Weight Loss and Diet Industry
Adventures in feminist wedding planning
Date: August 28, 2015 | Posted By: JessicaI’m getting married, and I want to share with you just some of the ways that wedding planning has highlighted pesky gender expectations and body image pressures. We always said we’d never do it. “What would it add to our relationship?” we thought. Then one night, on a romantic whim (he was gone to Italy Continue reading
Does #ThighReading help or hurt body-positivity?
Date: August 26, 2015 | Posted By: Haley BThanks 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
Fitbits and weight-loss apps: Healthy or obsessive?
Date: August 19, 2015 | Posted By: AlessandraIn my day-to-day life, I’ve noticed a peculiar bracelet cropping up (the latest in a never-ending steam of weight-loss gadgets). This bracelet has the strange effect of making the wearer walk around a room in circles for minutes on end. “What is this sorcery?” You ask? It is known as a “fitness tracker”, sold by leading Continue reading
You’re allowed to get married if you’re fat
Date: August 14, 2015 | Posted By: SashaBeing in my late 20s, I’ve spent a lot of time in the last few years going to weddings, including the weddings of a lot of my closest friends. I’ve watched as they stressed out about their extended families and worried about what music to play; I’ve talked with them as they picked dresses and Continue reading
The Honest Body Project honestly portrays women’s experiences
Date: August 5, 2015 | Posted By: Haley BFrom a young age, women are taught to associate important life milestones with how their bodies look. We’re told to suck in our stomachs at our first dance recitals, diet to fit into our high school prom dresses, and search our bodies for evidence of the “Freshman 15” after our first year of college. Not Continue reading
“She’s so beautiful!”: The sexist comment that nobody else noticed
Date: July 31, 2015 | Posted By: TaraRecently, I was sitting in a room full of people, listening as recent graduates of a medical residency program were congratulated while their photos were shown on a screen in front of the room. When one woman’s photograph came up on the screen, the presenter read the following note from the woman’s family: “To our daughter, Continue reading
5 ways you can take a vacation from getting “vacation-ready”
Date: July 22, 2015 | Posted By: CarinaWhat have you done to get ready for your summer plans? Getting excited for my recent vacation to Lake Tahoe, I was using all of my spare time on Pinterest — of course. As usual, my “quick browsing” evolved into an hourlong surf session of anything having to do with summer. What started as innocent excitement turned into Continue reading
Target “loves every body” — but not really
Date: July 3, 2015 | Posted By: Haley BSummer is here. The season conjures images of sun, sand, and relaxation. Unfortunately, it also conjures up thoughts of poor body image in girls and women. We race to the mall, trying to find the most flattering swimsuits that will make us look “smaller.” We scroll through our Facebook newsfeeds and find posts and status updates Continue reading
Why I say yes to the dress
Date: June 26, 2015 | Posted By: TaraWhat do you do if you find yourself loving a TV show that promotes values you don’t support? Such is the case for me with TLC’s Say Yes to the Dress. The gist of the show is women come to Kleinfeld Bridal in New York City with a variety of friends and relatives (their “entourage”) Continue reading
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