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Does #ThighReading help or hurt body-positivity?

Date: August 26, 2015 | Posted By: Haley B
Thanks to the advent of social media, we live in a culture where it’s easier than ever to share parts of our lives with others.  That’s great news for the body-positive movement, which has started using the Twitter hashtag #ThighReading as a way to celebrate realistic, unaltered depictions of women’s bodies. This trend began after a Twitter user Continue reading

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Is exercise even good for you anymore?

Date: June 19, 2015 | Posted By: Carina
“Sweat is fat crying,” said the back of the gym shirt of the man in front of me at the grocery store, who was red-faced and drenched in perspiration. He had succeeded, apparently, in reducing his fat to tears, during his recent workout. I admittedly, at first, found his “motivational” shirt funny. I quickly realized, Continue reading

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Holland’s Next Top Model just made a huge mistake

Date: June 17, 2015 | Posted By: Jessica
Recently, I was working on a part of my PhD thesis wherein I had to describe why my research about body image is important for the broader public. Piece of cake. But my supervisor wasn’t pleased with the final product: “You need to make it crystal clear that body image is a hot topic in Continue reading

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Everything that’s wrong with the Dad Bod trend

Date: May 26, 2015 | Posted By: Audrey
You have got to be kidding me with this Dad Bod business. As I’m sure you’ve heard by now, a recent piece by Mackenzie Pearson (who’s a student at Clemson University in South Carolina) outlines how and why women now prefer a slight paunch over a six pack when it comes to men’s appearance. Her Continue reading

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We need to change more than clothes in the dressing room

Date: May 1, 2015 | Posted By: Haley B
Brace yourselves, everyone. I’m about to make a huge confession. I’m about to astound and confuse millions upon millions of people. I’m about to dispute the core of beliefs of department store marketers and romantic comedy writers. I’m a 22-year-old, warm-blooded American woman who does not enjoy shopping for clothes. Shocking, right? I’m a young Continue reading

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Why so many celebrities are “waist training”

Date: April 29, 2015 | Posted By: Audrey
So yeah, um, no to the whole “waist training” thing that every celebrity alive seems to be trying these days. In the recent past, actress Jessica Alba raved about how wearing a waist trainer day and night for three months helped her lose baby weight. And now we’ve got Scout Willis (daughter of Bruce and Continue reading

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Women’s health? Think again.

Date: April 24, 2015 | Posted By: Tara
Here’s something I find disturbing: The cover of April’s Women’s Health magazine. Here are some of their cover stories: “20 Easy Ways to Look Hot Now”; “Drop 5 Pounds-Eat Your Way to a Smaller Size”; “You’ll Own Spring in the Coolest Shoes, Bags, Jewelry, and More”; “The Single Best Anti-Ager Most Women Skip”; “Working Out Continue reading

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Thin is OUT — for some runways

Date: April 22, 2015 | Posted By: Carina
The protruding edges of hip bones used to be a defining feature of most fashion runways. Jutting collarbones, visible ribcages, and minimal curves have long made up the standard body type used to showcase what fashion designers have created for their next season’s clothing line. This body type, possessed naturally by a very small portion Continue reading

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Why “You look so skinny!” wasn’t what I needed to hear

Date: April 17, 2015 | Posted By: Anonymous
TRIGGER WARNING: This article contains information that may be triggering to people struggling with eating disorders. A few months ago, About-Face posted a link to Beauty Redefined’s article “When ‘You Look So Skinny!’ Does More Harm Than Good” to its various social media accounts. The authors, Lexie and Lindsay Kite, caution readers to be aware Continue reading

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Would you ever talk to other women the way you talk to yourself?

Date: April 15, 2015 | Posted By: Kinga
My eating disorder is something that, even if I conquer and manage to keep under control for the rest of my life, will never truly be gone. However, as I’m choosing to live healthier and happier and “fight my demons” as Amy Poehler beautifully puts it in her book Yes, Please, I’m also focusing really Continue reading