Transforming Negative Body Image Into Body Acceptance

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By Camille Malecha, MA, LPC We have been conditioned to blame our bodies for any limitations or struggles we experience. We hear phrases such as "If only I were thinner, prettier, taller ..." and may believe that our bodies are what need to be fixed. What if, rather than trying to change our bodies, we try to change how … [Read more...]

The Empowerment Project: Meditations on Fear

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By Vanessa Leigh for SweetLeigh, cross-posted with permission People everywhere are constantly telling us to love ourselves. Especially now that body positivity is a "trending" topic. I really dislike the word and concept behind the word "trend"... It often feels hard and challenging to love ourselves, and I've written a little … [Read more...]

My Mom Taught Me to Shave My Legs. My Dad Never Taught Me to Shave My Face.

Martin Melcher

By Christina Fisanick Greer I am up close to the mirror, straining to see the finer hairs near the left corner of my upper lip. It's near daylight, and I am trying to finish shaving before my husband gets up for work. He knows that I shave my face every day, but it is not something for which I welcome an audience. My awkward, … [Read more...]

6 Scary Facts That Prove Size Discrimination Is Real

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By Sarah Landrum We're told not to judge a book by its cover, but then moments later hear about the importance of first impressions. Certain things about our appearance are easier to control than others. You can easily get a new haircut or start wearing a more professional wardrobe, but other things are less easy to control, … [Read more...]

A Hairy Situation: Body Hair and Gender Construction

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By Rosanna Brunwin, Intern 2015 "Hey, just so you know, your armpits are hairy." I was working my shift behind a local bar when a customer, who had been sitting by the bar for a fair while already, "helpfully" pointed out my underarms. "I know," I said. "I like them like that." He was incredulous that I had purposefully … [Read more...]

Food Is Food: Taking Morality Off the Table

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By Kate Walford, Intern 2015 Food is food. But what is food in our society? A luxury. A disparity. A contest. An unrequited love. A number with a moral value. Something to control. Food is imbued with so many meanings and values. Some of which are wonderful. Some of which are increasingly harmful. The way society's spun … [Read more...]

This Summer, Can We Say No to the Body Police?

Martin Varsavsky

By Jess Frankovich Where I'm from, it gets cold. And it snows. A lot. So on the first day it gets above the freezing point, the locals naturally get excited. We dust off our shorts and tank tops. We head to the mall and splurge on bikinis. We pack a bag and head to the beach. As it gets warmer, less clothes are worn. Makes … [Read more...]

The Selfie Project: Staying in the Picture

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By Jessica Roberts (Intern 2015) When I was still pregnant with my daughter, I made three goals for myself as a new parent. First, I would tell my girl that I loved her, out loud and unprompted, every single day. Second, I wanted to make play a priority — something that didn't come naturally to me but I was willing to practice. … [Read more...]

Does Make-up Make Mommy Beautiful?

Laura Tou

By Erin Brown from I Am Erin Brown, cross-posted with permission The first time I put on make-up in front of my daughter, she was just a few days old. She was lying there like a tiny lump of newborn human and I gave my first "you get to be who you are" speech. It went something like this: "Mommy likes to put on her eyebrows. You … [Read more...]

What Does Capitalism Have to Do With Body Image Anyway?

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By Grace Manger Recently, a visiting psychotherapist who specializes in eating disorder recovery gave a lecture on my college campus. As the facilitator of my school's Women, Food, and Bodies group and as someone who wrote her thesis on pro–disordered eating websites, I was expected by campus faculty and staff to attend. … [Read more...]