Break My Nose and Make Me Pretty: Why I Said No to Plastic Surgery

Paul Appleyard

By Z Zoccolante The doctor holds his finger against the bridge of my nose, covering the small bump. In the mirror, my profile looms. Little fairies jump on a trampoline in my belly. Black Sharpie lines conjoin in a fractured map along my nose, outlining the nose I've always wanted. I am sixteen and time spills before me like a … [Read more...]

Mom, Dad: Meet My Eating Disorder

Rachel Gardner

By Hannah White Anorexia is innately personal. It's between you and your flesh, you and your bones. It's a body count of one. It causes you to withdraw within yourself, to turn from our food-laden world and burrow into a space of so-called control. Your "safe foods" go into your mouth, and no one else's. It's not a plea for … [Read more...]

The Accidental Racism of Matthew McConaughey’s Redskins Nostalgia

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By Olivia A. Cole for The Daily Dot, with permission Too many conversations destined for doom begin with sentences like this: "We were all fine with it back in the good old days!" Matthew McConaughey has found himself bathed in unwelcome limelight after expressing something similar: his desire for the Redskins' mascot (which has … [Read more...]

Why We Compare Ourselves to Others on Social Media and How to Stop

Jannie Chien

By Emily Holland for Tiny Buddha, cross-posted with permission "The reason we struggle with insecurity is because we compare our behind-the-scenes with everyone else's highlight reel." –Steve Furtick We all have certain triggers that can cause our confidence to take a sudden nosedive. For some, it's a trip to the gym. If … [Read more...]

How Disordered Eating Taught Me Balance

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By Z Zoccolante Accomplishing a goal, like climbing a mountain, requires consistency and forward momentum, despite the desire to remain comfortably in place. At the height of the climb we're privy to the breathtaking stars, the vast expanse of the world in panoramic sprawl. The compilation of each step draws us closer to … [Read more...]

Why the Media Still Doesn’t Get Lesbianism Right

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By Tasha Sanders, Intern 2014 Turn on the TV today and you'll see more depictions of LGBT* than ever before. This increase has resulted in society becoming more accepting of this minority group. Mainstream audiences have been exposed through shows such as Will & Grace, The Fosters, and the wildly popular Modern Family, in … [Read more...]

Aging Through the Eyes of a 23-Year-Old

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By Caryn Rubanovich, Intern 2014 I grew up continents away from my grandparents—they lived in Russia and Israel, and I lived in Chicago. Yes, I got to visit them every few years or so, but I never had an understanding of what life was like for them. I knew on a superficial level some of the struggles they had to go through, but … [Read more...]

Girls in Pants and Boys in Princess Costumes — The Horror!

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By Gabrielle DeFranceschi of The Language Effect, cross-posted with permission Flipping through this year's Halloween magazines, I realized I might actually cry tears of joy if I saw a little boy pictured in a princess costume, or a little girl dressed as Superman. It is 2014, after all, and we have come a long way in the past … [Read more...]

Reign’s Rape Problem

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By Anne Thériault at The Belle Jar, cross-posted with permission Trigger warning: rape When I first heard about the CW show Reign, I knew that it was going to be my next guilty pleasure. A young Mary Stuart and her ladies-in-waiting living with Catherine de'Medici in Renaissance France? Yes please. Court intrigue and awkward … [Read more...]

Is Your Halloween Costume Racist?

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By Kat Lazo for Everyday Feminism, cross-posted with permission Halloween is a holiday about glorifying all things spooky and scary, a day to dress up in a costume for the sake of having fun. Unfortunately, sometimes the "fun" comes at the expense of others, and the scariest thing is how rampant racism is on Halloween. Before … [Read more...]