4 Lies Western Philosophy Teaches Us About Our Bodies

Kate Walford

By Kate Walford, Intern 2015 What is a good body? How do you know? The simple answer to "why are some bodies considered perfect and others not?" would be "social construct!" This is what I was told as a teenager and during eating disorder recovery. "Oh, society will tell you to be skinny. But don't listen to them, it … [Read more...]

“I Tried to Have Sex with a Porcupine”: Dodging the Stigma of Self-harm

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By Rosanna Brunwin, Intern 2015 TW: This piece candidly discusses self-harm, which may be triggering for some readers. Despite statistically affecting one in four of us, mental health is shrouded in stigma and often goes undiscussed. Unless your mental health problems manifest in self-harm — then suddenly it's everybody's … [Read more...]

“But You Don’t Look Sick” — Living With a Chronic Invisible Illness

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By Jessica Roberts, Intern 2015 "Mom," I choked into the phone. "Mom, I —" Mom, I can't breathe. Mom, I'm clawing at my legs and arms, like I'm trying to break out of my own skin. Mom, I think I'm dying. "Jessica? Jessica!" My mother's voice carried through the phone and across the country. "You're OK. Just take a … [Read more...]

How I Learned to Love My Pale Skin

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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...]

The Evolution of Pregnancy: From Shame to Post-baby Bodies and Kim Kardashian West

NY Daily News

By Nicki Karimipour Kim Kardashian West is in the limelight again for one of her magazine cover appearances — but this time, she's fully clothed. Who could forget about the time she tried to break the Internet with her racy Paper Magazine  cover in winter 2014? Kim K. appeared, sans (visible) makeup, on the cover of the … [Read more...]

All Weight Loss Doesn’t Deserve Applause

People Magazine

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...]

Speak Up: Recalibrating the Relationship Between Body Image and Assertiveness

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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

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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...]

5 Unexpected Truths About Aging No One Talks About

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by Cyndi Springford   “Women may be the one group that grows more radical with age.” — Gloria Steinem My early impressions of aging were, of course, procured by watching my parents deal with it. Both of them have their fair share of hang-ups when it comes to appearance. Mom would spend almost two hours fussing … [Read more...]

6 Ways to Reconcile Your Eating Disorder with Your Feminism

Carolina Ponce

By Melissa A. Fabello for Everyday Feminism, cross-posted with permission Part of my job as a managing editor at Everyday Feminism is to field the emails that come flooding into our inbox. As harrowing as this can sometimes be — as you can imagine — it's also an incredibly useful tool to get a feel for what our readers are … [Read more...]