Too Much To Love: Family, Size, and Finally Learning to Love Your Body

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By Sarah Tedesco After six stores of screaming matches, tears, a few thrown flip-flops, my grandmother, mom and I walked in to the seventh and final store to find my Bat Mitzvah dress.  I prayed it would be the last since I wasn’t sure that I could handle my mother asking me to suck in my stomach one more time. “Just stand up a … [Read more...]

The Shame of Fat-Shaming

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By Sayantani DasGupta at The Weeklings The patient is large. Very large. At more than 600 pounds, he is a mountain of flesh.  “My stomach hurts,” he says, his voice surprisingly high and childlike. The other day, a colleague brought to my attention an essay from The Washington Post called “A morbidly obese patient tests … [Read more...]

Shake It Out: What Zumba Taught Me About Tackling Fitness Standards and Loving My Body

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By Amber Ikeman, Intern 2014 I used to hate dancing. Well, it wasn't so much that I hated it - I thought I was terrible at it. I took dance classes all throughout high school as part of my specialized performing arts program. Four years of ballet, jazz, tap, and modern, and most days I left class crying or feeling extremely … [Read more...]

Shaving Your Legs Is Not Feminist (But You Can Still Be A Feminist And Shave)

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By Anne Thériault from The Belle Jar, cross-posted with permission. I posted this picture (by Natalya Lobanova) on my Facebook page yesterday and received a bunch of varying responses to it. Some people loved it. A bunch of people shared it. But some also found it insulting and judgmental, and took it as a criticism of women who … [Read more...]

I’m A Tiny Asian Woman: Eating All the Cheetos in the World Isn’t Going to Make Me Grow Bigger

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by Christina Majaski; Cross-posted with permission from xo Jane When it comes to body sizes, “normal” is often person-specific.   I’m 40 years old. I don’t think about my body too much anymore unless I’m scheming on ways to get rid of organs that seem to no longer serve any useful purpose. Like ovaries, for … [Read more...]

50% More: Body Confidence

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By Caitlin Boyle from Operation Beautiful, and cross-posted with permission. Through my work with Operation Beautiful, I’ve talked to hundreds upon hundreds of girls and women, interviewed a dozen or so psychologists, and worked closely with professionals at eating disorder clinics and organizations like NEDA (National Eating … [Read more...]

Keep Calm and Find Body Peace: A Review of Dr. Deah’s Calmanac

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By Erin McKelle and Allison Epstein AE: It’s laid out like a more portable version of the Farmer’s Almanac, but readers of Dr. Deah’s Calmanac will be gaining knowledge about more than just planting advice and what days it’s expected to rain. This is no almanac - it’s a calmanac, designed to, in its own words, “plan our garden … [Read more...]

Why I’m A Body Image Activist

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By Melissa A. Fabello Recently, my friend Laci made a video called “Why I’m a Feminist,” which listed over fifty reasons why she thinks that gender equality is a necessary endeavor. My first thought was “Hell yeah, Laci!” My second thought was “Shit, I need to make one of those.” Because as a body image activist, I get a … [Read more...]

8 Ways To Feel Totally Sexy And Confident – Without BuzzFeed’s Impossible Beauty Standards

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By Amber Ikeman (Intern 2014) If you surf social media sites for more than 60 seconds at a time, you’ve probably come across a link to a BuzzFeed page. Facebook and other social media sites are riddled with links to videos, memes or quizzes that can easily impact ideals of beauty, gender and sexuality. Engaging with these pieces … [Read more...]

6 Things I Understand About The Fat Acceptance Movement

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By Jes Baker This piece originally appeared on The Militant Baker and has been cross-posted here with permission. First, a little information about me, because I'm sure the first thing people will do upon reading this is make assumptions about who I am: I am a 27 year old American woman who is comprehensively involved in the … [Read more...]