Shake It Out: What Zumba Taught Me About Tackling Fitness Standards and Loving My Body

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By Amber Ikeman, Intern 2014 I used to hate dancing. Well, it wasn't so much that I hated it - I thought I was terrible at it. I took dance classes all throughout high school as part of my specialized performing arts program. Four years of ballet, jazz, tap, and modern, and most days I left class crying or feeling extremely … [Read more...]

Shaving Your Legs Is Not Feminist (But You Can Still Be A Feminist And Shave)

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By Anne Thériault from The Belle Jar, cross-posted with permission. I posted this picture (by Natalya Lobanova) on my Facebook page yesterday and received a bunch of varying responses to it. Some people loved it. A bunch of people shared it. But some also found it insulting and judgmental, and took it as a criticism of women who … [Read more...]

Solution for the “Confusing” Gender-Neutral Toilet Sign Issue

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By Sam Killermann from It's Pronounced Metrosexual, cross-posted with permission. A while ago I had the opportunity to sit in on some meetings where a group was lobbying their state legislators for gender-neutral bathrooms. Recently, I attended a town hall where the same issue came up. In both cases, the elected officials were … [Read more...]

50% More: Body Confidence

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By Caitlin Boyle from Operation Beautiful, and cross-posted with permission. Through my work with Operation Beautiful, I’ve talked to hundreds upon hundreds of girls and women, interviewed a dozen or so psychologists, and worked closely with professionals at eating disorder clinics and organizations like NEDA (National Eating … [Read more...]

Keep Calm and Find Body Peace: A Review of Dr. Deah’s Calmanac

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By Erin McKelle and Allison Epstein AE: It’s laid out like a more portable version of the Farmer’s Almanac, but readers of Dr. Deah’s Calmanac will be gaining knowledge about more than just planting advice and what days it’s expected to rain. This is no almanac - it’s a calmanac, designed to, in its own words, “plan our garden … [Read more...]

Why I’m A Body Image Activist

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By Melissa A. Fabello Recently, my friend Laci made a video called “Why I’m a Feminist,” which listed over fifty reasons why she thinks that gender equality is a necessary endeavor. My first thought was “Hell yeah, Laci!” My second thought was “Shit, I need to make one of those.” Because as a body image activist, I get a … [Read more...]

8 Ways To Feel Totally Sexy And Confident – Without BuzzFeed’s Impossible Beauty Standards

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By Amber Ikeman (Intern 2014) If you surf social media sites for more than 60 seconds at a time, you’ve probably come across a link to a BuzzFeed page. Facebook and other social media sites are riddled with links to videos, memes or quizzes that can easily impact ideals of beauty, gender and sexuality. Engaging with these pieces … [Read more...]

Reclaiming Mother’s Day

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Cross-posted with permission from The White Noise Collective. As Mother’s Day approaches, the White Noise Collective is once again faced with more questions than answers about this national holiday with a rich but forgotten history. We all agree that the current mainstream celebration of Mother’s Day — adorned with endless … [Read more...]

6 Things I Understand About The Fat Acceptance Movement

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By Jes Baker This piece originally appeared on The Militant Baker and has been cross-posted here with permission. First, a little information about me, because I'm sure the first thing people will do upon reading this is make assumptions about who I am: I am a 27 year old American woman who is comprehensively involved in the … [Read more...]

Addressing Privilege: Why It’s Hard, Why It’s Necessary

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By Allison Epstein, Associate Editor In my younger days, the big fads were slap bracelets and Pokémon cards. Today, it’s Buzzfeed quizzes. There’s a quiz on everything, from “Which One Of Jesus’ Disciples Are You?” (Saint Andrew) to “How Many Life Skills Do You Have?” (52/100, so apparently it’s a miracle I’ve lived to 22). But … [Read more...]