How I Learned to Love My Pale Skin

By Giorgia Guazzarotti As I'm sitting here, I'm assaulted by doubts. Wracked with guilt. Tempted to hit "cancel" and delete this whole thing. It feels wrong to complain about the color of my skin. My white skin. I'm Caucasian. A member of that privileged caste that will never know racism. I don't have to worry that a … [Read more...]

All Weight Loss Doesn’t Deserve Applause

By Janaya Greene, Intern 2015 Dance Moms head dance instructor Abby Lee Miller has stunned the world with her recent weight loss. While choreographing her Lifetime show, she never let her size determine how intricate her routines were or how well she would teach them to her dance students. So when Miller told People magazine … [Read more...]

Why the #DontJudgeMe and #BeautyInAll Movements Represent Female Empowerment

By Nicki Karimipour Every morning, I wake up with a great sense of hope for humanity — but 10 minutes spent scanning Twitter usually cures me of it. Until this week, when I came across a hashtag that made me pause. Twitter users were tagging their tweets #BeautyInAll and posting makeup-less selfies in order to showcase the … [Read more...]

Speak Up: Recalibrating the Relationship Between Body Image and Assertiveness

Editor's note: Studies have shown that around age 10 girls begin to decrease their assertiveness in the classroom. It's important to note that this behavior does not occur in a vacuum. A lack of role models, gender bias exhibited by adults, media messages and the hypersexualization and pinkification of girlhood greatly impact a … [Read more...]

Transforming Negative Body Image Into Body Acceptance

By Camille Malecha, MA, LPC We have been conditioned to blame our bodies for any limitations or struggles we experience. We hear phrases such as "If only I were thinner, prettier, taller ..." and may believe that our bodies are what need to be fixed. What if, rather than trying to change our bodies, we try to change how … [Read more...]

The Empowerment Project: Meditations on Fear

By Vanessa Leigh for SweetLeigh, cross-posted with permission People everywhere are constantly telling us to love ourselves. Especially now that body positivity is a "trending" topic. I really dislike the word and concept behind the word "trend"... It often feels hard and challenging to love ourselves, and I've written a little … [Read more...]

My Mom Taught Me to Shave My Legs. My Dad Never Taught Me to Shave My Face.

By Christina Fisanick Greer I am up close to the mirror, straining to see the finer hairs near the left corner of my upper lip. It's near daylight, and I am trying to finish shaving before my husband gets up for work. He knows that I shave my face every day, but it is not something for which I welcome an audience. My awkward, … [Read more...]

6 Scary Facts That Prove Size Discrimination Is Real

By Sarah Landrum We're told not to judge a book by its cover, but then moments later hear about the importance of first impressions. Certain things about our appearance are easier to control than others. You can easily get a new haircut or start wearing a more professional wardrobe, but other things are less easy to control, … [Read more...]

A Hairy Situation: Body Hair and Gender Construction

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

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...]