Misty Copeland and the Newness of the Ballerina Body

By Lisa Wade originally published on The Society Pages Many hope that Misty Copeland is ushering in a new era for ballet. She is the first female African-American ballet dancer to have the role of Principal Dancer at the American Ballet Theatre. She has literally changed the face of the dance. Race is a central and important … [Read more...]

A Call To Action: Your Fat Friend Is Going It Alone

By Your Fat Friend for Medium cross posted with permission. I first read about Errol Narvaez at the end of a draining week. Fatigue had sunk into my bones, and I felt weakened, made pliable by stress. I had taken a rare day off to spend some time in one of my favorite state parks. After a long hike, I stopped by a favorite cafe in … [Read more...]

4 Lies Western Philosophy Teaches Us About Our Bodies

By Kate Walford, Intern 2015 What is a good body? How do you know? The simple answer to "why are some bodies considered perfect and others not?" would be "social construct!" This is what I was told as a teenager and during eating disorder recovery. "Oh, society will tell you to be skinny. But don't listen to them, it … [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...]

“One Size Fits Most” Almost None of the Time

By Caryn Rubanovich, Intern 2015 Dear Brandy Melville, I've been thinking about you and your stores quite a bit recently. Frankly, I'm confused and frustrated by the mixed messages you're sending. It's only fair for us to talk this out. I didn't know you existed until relatively recently. But it seems that if you ask any … [Read more...]

Why I’m Not Furious about Mannequins with Visible Ribs

By Z Zoccolante Normally I'm not one to write an article in response to something that has already been extensively commented on. However, this time I'm making an exception. The article in question is titled "Mannequin with Visible Rib Cage Causes Concern," by Kayleen Schaefer, who presents the issue clearly and objectively … [Read more...]

Running from Self-Objectification

By Lexie Kite from Beauty Redefined, cross-posted with permission When we grow up surrounded by appearance-obsessed media's "Weight Less, Smile More!!" and "Perfect Your Parts, Perfect Your Life!!" headlines plastered everywhere, those messages rake in billions and get us nowhere closer to real health and happiness. Instead, … [Read more...]

How To Support People’s Health Issues Without Fat Shaming

By Erin McKelle at Everyday Feminism, cross-posted with permission There’s a lot of propaganda about how being overweight negatively affects your health in seemingly every way possible. Because a lot of this is considered to be factual (even though there are numerous studies that disprove the myth that being overweight is … [Read more...]

Health and Happiness: Why Dieting Won’t Bring You Either

By Amber Ikeman, Intern 2014 I’m on a diet. I’ve been on it for a while and it’s actually pretty easy. No ridiculous amounts of money, none of those nasty chalk shakes, and no complicated tracking methods. It’s really healthy and I feel great. It’s called a food diet. Sometimes while engaging in my food diet at lunch (which … [Read more...]

Too Much To Love: Family, Size, and Finally Learning to Love Your Body

By Sarah Tedesco After six stores of screaming matches, tears, a few thrown flip-flops, my grandmother, mom and I walked in to the seventh and final store to find my Bat Mitzvah dress.  I prayed it would be the last since I wasn’t sure that I could handle my mother asking me to suck in my stomach one more time. “Just stand up a … [Read more...]