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...]

Media Literacy 101

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By Melissa A. Fabello So, I’ve been doing a lot of talks on media literacy lately. In the past six weeks alone, I’ve done presentations and panels on media literacy at Carroll University, Widener University, Temple University, and for Women’s Way in Philadelphia. People are really into it. So I thought maybe it was about time to … [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...]

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...]

Judging Others, Avoiding Ourselves: Grappling With Body Negativity

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By Jarune Uwujaren  Originally published at Everyday Feminism and cross-posted with permission. You judge people. I’m not judging you for it. I do it, too. And judging people for judging people is a rabbit hole I don’t plan on going down. But how many of the judgments that you make about other people based on … [Read more...]

How You Should Feel About Your Body When You’re Pregnant

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By Kate Fridkis Originally published at Eat The Damn Cake, cross-posted with permission. “If this is your first pregnancy, you may be especially bothered by changes in your body image,” said the Mayo Clinic Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy, published in 2011. It went on to clarify, “Simply put, you may feel fat and … [Read more...]

When Self Worth Becomes the Biggest Loser

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By Allison Epstein (Intern, 2013) On the inside, I’m still about 7 years old. There’s a shelf in my bedroom dedicated to Disney movies. When I’m stressed, I’ve been known to break out coloring pages. I’m still a little upset that I didn’t get my Hogwarts letter when I was 11. I look back on my childhood as a simpler time, … [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...]

“Pregorexia”: Are Celebrities Really to Blame?

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By Ashley-Michelle Papon Yesterday morning, I fished around in my dresser drawer for a pair of pants that wouldn’t make me hate myself. I grimaced when I realized the only option was a pair of threadbare maternity jeans. I let out an exasperated sigh, because with a toddler in tow, I’m outside of the acceptable window to still … [Read more...]