Black Women’s Asses, Cosmetic Surgery, and the Politics of Ambition

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By Aya de Leon As an ambitious woman of color, I avidly read commentary this season on Julie Chen’s remorseless decision to have eyelid surgery. With East Asian women, the body part targeted for racism is often the eyes. With black women, the first line of attack is on the hair. But our hair is a moving target.  Always growing, … [Read more...]

Breaking Bald

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By Joseph Barker If there was, is, or ever will be a debate about the struggle with body image affecting women more than men, the "comb-over" is the secret to ending it once and for all. Is there a more ridiculous phenomenon on the planet than a human being using the hair on the side of his head to cover up the missing hair … [Read more...]

“Inspiration Porn”: A Discussion

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This post is excerpted from a discussion from the team at Disability in Kid Lit. You can read more on the topic, and check out their other great work, at their website.  This week’s topic: inspiration porn. Don’t know what that is? You’ll find the answer below–we asked our contributors how they define this concept and what they … [Read more...]

Disney Starlets Getting Thinner?

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By Gabby Vachon For the last decade, The Disney Channel has successfully launched the careers of the most popular teen superstars. But are these young Hollywood starlets getting thinner, and what message does that send young viewers? I was perusing Tumblr when I found this picture of the three "generations" of Disney … [Read more...]

If You Must Think About Your Weight, Think These 10 Things

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By: Lindsay Kite and Lexie Kite from Beauty Redefined   Another day, another opportunity to think about how much space you, as a woman, take up. That’s how it feels when you can’t throw a fat-burning supplement without hitting a visual about the losing of the weight or the gaining of the weight, and who gained what, how … [Read more...]

Mythbusting: Eating Disorder Recovery Edition

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By Allison Epstein September 1st was my one-year anniversary. Not a romantic anniversary with a candlelit dinner and diamond earrings. The one-year anniversary of my recovery from an eating disorder. I don’t know if taking a day to celebrate the recovery process is common, but I wanted to commemorate the year I began … [Read more...]

“Yoga Body”: The Conspiracy

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By Danielle Prohom Olson, Yoga Divine Yoga I thought I’d said all I wanted on body image and yoga in my last post but controversy in the yoga world regarding a certain video has left me feeling I didn’t say nearly enough. Or say it clearly enough. So let me try again. The taut and toned ‘yoga body’ on display in the media … [Read more...]

Born This Way? How Sexual Orientation Does (And Doesn’t) Affect Body Image

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By Allison Epstein “Obama Admin Funding $1.5 Million Study To Find Out Why Lesbians Are Fat” “Yes, Seinfeld, Gays Really Are Thinner, Study Says” “Lesbian Women Feel Less Pressure To Have A ‘Perfect’ Body” “Manorexia Is Taking Over The Gay Community!” The media has attempted to explain the link between sexual … [Read more...]

Fat, Trans, and (Working on) Being Fine With It

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By Mey DJneres One of the scariest things about the early steps of my transition was shopping for clothes. I wasn't ready to go out in "girl mode," and even if I was, I didn't have the clothes to do so. Every time I went into a store I was deathly afraid that the cashier would ask who I was buying the dresses for, that … [Read more...]

Trans Dance: A Complicated Love

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By Beck Heiberg Dancing is athletic art, demanding your full attention as an artist and athlete. Your body and mind have to be in sync. It can be hard navigating that while dealing with trans dysphoria and distorted bodily norms. But when gender and art play together, there are no boundaries. I am currently choreographing a … [Read more...]