Dare to Resolve to Ditch Dieting

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By Sharon Haywood, Co-Editor Aside from bikini season, late December and early January is the other time of year that we’re especially susceptible to feeling bad about our bodies. Special thanks to the media and the diet industry for ensuring we do by reminding us that we overindulged during the end-of-year festivities and we … [Read more...]

Remembering Ruby

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By Sharon Haywood, Co-Editor Fifty-something-old Barbie[1] might be middle-aged but she sure doesn’t show it. When she was in her 30s, her manufacturer Mattel sent her for plastic surgery, not to maintain her youthful appearance, but rather in response to market demands to morph her into a more realistic-looking doll. In 1992, … [Read more...]

Weight Stigma: Breaking it Down with Advocate and Activist Marilyn Wann

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by Jennifer Jonassen One of my biggest heroes in the struggle against fat hatred is unquestionably Marilyn Wann. Her first book, FAT?SO!, was positively revolutionary to me. I initially found myself drawn to the title as I painfully remembered that “fatso” was about the worst thing you could be called on the playground at lunch, … [Read more...]

American Apparel’s ‘Next Big Thing’ is a Big Fat Lie

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By Meghan Murphy American Apparel has never been progressive. It has never been pro-woman and it has never made much of an effort to hide it’s founder, Dov Charney‘s, pervy ways. Last year, Melanie Klein at Feminist Fatale outlined the myriad of ways in which the company has long been a terrible place for women. Charney has been … [Read more...]

Aerial Arts for All Bodies

Jennifer Jonassen takes an aerial class with Michelle Sargent. Photo by Sierra Lisa

By Jennifer Jonassen About a year ago I was working on a circus variety show in L.A. called Your Town Follies. One night, I was talking to my fellow cast mate Michelle Sargent, a seasoned professional aerial artist and circus performer. I was telling her that the beauty and artistry in aerial acts always made me cry. There was a … [Read more...]

Fashion’s Night Out: When Will We Have a Fat-shionable Fall?

F-No, we won't go! Or will we?

By Ophira Edut Summer's about over. The red carpets are rolling out (hello, MTV Video Music Awards), which means sucking, tucking and plucking season has begun again. The new fall shows, with a fresh crop of homogenous stars, will be premiering. (Oh, how I'm counting the minutes until Glee's third season.) New York City, where I … [Read more...]

Jess Weiner: When Loving Your Body Goes Wrong

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By Pia Guerrero “How Loving My Body Almost Killed Me”, a Glamour magazine interview with popular body image and self-acceptance advocate, Jess Weiner, hit magazine stands today. As you can imagine, many size-acceptance activists and advocates are not embracing the title--or the piece. … [Read more...]

Real Women Have Curves, And Don’t Have Curves, And Have…

Which of these women is more real? Kate Moss or Beth Ditto?

by Golda Poretsky, H.H.C. Lot’s of very well meaning people, when they find out what I do for a living, say something to the effect of: “Right on!  Real women have curves!” I know they mean well.  They’re saying that women’s bodies are more curvaceous than the emaciated bodies that are often held as an ideal by the … [Read more...]

Hip-Hop’s Rick Ross Gets Flack for Being Fat

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By Pia Guerrero, Co-Founder/Editor I'm no fan of Rick Ross. His incessant sexist and misogynistic rhymes make it impossible to enjoy his smoky voice and smooth melodies. Nevertheless, Ross has garnered fame and fortune by riding on his Teflon Don persona. So much so he's on the cover of the latest 'Sexy Issue' of Vibe … [Read more...]

Three Steps to Transform the National Weight Debate

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By Claire Mysko, Media Literacy and Body Image Expert The United States has issues when it comes to food, weight, and body image. There are an estimated 24 million people who suffer with eating disorders (a growing number of them are children), and even more Americans who fall into gray areas of disordered eating. Then of course … [Read more...]