4 Variations on the Body-positive Movement and Why We Need Them

By Kira Rakova For the longest time, I struggled with the concept of body positivity. My interaction with the notion often felt forced. Body-positive mantras and affirmations felt constrained and empty when I tried them out. I had trouble viewing my body through an exclusively positive lens because I felt that I was still … [Read more...]

The Weight/Health Conspiracy: A Conversation With Body of Truth Author Harriet Brown

By Kate Walford, Intern 2015 Size discrimination doesn't just focus on looks. America's so-called "obesity epidemic" has led the medical establishment to push a policy based on healthism, focused on weight as an indicator of health. The idea that one can tell a person's health based on their size is complete bullshit—and Harriet … [Read more...]

7 Ways Body Positivity Can Be More Inclusive of Non-binary and Queer Individuals

By Meg Zulch for Bustle, cross-posted with permission In recent years, the body positivity movement has been inarguably important in helping people grow to accept their bodies (especially those whose bodies have been marginalized for not fitting into conventional beauty standards), whilst calling for representation in the … [Read more...]

Forget Body Love: Where Is the You-Are-More-Than-Your-Body Movement for Women?

By Kate Walford, Intern 2015 Love your body! It's a message that the body-positive movement is working very hard on. With all the messages the media sends women about their bodies — that they must look a certain way, that they need all sorts of products and exercises and diets in order to be worthy of love and attention — the … [Read more...]

Me, My Hair, and My Brownness

By Shailee Koranne for The Aerogram, cross-posted with permission Nine years old: I find a tube of hair removal cream in the bathroom. I decide to use it on my arms, but it takes too long and smells awful, so I get rid of the hair on one arm and not the other. I wear a turtleneck in the middle of June until it grows back. I don't … [Read more...]

29 Lessons I’ve Learned About My Body in 29 Years

By Jessica Roberts, Intern 2015 Oh, hello there, 29th birthday. Here come the wrinkles. Is that a gray hair? Are parts getting ... droopier? As a woman, I think I'm supposed to feel some kind of fear or anxiety about the approaching third decade of my life: the signs of aging, the mortgage, the sense that I'm supposed to … [Read more...]

4 Lies Western Philosophy Teaches Us About Our Bodies

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

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

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

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...]