When We Were Free To Be: Revisiting A Classic

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By Amy Jussel, Shaping Youth Last year marked not only the 40th Anniversary of Title IX changing women’s sports forever, it was also the 40th Anniversary of the cycle-breaking, movement-making pop culture childrens’ classic Free to Be, You and Me created by one of my very first childhood ‘sheroes’ Marlo Thomas. Marlo Thomas’ … [Read more...]

Born This Way? How Sexual Orientation Does (And Doesn’t) Affect Body Image

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By Allison Epstein “Obama Admin Funding $1.5 Million Study To Find Out Why Lesbians Are Fat” “Yes, Seinfeld, Gays Really Are Thinner, Study Says” “Lesbian Women Feel Less Pressure To Have A ‘Perfect’ Body” “Manorexia Is Taking Over The Gay Community!” The media has attempted to explain the link between sexual … [Read more...]

Mama Needs a New Vag? Plastic Surgery Trend Preys on Post-Pregnancy Vulnerability

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By Ashley-Michelle Papon If you’re not familiar with Brandi Glanville, consider yourself lucky. The one-time model and current star of “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” rose to a mediocre level of celebrity as the woman scorned by established B-lister Eddie Cibrian. In 2008, Cibrian, after nine years of marriage, jilted … [Read more...]

The Body Image Survival Guide for Parents: A Must Read!

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By Crystal Smith; cross-posted with permission When author Marci Warhaft-Nadler approached me about reviewing The Body Image Survival Guide for Parents, she told me that she had aimed to write a book that was easy for parents to read and relate to; a kind of quick reference guide for parents about the body image issues their … [Read more...]

Go Barefaced to Raise Awareness for Eating Disorders on Monday, Feb. 25th

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  By Valerie Martin In December 2011, The Renfrew Center Foundation – a non-profit charitable organization dedicated to advancing the education, prevention, research and treatment of eating disorders – commissioned a study of nearly 1,300 women ages 18 and up. Their goal was to capture women’s feelings about and … [Read more...]

Four Ways To Support Your Friend Who’s Being Slut-Shamed

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By Shannon Ridgway at Everyday Feminism Most of you have probably heard of the phrase “slut-shaming,” but for those who haven’t, allow me to educate you about this unfortunately common and very hurtful behavior. Slut-shaming, according to Wikipedia, is defined as follows: “The act of making someone, usually a woman, feel … [Read more...]

How to Stay Body Positive Through the Holidays

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By Maddie Ruud ‘Tis the season to be jolly... and also incredibly stressed. For many of us, the holidays can be one of the most difficult times to stay body positive. With a full roster of family gatherings and work functions (most of them centered on food), it can be hard to maintain personal balance -- and on top of that, of … [Read more...]

Binary Thinking About Body Image Hurts Us All

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By Vinjeru Mkandawire at Fem2pt0 “They say that white has might And thin is in, well that’s just bull. Cause ladies, big is back And as for black, it’s beautiful” -Hairspray: “Big, Blonde and Beautiful” A Washington Post-Kaiser Family Foundation poll surfaced earlier this year finding that black women have overall … [Read more...]

How Yoga Changed My Mind (And My Relationship to My Body)

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By Melanie Klein For the women in my family, the body was a source of anxiety, shame, a measure of discipline and worth – something to fret over, scrutinize, and punish for bad behavior. Food invoked anxiety and fear. Calories were meticulously tracked and exercised away as quickly as possible. The women openly complained … [Read more...]

Five Ways to Support a Loved One in Eating Disorder Recovery

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By Melissa A. Fabello Eating disorder recovery – defined in simplest terms as a remission from disordered eating behavior with the goal of becoming healthy again – can sometimes feel like a delicate balance for those in the process. Constantly surrounded by the very substance that threatens a relapse into disordered behavior, … [Read more...]