The Power of Social Media and the Thigh Gap Trap

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By Nicki Karimipour The thigh gap is everywhere—on social media sites, television, in books and clothing catalogs. It was even rumored that Beyoncé digitally altered photographs posted to her Instagram so that it appeared as if she had a thigh gap. Most of you know that a thigh gap refers to the empty space between a woman's … [Read more...]

Running from Self-Objectification

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By Lexie Kite from Beauty Redefined, cross-posted with permission When we grow up surrounded by appearance-obsessed media's "Weight Less, Smile More!!" and "Perfect Your Parts, Perfect Your Life!!" headlines plastered everywhere, those messages rake in billions and get us nowhere closer to real health and happiness. Instead, … [Read more...]

Protecting our Daughters’ Self-Esteem: How does the Internet Harm Our Girls?

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By Amy Williams In a world where trending stories revolve around human Barbies and celebrity plastic surgery fails, it's easy to get distracted by superficial concerns. Selfies and "belfies" (pictures of a person's toned backside) flood teens' news feeds begging for "likes" and comments. Social media and the Internet play huge … [Read more...]

A Life in Loathed Body Parts

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By Hannah White For me, it started with my arms. I was in kindergarten when a classmate called Amy—I remember her vividly—approached me from across the room. “You have hair on your arms, like a bear,” she observed. My eyes dropped as I looked from her smooth white arms to the light-colored hair on my own, and it became … [Read more...]

Cutting Fatphobic Language Out of Your Life

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By Erin McKelle, cross-posted with permission from Everyday Feminism Our society has a very complicated relationship with the word "fat." You've probably heard it used as an insult, as a micro-aggression, and exploited by the diet industry as a shaming tool. You've probably also heard it used as a tool for prejudice. You've … [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...]

Overweight Americans Have the Lowest Risk of Premature Death

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By Lisa Wade, PhD at Sociological Images Last year the Journal of the American Medical Association released a study aiming to determine the relationship between body mass index and the risk of premature death. Body mass index, or BMI, is the ratio between your height and weight. According to the National Institutes of Health, … [Read more...]

How To Support People’s Health Issues Without Fat Shaming

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By Erin McKelle at Everyday Feminism, cross-posted with permission There’s a lot of propaganda about how being overweight negatively affects your health in seemingly every way possible. Because a lot of this is considered to be factual (even though there are numerous studies that disprove the myth that being overweight is … [Read more...]

Body Image and Our Kids: Getting the Words Right

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By Cherie Ditcham In the film Memento, a man suffering from short-term memory loss tattoos clues to himself on his body to help remind him of his identity. Unfortunately, the memory he is remembering isn’t the real story. Now, imagine if every word that you spoke about yourself appeared on your skin like a tattoo. What would … [Read more...]

Read My Hips: A Body Image Memoir By Kim Brittingham

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Sometimes the journey to body positivity can feel like a lonely one. We’re surrounded on all sides by advertisements urging us to lose that last xx pounds, dye those pesky gray hairs back to their “natural” color, or try the latest miracle cure guaranteed to melt off pounds and pounds of fat. (Is it just me, or does anything at all … [Read more...]