The Empowerment Project: Meditations on Fear

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By Vanessa Leigh for SweetLeigh, cross-posted with permission People everywhere are constantly telling us to love ourselves. Especially now that body positivity is a "trending" topic. I really dislike the word and concept behind the word "trend"... It often feels hard and challenging to love ourselves, and I've written a little … [Read more...]

My Mom Taught Me to Shave My Legs. My Dad Never Taught Me to Shave My Face.

Martin Melcher

By Christina Fisanick Greer I am up close to the mirror, straining to see the finer hairs near the left corner of my upper lip. It's near daylight, and I am trying to finish shaving before my husband gets up for work. He knows that I shave my face every day, but it is not something for which I welcome an audience. My awkward, … [Read more...]

This Summer, Can We Say No to the Body Police?

Martin Varsavsky

By Jess Frankovich Where I'm from, it gets cold. And it snows. A lot. So on the first day it gets above the freezing point, the locals naturally get excited. We dust off our shorts and tank tops. We head to the mall and splurge on bikinis. We pack a bag and head to the beach. As it gets warmer, less clothes are worn. Makes … [Read more...]

The Selfie Project: Staying in the Picture

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By Jessica Roberts (Intern 2015) When I was still pregnant with my daughter, I made three goals for myself as a new parent. First, I would tell my girl that I loved her, out loud and unprompted, every single day. Second, I wanted to make play a priority — something that didn't come naturally to me but I was willing to practice. … [Read more...]

Does Make-up Make Mommy Beautiful?

Laura Tou

By Erin Brown from I Am Erin Brown, cross-posted with permission The first time I put on make-up in front of my daughter, she was just a few days old. She was lying there like a tiny lump of newborn human and I gave my first "you get to be who you are" speech. It went something like this: "Mommy likes to put on her eyebrows. You … [Read more...]

Women’s Health Month: 10 Ways to Improve Your Mental Wellbeing

Caleb Roenigk

By Sarah Landrum May is National Women's Health Month, but while we'll pay extra mind in these 31 days, women can prioritize their physical and mental health every day throughout the year. While today's culture places a huge emphasis on physical health, it often neglects to give mental health the attention it deserves, or places … [Read more...]

Forgiving Ourselves Is Not an Excuse to Engage ED

Christi Nielsen

By Clare Milliken I am all too familiar with the persuasive voice of an eating disorder. In the depths of my anorexia, that voice tried to find every reason I should engage in behaviors and every excuse why I should avoid recovery. Years later, and after a great deal of therapy, self-reflection, support, and hard work, I am … [Read more...]

This Year, #LoveTheMirror

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By Jes Baker at The Militant Baker, cross-posted with permission All images by Jade Beall Photography I'm sure you've made your resolutions by now, and feel as though you've gotten them all. And while this could be true, I have a feeling you might have forgotten the most important one. The Body Love Conference team would like … [Read more...]

Sons of Anarchy’s Ron Perlman Proves Body Image Concerns Men Too

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By Asha Daya at GirlTalkHQ, cross-posted with permission Body image is a big deal in society today. A quick search of the term on our website will bring up a plethora of articles about celebrities, bloggers, moms, and women who have struggled with their self-image and want to speak up about it to empower others. But what about … [Read more...]

Hey Facebook: Ditch the Body-Shaming Emoticons

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By Allison Epstein Love it or hate it, when Facebook rolled out its new "Feelings" feature mid-2013, the nature of the status update shifted. If you were like me, you gave it some serious side-eye at first. Do we really need our social networks to express our emotions for us? Have we lost the ability to type "Feeling good … [Read more...]