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...]

Critical Conversations: Lydia X.Z. Brown on Ableism and the new Anthology All the Weight of Our Dreams

Lydia X. Z. Brown is a queer, disabled, and east asian non-binary activist, advocate, writer, and law student. Brown, along with E. Ashkenazy and Morénike Giwa Onaiwu, have co-edited the first anthology of writing and artwork by autistic people of color, titled All the Weight of Our Dreams. We asked Lydia about the new book, the … [Read more...]

Taming the Feral Mind: Yoga Lessons From a Mental Hospital

By Vanessa Hazzard for Blavity cross posted with permission "It took listening to a voice outside of my head, for once, that allowed me to be gentle with myself." Growing up in Philadelphia, I realized early on that police sirens were a mainstay of city living. Though I must say, it’s quite surreal when the sirens are for … [Read more...]

The Femisphere: A Link Roundup

  A Roundup of Body Politics, Body Image, and Body Justice News  International/Environment Peru is experiencing one of the worst environmental disasters in its history — and nobody’s talking about it. Check ou the video from Mic. TBWA\Santiago Mangada Puno has created this film featuring Filipino … [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...]

6 Things I Understand About The Fat Acceptance Movement

By Jes Baker This piece originally appeared on The Militant Baker and has been cross-posted here with permission. First, a little information about me, because I'm sure the first thing people will do upon reading this is make assumptions about who I am: I am a 27 year old American woman who is comprehensively involved in the … [Read more...]

The Student Body: One Young Filmmaker’s Activism Against ‘Fat Letters’

By Sayantani DasGupta Across the country, children are being put on scales in school. They’re lining up in gym class to have their height and weight measured, their BMIs calculated. And if they miss certain numerical cutoffs, letters are being sent home (sometimes via the students—handed out in homeroom, or tucked into report … [Read more...]

Gyms: Made For Body Building or Bashing?

By Gabby Vachon When I entered my gym’s locker room the day after New Year’s, there was something strange about the usual crowd I usually encountered. Perhaps it was the snarl of disgust adorning their faces? Nevertheless, I paid them little attention, until I turned around and spotted the object of their disarming stares. A … [Read more...]

Health as a Moral Imperative: Chasing Gold Stars

By Michelle Parrinello-Cason Originally published at Balancing Jane and cross-posted with permission. Saturday night, I went to the wedding of a friend from my childhood. It was the first time that both my husband and I had been out, together, child-free, and with a safe ride home in over a year. We drank, danced, laughed, … [Read more...]

If You Must Think About Your Weight, Think These 10 Things

By: Lindsay Kite and Lexie Kite from Beauty Redefined   Another day, another opportunity to think about how much space you, as a woman, take up. That’s how it feels when you can’t throw a fat-burning supplement without hitting a visual about the losing of the weight or the gaining of the weight, and who gained what, how … [Read more...]