Sit Down. We’re Gonna Talk About Periods.

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By Allison Epstein It's a scientific fact: Our culture gets weird about bodily fluids. I mean, everybody pees, and yet someone's programmed an entire website to show people the least awkward way to do it in public. But when you take a look at the intersection of biological discharge and gender, stuff starts to get real tricky, … [Read more...]

Hey Facebook: Ditch the Body-Shaming Emoticons

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By Allison Epstein Love it or hate it, when Facebook rolled out its new "Feelings" feature mid-2013, the nature of the status update shifted. If you were like me, you gave it some serious side-eye at first. Do we really need our social networks to express our emotions for us? Have we lost the ability to type "Feeling good … [Read more...]

Maroon 5’s “Animals”—How Cultural Stereotypes Mask the Message

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By Allison Epstein It would take some searching to find an American with a radio who hasn't heard a song or two off V, Maroon 5's latest album. It's packed with the kind of earworm tracks that wiggle into your head and refuse to leave. Full disclosure: "Maps" has been stuck in my head since about mid-August. But with the release … [Read more...]

Three Things Not To Say To Someone In Recovery – And Three to Try Instead

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By Allison Epstein So you know someone in recovery from an eating disorder. Or you’re in recovery yourself, and are looking to help your support system understand what you need. If the latter is the case, congratulations on the complicated but ultimately empowering decision to choose recovery. I might or might not know you (it’s … [Read more...]

Health and Happiness: Why Dieting Won’t Bring You Either

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By Amber Ikeman, Intern 2014 I’m on a diet. I’ve been on it for a while and it’s actually pretty easy. No ridiculous amounts of money, none of those nasty chalk shakes, and no complicated tracking methods. It’s really healthy and I feel great. It’s called a food diet. Sometimes while engaging in my food diet at lunch (which … [Read more...]

An Open Letter to Those Fearing Relapse During Times of Grief

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By Grace Manger, Intern 2014 Monday, May 12, 2014. 7:37am. I was miraculously awake, sitting at my kitchen table with a cup of coffee and an unfinished essay due in a couple hours. The coolest 10-year-old I know, my little sister in all ways except genetics, called me to tell me that her little sister, our sweet Maia, died … [Read more...]

America Still Doesn’t Get It: White, Blue-Eyed, and Thin IS the Universal Standard of Beauty

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By Alana de Hinojosa Earlier this month, journalist Ester Honig had what seemed to be a pretty good idea. Having stumbled upon Fivver, a freelancing platform that connects freelancers around the world for a variety of tasks, Honig decided she'd send a makeup-free picture of herself to 40 individuals in 25 countries with one … [Read more...]

Body Image and Our Kids: Getting the Words Right

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By Cherie Ditcham In the film Memento, a man suffering from short-term memory loss tattoos clues to himself on his body to help remind him of his identity. Unfortunately, the memory he is remembering isn’t the real story. Now, imagine if every word that you spoke about yourself appeared on your skin like a tattoo. What would … [Read more...]

Read My Hips: A Body Image Memoir By Kim Brittingham

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Sometimes the journey to body positivity can feel like a lonely one. We’re surrounded on all sides by advertisements urging us to lose that last xx pounds, dye those pesky gray hairs back to their “natural” color, or try the latest miracle cure guaranteed to melt off pounds and pounds of fat. (Is it just me, or does anything at all … [Read more...]

MarginalizED Voices: Broadening the Conversation about Eating Disorders

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By Allison Epstein If you’ve been following us here at Adios Barbie for a while, or if you were here with us for one special day this February, you know that an important part of our mission is to expand the conversation society currently allows about our bodies and ourselves. Without diverse and accurate representation, we risk … [Read more...]