The Sizing Nightmare: What do Labels Tell Us about Ourselves?

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By Valerie Kusler A recent article at the New York Times has the web buzzing with rants about the inconsistency of women's clothing sizes, which, as any woman who has ever bought clothes in the U.S. knows, is nothing new. Five years ago, Newsweek did an article on vanity sizing (manufacturers' practice of putting a smaller … [Read more...]

If You’re Fat, Your Paycheck Might Not Be

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By Ashley-Michelle Papon When it comes to cultural and social inequalities between men and women, the wage gap is one of the most widely accepted yet paradoxically ignored aspects of the gendered disparity. For over 30 years, equal pay has been the law of the land, though numerous independent studies have established that … [Read more...]

The Truth About Celebrity Weight Loss

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By Claire Mysko In Hollywood, female stars who shed pounds get glamorous photo shoots and breathless “How She Did It!” cover stories. But not all slimmed-down celebrities are falling over themselves to shout their new stats from the rooftops and share their diet and exercise tips with the world. Their reluctance to do so points … [Read more...]

Carrie Fisher Joins the Ongoing “Star Wars” Against Fat

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By Ashley-Michelle Papon Carrie Fisher, the woman who launched a thousand nerd fandoms as heroine Princess Leia from “Star Wars,” has recently joined the ranks of Kirstie Alley and Valerie Bertinelli in pimping out subscription diet plans. As the newest face of Jenny Craig, Fisher discusses the pain associated with being … [Read more...]

Fat Talk Free Week: Banning the “F” Word

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By Bonnie Rochman, TIME Coming soon to a college campus near you: a ban on "fat talk." O.K., so the ban is voluntary — and temporary — but it's designed to get students to think about the psychological effect of even seemingly innocuous comments like "Omigosh, you look so good — have you lost weight?" … [Read more...]

NOW’s Love Your Body Campaign and NOH8 Join Forces to Promote Acceptance For All

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America’s Next Top Model Whitney Thompson recently created a media buzz posing nude for the Hollywood NOW's Love Your Body campaign. The Love Your Body Day photo shoot, Thompson joined by the event's creator, Chenese Lewis. The dynamic duo is back with a new campaign combining Love Your Body and NOH8, protesting California's … [Read more...]

New York Fashion Week To Include Curves

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New York Fashion Week FINALLY embraces curves with first ever plus-size fashion show by Daniel Bates at Mail Online They have traditionally been shunned from the world's catwalks in favour of stick-thin women. But the rise in popularity of plus-size models is gathering pace as New York Fashion Week prepares to host its … [Read more...]

She’s so Normal She’s FAT

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More and more mainstream media coverage looks at body image in the context of what it means to be a normal, healthy size. Unfortunately, these stories are laced with the false assumption that if you are thin you're healthy and if you're fat you are not. I know first hand that my size has nothing to do with the status of my … [Read more...]

Pop Culture’s Relentless Battle with Body Image

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By Valerie Kusler Mainstream pop culture's back-and-forth, wishy-washy affair with body image is nothing new -- but it seems to be rearing its head now more than ever. TV line-ups are springing up shows like "Huge" from ABC Family and the new fall series, "Mike & Molly" from CBS. At first glance, it's easy for mainstream … [Read more...]

The Sad Truth About Shopping for Plus Sizes

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  Last week I went shopping for my friend's birthday. I wanted to get her some clothes that she could feel confident in. Not too difficult of a task, right?  Not quite. My friend is a size 12 to plus size depending on the label. After spending nearly three hours searching one of the most popular malls in LA, I found … [Read more...]