beauty in the West have become much more strict, across the gender spectrum, limiting self-expression, and for many, enforcing an unattainable status quo.

At the same time, cultures and sub-cultures around the world are exploring new and exciting ways of expressing and understanding beauty that reject these Western standards of beauty. Women and men of colour, size, old and young age and diverse gender identities around the world are attempting to express their identities in revolutionary ways that open up space for new standards of beauty.

So what IS beauty? And what role does it play in our world? Who decides what the standards are and what the consequences may be for those who do not subscribe? And what are the techniques and practices used by people who want to look beautiful, but who may not have been part of the pool of genetic lottery winners across cultures? Finally, what if removing yourself from view by diminishing your beauty is necessary for social success and survival, rather than putting it on display?

So many questions and only a single issue to examine them all. Join us as we take a look at beauty across the spectrums of culture, context and situatedness.

Share Tweet about this on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Google+ Google+ Email to someone