The Sound of Silence: Giving a Voice to Anorexia

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By Allison Epstein, Intern (2013) Writing doesn’t scare me. Bats circling over the roof of my house scare me. When the spider crawling across my desk suddenly disappears and I have no idea where it went, that scares me. Writing? I’ve got this. But looking at my blank screen while trying to write this post, I was terrified. I’ve … [Read more...]

Go Barefaced to Raise Awareness for Eating Disorders on Monday, Feb. 25th

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  By Valerie Martin In December 2011, The Renfrew Center Foundation – a non-profit charitable organization dedicated to advancing the education, prevention, research and treatment of eating disorders – commissioned a study of nearly 1,300 women ages 18 and up. Their goal was to capture women’s feelings about and … [Read more...]

The American Dream? Eight Ways the 2013 Miss America Pageant Failed at Equality

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  By Chelsey Anderson Last month, the Miss America Pageant crowned Mallory Hagan, 23, as its newest winner, who will have the ability to support a cause of her choosing, travel and speak all over the United States, and put $50K towards furthering her education. While the Miss America competition is often touted as being … [Read more...]

Skinny, Curvy, and Still Not Fitting the Mold

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By Chelsey Anderson Whether you're a seasoned body image activist or an average consumer of Western media, no doubt you've noticed the battle between the “curvy” and skinny body ideal. After decades of being bombarded with images of extremely thin models and starving ourselves to fit the waif-mold many women and … [Read more...]

Boobs are for Sex: The Sexualization of Pregnancy & Breastfeeding in Advertising Part II

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By Elizabeth Ganley-Roper and Julia Fuller-Kling  In our first article, we explored how breastfeeding mothers feel about their bodies, the portrayal of breastfeeding celebrities in the media, and how these representations can have negative and positive effects on mothers. In this second article, we’ve chosen to focus on specific … [Read more...]

Size Me: Finding Perfection When you Can’t Find Your Size

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By Etang Inyang Since I hit puberty, I have shopped at the “fat lady” clothing stores. It was impressed upon me from an early age that I had limited options. In cramped dressing rooms with a pool of clothing at my feet, I was pressed by my impatient aunt, “Hurry up and decide between that pink flowery dress and that orange n’ … [Read more...]

Femme Invisibility: On Passing Right by Your People and Not Being Recognized

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By Melissa A. Fabello “So? How do you attract women, then?” I let out one of those awkward laughs that sound more like blurting out Surprise! “I’m serious,” my friend wailed, seeming embarrassed for having asked.  She broke off a piece of the brownie that we were sharing and stuffed it into her mouth, a look of defeat on … [Read more...]

Subverting the Beauty Paradigm: Questioning the Relationship Between Body Image and Self Image, in Yoga & Beyond

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By Carol Horton A few weeks ago at my oldest son’s 8th grade graduation, I watched one 14-year-old girl after another walk awkwardly but determinedly across the school auditorium stage in skin-tight strapless mini-dresses and high stiletto heels. This was the first time that I’d seen these young teenage girls, many of whom … [Read more...]

Olympic Women Succeed, but is it Really Fair Play?

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By Emma Shakarshy This Sunday the Olympic flame will be extinguished, marking the end of the 2012 summer Olympic Games in London. In addition to honoring and celebrating the achievements of all the Olympic athletes, the Closing Ceremony unites the world's athletes who will march together as 'one nation'. It's been a rousing few … [Read more...]

“I’m Not A Size Zero. Can I Practice Yoga?”: Anna Guest-Jelley Says “Yes!”

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By Melanie Klein, Contributor Anna Guest-Jelley is the founder of Curvy Yoga — a training & inspiration portal for curvy yogis & their teachers. As a writer, teacher and lifelong champion for women’s empowerment and body acceptance, Anna encourages women of every size, age and ability to grab life by the curves. And … [Read more...]