Gyms: Made For Body Building or Bashing?

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By Gabby Vachon When I entered my gym’s locker room the day after New Year’s, there was something strange about the usual crowd I usually encountered. Perhaps it was the snarl of disgust adorning their faces? Nevertheless, I paid them little attention, until I turned around and spotted the object of their disarming stares. A … [Read more...]

Judging Others, Avoiding Ourselves: Grappling With Body Negativity

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By Jarune Uwujaren  Originally published at Everyday Feminism and cross-posted with permission. You judge people. I’m not judging you for it. I do it, too. And judging people for judging people is a rabbit hole I don’t plan on going down. But how many of the judgments that you make about other people based on … [Read more...]

The Good, The Bad, and The Selfie

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By Allison Epstein Ah, the selfie. The autobiography of the photographic world. The 2013 Word of the Year for the Oxford English Dictionary (or OED). And the subject of many a heated debate. It’s difficult to escape its influence, either in your Facebook news feed or in the mainstream media. The OED estimates that the usage … [Read more...]

Modern Beauty Standards Imposed on Classic Art Show Narrowness of Today’s Ideal

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by Rebecca Hains Originally published at rebeccahains.wordpress.com; cross-posted with permission. Several years ago, I was admiring the Venus de Milo at the Louvre when a group of American teens approached. Eyeing the statue, one girl blurted out: “She’s so fat.”Her friends laughed and agreed, but her comment just made me … [Read more...]

How You Should Feel About Your Body When You’re Pregnant

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By Kate Fridkis Originally published at Eat The Damn Cake, cross-posted with permission. “If this is your first pregnancy, you may be especially bothered by changes in your body image,” said the Mayo Clinic Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy, published in 2011. It went on to clarify, “Simply put, you may feel fat and … [Read more...]

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...]