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

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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?

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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...]

Four Great Reasons to Lose Weight…. Loss TV Shows

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By Allison Epstein Confession: while the goal for many people during the New Year is to give up our vices, I will never turn my back on TLC’s Say Yes To The Dress. Yes, after a steady diet of feminist literature and blogging, it’s difficult to silence the running commentary in the back of my head. “Oh, don’t get a veil, … [Read more...]

Health as a Moral Imperative: Chasing Gold Stars

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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...]

Why “Don’t Talk Shit About People’s Bodies (Including Your Own)” Is A Better Resolution Than “Fight Fat Talk”

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By Claire Mysko I get what Jennifer Lawrence was going for when she told Barbara Walters “it should be illegal to call somebody fat on TV.” Media bodysnarking is a profitable blood sport, and Lawrence has become America’s body image heroine by refusing to play victim. She doesn’t diet. She dares to mention her passion for fried … [Read more...]

Modern Beauty Standards Imposed on Classic Art Show Narrowness of Today’s Ideal

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by Rebecca Hains Originally published at rebeccahains.wordpress.com; cross-posted with permission. Several years ago, I was admiring the Venus de Milo at the Louvre when a group of American teens approached. Eyeing the statue, one girl blurted out: “She’s so fat.”Her friends laughed and agreed, but her comment just made me … [Read more...]

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

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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...]

The Real Deal with Body Acceptance

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by Golda Poretsky As you may have heard by now, former body acceptance advocate Jess Weiner was interviewed by Glamour about how loving her body almost killed her. In the article, she shares how, for her, body acceptance had meant not checking in on her health. Many other bloggers (as well as myself) have already picked … [Read more...]

Size Me: Finding Perfection When you Can’t Find Your Size

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By Etang Inyang Since I hit puberty, I have shopped at the “fat lady” clothing stores. It was impressed upon me from an early age that I had limited options. In cramped dressing rooms with a pool of clothing at my feet, I was pressed by my impatient aunt, “Hurry up and decide between that pink flowery dress and that orange n’ … [Read more...]

Dare to Resolve to Ditch Dieting

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By Sharon Haywood, Co-Editor Aside from bikini season, late December and early January is the other time of year that we’re especially susceptible to feeling bad about our bodies. Special thanks to the media and the diet industry for ensuring we do by reminding us that we overindulged during the end-of-year festivities and we … [Read more...]