Editor's note: Orit Avishai is an assistant professor of sociology at Fordham University. She is the author of "Managing the Lactating Body: The Breast-Feeding Project and Privileged Motherhood."
(CNN) - Adele, who won big at the 2012 Grammys, once told Karl Lagerfeld off when he said that she was talented and pretty but a little too fat. Maybe his words got to her.
The British pop star made news this week when she admitted to wearing four pairs of Spanx under a dress that wowed the audiences at the Grammys. Apparently, this was an improvement over her original dress that featured a built-in corset and in which she passed out when she tried it on.
Spanx is a line of undergarments that offers solutions for women of all sizes and shapes. You can target bulging stomachs, jiggling upper arms, aging breasts and any other body part that may need some enhancement. No longer an item of fantasy play or a secret amongst plus-sized women, Spanx products have become prized accessories flaunted by the Kardashians, Oprah and suburban moms.
Spanx's selling point is that it helps smart, successful women of all ages to build their confidence by, well, looking good. But playing with fire might be a more adequate metaphor when we consider that less than half a century ago, women denounced Spanx-like garments as symbols of oppressive beauty standards.
Editor's note: James Montague is an author and journalist who writes for the New York Times, CNN.com, GQ and World Soccer. You can follow him on Twitter @JamesPiotr.
By James Montague, Special to CNN
While many Americans anticipate the final game between the Miami Heat and the Boston Celtics on Saturday, or the Manny Pacquiao-Timothy Bradley boxing match, the rest of the world will be transfixed as one of the most highly anticipated sports tournaments begins Friday: soccer's 2012 European Championship.
The lead up to the month-long tournament, which is co-hosted in the former communist Eastern European states of Poland and Ukraine, has made worldwide headlines –and not all for the right reasons.
It has been a drama that involves a jailed former prime minister, controversies related to corruption and accusations of endemic prejudice that highlight the differing nature of racism in Europe compared to America.
By Emily Jane Fox, CNN Money
NEW YORK (CNNMoney) - Millions of young adults are forgoing necessary care and treatment because of rising health care costs, a report said Friday.
In fact, 41% of young adults between age 19 and 29 failed to get medical care in a recent 12-month period because of cost, according to a Commonwealth Fund survey. Among uninsured adults, the number rose to 60%.
They are not filling prescriptions, skipping recommended tests or treatments, avoiding doctor visits and failing to get specialist care they need.
"This reflects the high cost of medical care right now and health pl ans that may not cover people very well," said Dr. Sara Collins, vice president for affordable health insurance at the Commonwealth Fund and chief author of the survey.
And doctors are noticing that young adults stop listening to medical advice once they hear the cost of treatment.
Editor's note: Ruben Navarrette Jr. is a CNN.com contributor and a nationally syndicated columnist.
By Ruben Navarrette Jr. , CNN Contributor
San Diego (CNN) - In my CNN.com column last week, I wrote that the first thing a candidate running for office needs to know about Latino voters is that they value nothing more than respect.
Here's the second thing: It's not respectful to lump together Latino U.S. citizens with Latino illegal immigrants.
Not all Latinos in the United States arrived here five minutes ago. In fact, some of us come from families who have been here for five generations. And there are those in the state of New Mexico who can trace their roots in the Southwest back several hundred years.