Great web sites, books, and movies for better body image! Learn more about media, self-esteem, and general girl power.
Let us know if you have more ideas for what we can include here!
Awesome sites & blogs we like
Feministing — Young feminists blogging, organizing, kicking ass
Proud2BMe — Online community created by and for teens, with the goal of promoting positive body image and encouraging healthy attitudes about food and weight; here’s a list of resources from Proud2BMe
Rookie Mag — A hip, independent publication for teen girls that features themed monthly “issues” and whose editor is the Tavi Gevinson
SPARK — A girl-fueled activist movement to demand an end to the sexualization of women and girls in media. They collaborate with hundreds of girls 13-22 and more than 60 national organizations (including About-Face!) to reject the commodified, sexualized images of girls in media and support the development of girls’ healthy sexuality and self-esteem
Photo retouching & Photoshop web sites
BODY TYPED — a photo-retouching game!
Retouch: Ministry of Health and Social Affairs — A step-by-step interactive breakdown of what goes into retouching a magazine cover photo
Body-Positivity, Health At Every Size, Weight Issues, Fat/Size Acceptance
Fat!So? — Marilyn Wann is amazing and you should check our her site
National Organization to Advance Fat Acceptance (NAAFA) — non-profit civil rights organization dedicated to ending size discrimination in all of its forms
Radiance Support for Plus-Size Teens — A list of websites supporting plus-size teens
Teen-friendly organizations & groups we like
Beauty Redefined — Taking back beauty for females everywhere
Beyond Hunger — a non-profit organization dedicated to helping individuals overcome the obsession with food and weight and find a natural, loving, and peaceful relationship with their food, weight, and selves (based in San Rafael, CA)
The Body Positive –The Body Positive transforms people’s beliefs about beauty, health, and identity, freeing them to live balanced, joyful, and purposeful lives
Girls Inc. — A national organization dedicated to helping every girl become strong, smart and bold; great programs for girls ages 8-18
Hardy Girls, Healthy Women — Creates opportunities, develops programs, and provides services that empower girls as well as addressing girls’ lives in social and relational contexts; they believe it is not the girls, but the environment they live in that needs repair (national organization based in Maine)
The Media Literacy Project — Advancing education and advocacy for media justice (based in New Mexico)
YWCA — Dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all
Body-positive visual & performing arts
Fat Chance Belly Dance — A dance phenomenon as unique as the city of San Francisco
Guerrilla Girls — Since 1985, this anonymous group has protested gender and racial inequality in the art world while “reinventing the F-Word: Feminism”
Your Body Raks — “Body justice” belly dancing in the San Francisco Bay Area
Eating disorders & disordered eating
Eating Disorder Center of California — An intensive day treatment and outpatient program for men and women, adolescents and adults suffering from eating disorders
Eating Disorder Referral and Information Center — International Eating Disorder Referral Organization
Eating Disorder Resources — Facts, links, online support groups, and more
Mental Health — Eating Disorders Resources, includes some articles and international resource links
Mirror-Mirror — Valuable site with facts about eating disorders and support for recovery
Monte Nido Eating Disorder Treatment Center — A residential treatment center for women suffering from anorexia, bulimia and compulsive exercise (locations in Southern California and Oregon)
National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) — Support for individuals and families affected by eating disorders
The Something Fishy Guide to Eating Disorders — Dedicated to provided support for individuals with eating disorders and their loved ones since 1995
The Renfrew Center Foundation — A national, non-profit organization advancing the education, prevention, research and treatment of eating disorders
Cool stuff to buy
Items from the About-Face web site – Great buttons, T-shirts, books, and more
VoluptuArt — Art and gifts for celebrating your body, including body-positive art and Yay! Scales
One Angry Girl Designs — T-shirts making big statements!
Related sites supporting girls and women
Coalition for Positive Sexuality – Everything you wanted to know (and some stuff you don’t)
Face the Issue – Site addressing body image, eating disorders, abuse, depression…each section has an animation narrated by a famous actress
Media that reflects girls’ experiences and empower us
(buy any of these using the Amazon links, and About-Face will get some of the sale!)
Am I Thin Enough Yet? goes beyond traditional psychological explanations of eating disorders to level a powerful indictment against the social, political, and economic pressures women face in a weight-obsessed society.
A journal-format self-esteem guide.
Drawing on a vast array of lively historical sources, unpublished diaries by adolescent girls, and photographs that conjure up memories of the past, The Body Project chronicles how growing up in a female body has changed over the past century and why that experience is more difficult today than ever before.
Let us know if you have more ideas for this list! (Please, no requests for sites promoting weight loss or cosmetic procedures, requests for advertising or cross-linking unless the site specifically relates to body image, self-identity, media criticism, or similar topics that fit our mission.)