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...]

How I Stopped Worrying and Started Loving My Boobs

Melissa Maples

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

A Proactiv ad that drives home society's point that clear skin equals happiness

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...]