5 Ways Body Shaming Is More Than an Issue of “Thin Vs. Fat”

One of my friends—let’s call her Ruth—has been a bit overweight for most of her life. She’s the same dress size that half of women in the country are at or above, but with her short height and small frame, it has drawn “concern” from doctors and criticism from people around her. I—and you know my name—have spent the majority of … [Read more...]

The Power of Hair Can Be Deeply Rooted

By "OJ" Jamie for thirdwheelED, cross-posted with permission Caveat: Long post. Short hair. Yesterday, I cut my hair. Short. The shortest it’s ever been. I hadn’t necessarily been planning to do this. In fact, when I left to get my hair cut, I told CJ I was just getting a trim. But when I got to the salon, the hairdresser … [Read more...]

Why Eating Disorders Are More Than a “Western” Problem

By Kira Rakova for the World Eating Disorders Day blog, cross-posted with permission A year ago, while I was in Morocco, I asked a Moroccan woman about eating disorders in the country. After spending time trying to explain what I meant by “eating disorder,” the woman replied this was not something that happened in Morocco. Sure, … [Read more...]

The BMI Is Bullshit, and Other Thoughts From My Doctor’s Office

“Here, take these,” he said. “We give them to everyone.” I stared at the nurse and reached for the papers he was holding. I had been to this clinic several times before, and my appointments had never ended like this. His tone remained relatively normal, although he seemed uncomfortable. He smiled and leaned toward me to show … [Read more...]

4 Reasons to Break Up With Your Fitness Tracker

By Allison Epstein Tuesday morning, 9 a.m. I stand up, snatch my phone, and mosey across the office to ask a coworker a question. 11 a.m., I tuck my phone into my pocket and walk over to top off my coffee. 8:15 p.m., I meander around the kitchen, phone in hand, pulling beans and a box of rice out of the cabinet. Hello. My … [Read more...]

Eating & Living: A Recipe Book for Eating Disorder Recovery

Eating disorders aren’t about the food. They’re about the fear, shame, judgment, anxiety, lack of self, and a whole host of other difficult emotions that manifest themselves through food and weight—not about the food. Except when they are. Because there comes a point when, whatever form of disordered eating you may be … [Read more...]

The Femisphere: A Link Round Up

Getty images via The Independent.   A Weekly Link Round Up of Body Politics & Body Justice News   Surprise! There is no formula for determining health. Yep, we’re all unique individuals. In addition to learning that FAT DOES NOT EQUAL DEATH, we are learning that many people told they had a "healthy BMI" … [Read more...]

Critical Conversations: Sheena Roetman on Body Sovereignty and Justice

Sheena Louise Roetman is the editor of the groundbreaking website Sovereign Bodies which is centered around indigenous women’s health. "By putting the concept of bodily sovereignty at the center of the mainstream dialogue about human rights and social justice, it is intended to ignite important new conversations about sexuality, … [Read more...]

Teens and Workplace Sexual Harassment: What It Means, and What You Can Do

According to a recent survey, one-third of teenage employees have been sexually harassed on the job. While this is similar to the rate adults experience harassment at work, younger victims are less likely to report their harassers or take legal action against them. And trauma inflicted at such a vulnerable age can cause serious … [Read more...]

The FEMISPHERE: A Link Roundup

Broadly features the unique struggle of Transgender youth for treatment for eating disorders, despite being more likely to suffer from one.  "There's a lot of reasons why eating disorders are prevalent in the transgender community, but it doesn't necessarily have to do with the fact that we are trans and we have bodily issues that … [Read more...]