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...]

How I Stopped Worrying and Started Loving My Boobs

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By Lauren Hockenson for Femsplain, cross-posted with permission When I thought no one was looking, I locked myself in the bathroom that I shared with my four brothers and sisters to stare at myself in the mirror. At nearly eleven years old, scrawny and small, I could really only see the upper part of my torso. But that was all … [Read more...]

Authentically Loving the Skin I’m In … Marks and All

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By Maria Hanophy, intern 2015 When you think of being body positive, you probably think of loving the parts of your body that society tells you to hate: your thighs, your hips, or your stomach. But would you ever think to include your acne on the list of things to love about yourself? As the body's largest organ, our skin … [Read more...]

This Year, #LoveTheMirror

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By Jes Baker at The Militant Baker, cross-posted with permission All images by Jade Beall Photography I'm sure you've made your resolutions by now, and feel as though you've gotten them all. And while this could be true, I have a feeling you might have forgotten the most important one. The Body Love Conference team would like … [Read more...]

“One Size Fits Most” Almost None of the Time

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By Caryn Rubanovich, Intern 2015 Dear Brandy Melville, I've been thinking about you and your stores quite a bit recently. Frankly, I'm confused and frustrated by the mixed messages you're sending. It's only fair for us to talk this out. I didn't know you existed until relatively recently. But it seems that if you ask any … [Read more...]

Why I’m Not Furious about Mannequins with Visible Ribs

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By Z Zoccolante Normally I'm not one to write an article in response to something that has already been extensively commented on. However, this time I'm making an exception. The article in question is titled "Mannequin with Visible Rib Cage Causes Concern," by Kayleen Schaefer, who presents the issue clearly and objectively … [Read more...]

Diet Culture: An Introduction & Condemnation

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By Melissa A. Fabello To those of you who complain about my socialist, anti-heteropatriarchal dogma ruining the lives of children everywhere, you're gonna love this one. Because today, I want to talk about the ways in which diet culture is a fabricated sham that exists solely to uphold capitalism. But first, I want to … [Read more...]

Sons of Anarchy’s Ron Perlman Proves Body Image Concerns Men Too

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By Asha Daya at GirlTalkHQ, cross-posted with permission Body image is a big deal in society today. A quick search of the term on our website will bring up a plethora of articles about celebrities, bloggers, moms, and women who have struggled with their self-image and want to speak up about it to empower others. But what about … [Read more...]

Hey Facebook: Ditch the Body-Shaming Emoticons

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By Allison Epstein Love it or hate it, when Facebook rolled out its new "Feelings" feature mid-2013, the nature of the status update shifted. If you were like me, you gave it some serious side-eye at first. Do we really need our social networks to express our emotions for us? Have we lost the ability to type "Feeling good … [Read more...]

Skinny Women, Fat Paychecks: Weight Discrimination in the Office

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By Briana North Bad news, ladies: we not only have to worry about the ongoing gender wage gap, it turns out we have to worry about a weight wage gap as well. Oh, and what's more, that weight discrimination is inextricably linked to gender. Prejudice and Pounds Sadly, weight-based discrimination is hardly new and hardly … [Read more...]