Break My Nose and Make Me Pretty: Why I Said No to Plastic Surgery

Paul Appleyard

By Z Zoccolante The doctor holds his finger against the bridge of my nose, covering the small bump. In the mirror, my profile looms. Little fairies jump on a trampoline in my belly. Black Sharpie lines conjoin in a fractured map along my nose, outlining the nose I've always wanted. I am sixteen and time spills before me like a … [Read more...]

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

Too skinny to have body image issues?  Diane Hopkins doesn't think so?

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...]

Why We Compare Ourselves to Others on Social Media and How to Stop

Jannie Chien

By Emily Holland for Tiny Buddha, cross-posted with permission "The reason we struggle with insecurity is because we compare our behind-the-scenes with everyone else's highlight reel." –Steve Furtick We all have certain triggers that can cause our confidence to take a sudden nosedive. For some, it's a trip to the gym. If … [Read more...]

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

Woman running

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

Julia Child

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

Photo by Jodi Green

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...]