Representation Matters: People of Color Are More Than a Quota


By Janaya Greene, Intern 2015 When I was about seven years old, Disney Channel was my all-time favorite TV network. I couldn't get enough of the channel's funny characters like Kim Possible and Lizzie McGuire, taking on life as young, female students trying to navigate a social life and find themselves. But it wasn't until … [Read more...]

Why Doesn’t the Literary Establishment Like Books By and About Women?

Easa Shamih

By Shani Gilchrist  This piece originally appeared on Role Reboot. Republished here with permission. Luckily, when I recently came across a New York Times essay by Jennifer Weiner about the increased pressure on female writers to tend to their looks, I was coming out of a difficult couple of weeks rather than going into them. … [Read more...]

6 Scary Facts That Prove Size Discrimination Is Real


By Sarah Landrum We're told not to judge a book by its cover, but then moments later hear about the importance of first impressions. Certain things about our appearance are easier to control than others. You can easily get a new haircut or start wearing a more professional wardrobe, but other things are less easy to control, … [Read more...]

The Body Image Movement is Due for a New Revolution and It’s About Time

Substantia Jones (Adipositivity)

By Pia Schiavo-Campo at Mixed Fat Chick, cross-posted with permission I like bodies. I think bodies are marvelous. I love their curious creases and billowing bellies. I adore their freckles, their moles, their rad wrinkles. I worship their lovely lumps and hefty humps. I revel in their sacredness. I am … [Read more...]

It’s Time to Say Farewell to Welfare Stigma

Frankie Leon

By Tasha Sanders I'm pacing outside a government assistance office, deciding whether or not to go inside. The harsh stereotypes attached to someone on welfare are humiliating, but with a child to support, I don't have a choice. After a few minutes, I go inside. I can't afford not to. I have lived most of my adult life, up … [Read more...]

Why Facebook’s Egg Donor Ads Freak Me Out (And Should Freak You Out Too)

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By Sayantani DasGupta Three white chicken eggs with smiley faces drawn on them peer out at me from a Facebook ad. (Notably, a Facebook ad forwarded to a listserv by a young woman in college, not one that popped up in my own middle-aged Facebook feed.) One of the smiling eggs exclaims, "Donate Me and Help Make a … [Read more...]

The Perils of Dating on OkCupid While Black

Kim Manley Ort

By Vanessa Willoughby for Literally Darling, cross-posted with permission Everyone seems to have a convenient solution for single people who have fallen into a monumental dating slump: Look for love online! In the age of instant gratification and lightning-speed technology, the 21st century meet-cute is about as romantic as … [Read more...]

What Does Capitalism Have to Do With Body Image Anyway?

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By Grace Manger Recently, a visiting psychotherapist who specializes in eating disorder recovery gave a lecture on my college campus. As the facilitator of my school's Women, Food, and Bodies group and as someone who wrote her thesis on pro–disordered eating websites, I was expected by campus faculty and staff to attend. … [Read more...]

Breaking Down Binge Eating Disorder

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By Tasha Sanders When I think of an eating disorder, the first thing that comes to mind is anorexia or bulimia. This might be because of my history with anorexia, but it also has to do with the media's narrow portrayal of what constitutes an eating disorder. If Lifetime isn't sensationalizing anorexia or bulimia, the tabloids … [Read more...]

Dear Ableism: It’s Not Me. It’s Really, Really You

Daniel Lobo

By Cheryl Green Dear ableism, We're not supposed to name names. You know, out of respect and all. It's painful to be publicly embarrassed! But this time I have to. You, ableism, are Danny, the Alaska Airlines manager at the Chicago-O'Hare airport who refused to open the door to the jetway for my friends after the plane had … [Read more...]