2011: A Successful Year for Social Media Activism and Proof of Progress

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by Pia Guerrero, Co-Editor and Founder Year's end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us. ~Hal Borland, Journalist Ringing in the New Year has always been marked with promises to do or be better than the year before--quit smoking, exercise more, be more … [Read more...]

Dare to Resolve to Ditch Dieting

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By Sharon Haywood, Co-Editor Aside from bikini season, late December and early January is the other time of year that we’re especially susceptible to feeling bad about our bodies. Special thanks to the media and the diet industry for ensuring we do by reminding us that we overindulged during the end-of-year festivities and we … [Read more...]

Feel Fat? Try Burlesque to Feel Beautiful

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By Kitty Cavalier Recently a friend told me she wants to love her body but she always feels fat. I dedicate this article to her. No woman is immune from "feeling fat." But notice we don't say, "I have fat on my body all the time." What we are describing is the FEELING of being fat. For every woman, the feeling of being fat … [Read more...]

FAT SEX, The Book

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By Jennifer Jonassen If you’re like me, you grew up with a very limited view of what sexiness is, of what sexiness looks like. I always found it perplexing that what was considered sexy was so narrowly defined. As a young girl, the women that surrounded me did not look like the so-called ideal and yet they were all partnered up. … [Read more...]

Doll Parts: The “Barbie Executioner” Strikes Back

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by Melanie Klein, Contributor My mother never addressed beauty in a critical way. In fact, beauty was rarely openly discussed in my house, but was the lingering weight on the shoulders of all the women in my family. The only times beauty was discussed was when my mother told me I needed to lose weight or when my grandmother … [Read more...]

Anatomy of a Sex Symbol

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  “Maybe I’m a sexless sex goddess.” - Marilyn Monroe to Life magazine journalist Richard Meryman, 1961 By Sheila O'Malley, Joan's Digest The sexiest woman in America didn’t have an orgasm until the last year of her life.  Despite her famous love affairs and marriages, not to mention the fact that she was the … [Read more...]

Disfigurement: Isolating ‘Imperfect’ Bodies

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Originally published at Women’s Web. Cross-posted with permission. By Shirin Juwaley Having a facial disfigurement, according to me, is an advantage! It has sieved out the people in my life as only the significant remain. In the 13 years of surviving an acid attack by my ex-husband, I have come across all sorts of attitudes … [Read more...]

Let Her Eat Cake! Breaking Free From Private Gorging

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By Melanie Klein, Contributor “Are you sure you’re not hungry?” he asked with grave concern as chicken grease ran down his fingers and his chin. We’d just finished a rigorous hike and I was starving—famished, ravenous and slightly light-headed. I mean, really, we’d been cavorting, frolicking and climbing the local mountains … [Read more...]

PETA and Porn: Exploit Women, Not Animals

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By Ashley-Michelle Papon Just in time for the chill of the holidays, the marketing wizards at People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) have come up with a new way to keep converts to animal welfarism warm. Within the next month, PETA will capitalize on their previously raunchy skin campaigns with a companion porn site. … [Read more...]

Marie Claire’s “Love Your Body Issue” is a Big Fail

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By Elena Rossini A couple of weeks ago I read that the November 2011 issue of Marie Claire South Africa featured several thought-provoking ad campaigns by major advertising agencies on the topic of “Love Your Body.” I thought it would be wonderful to showcase this in my documentary “The Illusionists.” Thanks to the fabulous Jill … [Read more...]