7 Microaggressions Disabled Folks Face at the Doctor’s Office—and 6 Ways to Fix Them

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By Caryn Rubanovich, Intern 2014 Imagine this: you’re in the waiting room of a new doctor’s office, eager to learn more about and start birth control. You’ve asked a family member to join you, and together you wait for the nurse to call your name for the appointment. Fifteen minutes go by. Twenty minutes. Twenty-five. You’re … [Read more...]

5 Truths on Sensuality and Cracking the Code of Body Image Problems

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By Krista Kujat About 80% of what we take in everyday comes through our vision. When we see what’s outside of ourselves, we envision possibility and what inspire desires, and it also becomes a first point of reference for comparing ourselves to others. The massive overload of media messages we receive daily tantalizes us into … [Read more...]

Skinny Guilt: Am I Not Allowed To Hate My Body?

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Skinny Guilt: Am I Not Allowed To Hate My Body? By Diane Hopkins of Women Enough ‘I’ve seen your photo and I don’t feel sorry for you,’ a woman who had suffered from poor body image told me. I guess I was asking for that- being skinny and an editor of a website that advocates positive body image for women. Straight … [Read more...]

The Truth Behind the Lena Dunham Debacle That No One is Talking About

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By Ashley-Michelle Papon Two months ago, terminally offbeat actress, producer, and all around center of attention Lena Dunham emerged as the principal critic of the rape culture glorification of and response to Celebgate. Relying on the entire Internet for her stage, Dunham executed one pretty fantastic feminist takedown after … [Read more...]

Woman Harassed with “Rape Room” Joke, Then Fired for Complaint—No Joke

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By Rebecca Hains, PhD; cross-posted with permission Rape is not a joke. It’s an act of violence. Therefore, if a male employee makes unwanted “jokes” about rape to a female co-worker, it’s logical to conclude that his actions are creating a hostile work environment. Right? Well, that’s what one woman here in Salem, Mass. … [Read more...]

Yoga Journal’s Body Image Issues: the Kathryn Budig Cover

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(Editor's note: 20.4 million people practice yoga in America. And chances are that includes you or someone you know. Yoga's original purpose is to attain mind-body-spirit oneness, but the word has steadily come to equate an exercise craze with a market worth $10 billion per year. The problem is that as a product this new "yoga" is … [Read more...]

How Julia Child Taught Me to Stop Being Perfect

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By Pia Guerrero, Founder/Co-Editor; cross-posted with permission at SheHeroes "When women were supposedly acceptable on television only if they were young, pert, beautiful, thin and without an accent, Julia ousted everyone even though she was lanky, with a voice that bellowed its New England regionalism, and didn't begin her video … [Read more...]

The Real Reason Asians Get Eyelid Surgery

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by Min Lee Here’s a trivia question for you: Which country has the highest rate of plastic surgery? Think it’s the US? Nope. Russia? Guess again. Give up? It’s South Korea. Among women ages 19-49, the most popular procedure is eyelid surgery where excess skin is reduced on the upper lid to create a more prominent double … [Read more...]

My, What Big Muscles You Can Have: Ads, Men, and Dangerous Lies

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  By Brian Cuban, Contributor Have you ever noticed those pop-up ads that appear with images of incredibly ripped celebrities, humongous body builders and the same ripped senior citizen touting what can be achieved just by taking this supplement, some testosterone or replacement regime, or that mysterious powder? … [Read more...]

I’m A Tiny Asian Woman: Eating All the Cheetos in the World Isn’t Going to Make Me Grow Bigger

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by Christina Majaski; Cross-posted with permission from xo Jane When it comes to body sizes, “normal” is often person-specific.   I’m 40 years old. I don’t think about my body too much anymore unless I’m scheming on ways to get rid of organs that seem to no longer serve any useful purpose. Like ovaries, for … [Read more...]