Why my potato chips are healthier than the diet mentality
Date: February 20, 2015 | Posted By: CarinaSaturday afternoon: another Netflix marathon, full relaxation mode… Until the TV screen is taken over by a pile of steaming, fluffy French toast, seductively dripping with sticky, golden maple syrup. “Yum,” I think. All of a sudden, the breakfast of dreams is destroyed as a towering box of Special K lands smack on top of Continue reading
“Era of the Big Booty”? No thanks.
Date: February 18, 2015 | Posted By: AudreyI’m not a prude, and I don’t like to judge other women’s personal choices. But I do care an awful lot about how women are portrayed (and portray themselves!) in the media. We’re now averaging 13.6 hours of media consumption per person per day, which means the stories we see played out in the media Continue reading
Why the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue cover brought me to tears
Date: February 11, 2015 | Posted By: AudreyWhy did the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue cover bring me to tears? (Hint: It had nothing to do with wanting to look like the model.) It was because I have no idea how I’m going to explain the image to my two sons (ages six and eight), who love sports and are about to be Continue reading
“Fit is the new thin”: Is Instagram just another channel for eating disorders?
Date: February 5, 2015 | Posted By: KingaInstagram is one of the most popular forms of social media today, not just because of the awesome pictures, but because of the “community” — it’s sort of like YouTube, except you create your own world online in the form of pictures. Instagram gets a good rep partially because it seems like a great form Continue reading
Plus Size Princess blog inspires body positivity
Date: January 30, 2015 | Posted By: KristaAlthough social media breeds negativity and outrageous haters, it also brings wonderful sites like Plus Size Princess to our attention. I found this website through a YouTube video about dating as a plus size female. Despite the fact that I am not plus size, I love to watch these videos to gain confidence. Reading About-Face’s Continue reading
Lesbians are girls, too: Why no one’s immune to media
Date: January 14, 2015 | Posted By: TaraI have a superpower. I am immune to the power of media. Yes, you heard me correctly. Bring on your Victoria’s Secret Fashion Shows and Hardee’s ads and watch their influence fall harmlessly away from me. For as a lesbian, I “do not care about the standards of beauty created for me by society.” Wait…what? Continue reading
Fictional food is more real than you think
Date: April 1, 2014 | Posted By: Blog ManagerWhat does Winnie the Pooh have in common with Lorelai and Rory Gilmore? They all love food. In fact, they don’t just love food—food is their ticket to winning the hearts of their audiences. From Popeye, to Garfield, to Kevin Malone from The Office, food is a means for fictional characters to express themselves and Continue reading
Think only white women get eating disorders? Think again.
Date: March 28, 2014 | Posted By: TessaIn popular culture, stories of eating disorders are dominated by white women. But what about the other sufferers? Women of color have been sidelined in eating disorder funding and research, and have therefore been underestimated in our perception of the affected demographic. In the new Slate article “Eating disorders do not discriminate“, Michelle Konstantinovsky explores Continue reading
You are not a number: How scales can become large-scale problems
Date: February 23, 2014 | Posted By: Blog ManagerHow would you react if you saw the number on your scale go up five pounds or down five pounds? It has become common for people to react to minor weight fluctuations with extreme measures (i.e. “I gain five pounds, and I go on a fast.” or “I lose five pounds, and I eat way Continue reading
The earth isn’t flat… and neither are stomachs
Date: September 24, 2013 | Posted By: Blog ManagerI can honestly say that almost every female stomach I have ever seen in the media has been flat. And this is a fact that makes me sick. In no way do I have anything against flat stomachs or people who have them. I accept all body types. I just wish that the media would Continue reading