Are Social Media Sites the New Pro-Eating Disorder Communities?

Nicki Karimipour

By Nicki Karimipour In the 1990s and 2000s, the Internet was rife with pro-eating disorder websites and their associated content, also known as pro-ana (anorexia) and pro-mia (bulimia) content. This took the form of specialized websites and message boards dedicated solely to sharing tips and tricks for losing weight, extreme … [Read more...]

5 Realities We Erase When We Focus on the Link Between Media and Eating Disorders

Alli Worthington

By Kira Rakova Media's influence is an escapable topic within the mainstream narrative of eating disorders. Whether it's writers like Naomi Wolf making the connection or European governments banning underweight models in an effort to combat anorexia, the cause-and-effect relationship between media and eating disorders is … [Read more...]

Navigating Gender Norms With My Transgender Daughter

Stephanie via Flickr

By Tasha Sanders For the first time in her life, my eight-year-old daughter is finally able to be her true self. She loves dresses, the color pink, and rocking purses with pizzazz. These may seem like normal things, but for my daughter, being able to showcase her identity publicly this way is brand-new. My daughter is … [Read more...]

The Evolution of Pregnancy: From Shame to Post-baby Bodies and Kim Kardashian West

NY Daily News

By Nicki Karimipour Kim Kardashian West is in the limelight again for one of her magazine cover appearances — but this time, she's fully clothed. Who could forget about the time she tried to break the Internet with her racy Paper Magazine  cover in winter 2014? Kim K. appeared, sans (visible) makeup, on the cover of the … [Read more...]

All Weight Loss Doesn’t Deserve Applause

People Magazine

By Janaya Greene, Intern 2015 Dance Moms head dance instructor Abby Lee Miller has stunned the world with her recent weight loss. While choreographing her Lifetime show, she never let her size determine how intricate her routines were or how well she would teach them to her dance students. So when Miller told People magazine … [Read more...]

The Tragic Tales of Eating Disorders in Fiction

Chris Lim |

By Francesca Baker Art isn't just for entertainment; it's a place to explore important issues and gritty reality. Novels, although fiction, are rooted in facts — those big facts about being human, things such as life, loss, and love. They express the experience of life, reflecting emotions and providing an outlet for thoughts. … [Read more...]

Why We Should Think Twice Before Idealizing Ruby Rose


By Sam Dylan Finch for Let's Queer Things Up!, cross-posted with permission The Internet is abuzz about Ruby Rose, a genderfluid actor, DJ, and model who appeared in Season 3 of Netflix Original Series Orange Is the New Black. While Rose is undoubtedly stunning and a perfectly lovely person, our idealization of Ruby Rose … [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...]

A Hairy Situation: Body Hair and Gender Construction

Dyamond with a Y

By Rosanna Brunwin, Intern 2015 "Hey, just so you know, your armpits are hairy." I was working my shift behind a local bar when a customer, who had been sitting by the bar for a fair while already, "helpfully" pointed out my underarms. "I know," I said. "I like them like that." He was incredulous that I had purposefully … [Read more...]

Dating With Mental Illness: Can We Start Talking About It?

Sarah Browning

By Lisbeth Leftwich, Intern 2015 Everyone you date is hiding something, right? And anyway, mental illness isn't exactly first date conversation. And besides that, isn't it fun to be seen as a new person, someone who doesn't have debilitating panic attacks ... for once? I have this internal conversation with myself every … [Read more...]