Binary Thinking About Body Image Hurts Us All

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By Vinjeru Mkandawire at Fem2pt0 “They say that white has might And thin is in, well that’s just bull. Cause ladies, big is back And as for black, it’s beautiful” -Hairspray: “Big, Blonde and Beautiful” A Washington Post-Kaiser Family Foundation poll surfaced earlier this year finding that black women have overall … [Read more...]

How Yoga Changed My Mind (And My Relationship to My Body)

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By Melanie Klein For the women in my family, the body was a source of anxiety, shame, a measure of discipline and worth – something to fret over, scrutinize, and punish for bad behavior. Food invoked anxiety and fear. Calories were meticulously tracked and exercised away as quickly as possible. The women openly complained … [Read more...]

Skinny, Curvy, and Still Not Fitting the Mold

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By Chelsey Anderson Whether you're a seasoned body image activist or an average consumer of Western media, no doubt you've noticed the battle between the “curvy” and skinny body ideal. After decades of being bombarded with images of extremely thin models and starving ourselves to fit the waif-mold many women and … [Read more...]

“Attention: People With Body Parts”

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By Melissa A. Fabello "I sit on the freckled sidewalk miles and years later. You bend in the humid air, bowing down to the grass mingling between the cracks. You, like the grass, would always come back. Through the cracks, through the scar tissue of my razor-cut legs. I trace my fingertips through your misplaced feathers, early … [Read more...]

Five Lessons in Loving Your Body

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By Maddie Ruud Today is Love Your Body Day (#LYBD), inspiring all of us to take stock of our personal relationships with our bodies--an area where we all have room for improvement. For 15 years, the NOW (National Organization for Women) Foundation has encouraged us to challenge society’s messages that our worth as women is … [Read more...]

The War Within: Your Body, Your Self

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By Maddie Ruud It’s easy to feel like your body is the enemy. After all, Western philosophy is heavily dependent on the idea of dualism (the idea that the body and mind are separate), and we’re surrounded by propaganda that rams that message home. Advertising rhetoric is full of language that aggressively pits “us” (ie., our … [Read more...]

Size Me: Finding Perfection When you Can’t Find Your Size

Bellydance for body justice and joy!

By Etang Inyang Since I hit puberty, I have shopped at the “fat lady” clothing stores. It was impressed upon me from an early age that I had limited options. In cramped dressing rooms with a pool of clothing at my feet, I was pressed by my impatient aunt, “Hurry up and decide between that pink flowery dress and that orange n’ … [Read more...]

In the Mirror: What Do You See?

"Mirror" by Paul Delvaux

By Ophira Edut, Pia Guerrero & Sharon Haywood, AdiosBarbie.com Editors Why do you look in the mirror? And what’s happening in your head when you do? Mirror time is often distracted, a place to procrastinate or drift to when you feel anxious. In the midst of a creative block, we’ve popped non-existent zits, pinched our … [Read more...]

Size Bashing on “Project Runway”: Why Heidi Should Say “Auf Wiedersehen” to Ven Budhu

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By Sayantani DasGupta I’ve been feeling a bit run down lately and part of my self-care regimen has (obviously) been the online watching of a lot of back-episodes of the TV shows I’ve missed this summer. Over the last couple days, I’ve been catching up on that Tim Gunn and Heidi Klum-fueled hour of eyecandy for armchair … [Read more...]

Subverting the Beauty Paradigm: Questioning the Relationship Between Body Image and Self Image, in Yoga & Beyond

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By Carol Horton A few weeks ago at my oldest son’s 8th grade graduation, I watched one 14-year-old girl after another walk awkwardly but determinedly across the school auditorium stage in skin-tight strapless mini-dresses and high stiletto heels. This was the first time that I’d seen these young teenage girls, many of whom … [Read more...]