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    I have a lot of time on my hands. I have a lot going on, work/hobby-wise, sure, but it mostly takes place online in some way, which means that I have many opportunities to be distracted by random nonsense, which is the mailing address of "The Computer."    Internet C/O The Computer 212 Random Nonsense Blvd. Flat Surface, FU 66666   So yeah, sometimes, while working on things, I'll get these brain tics telling me I absolutely HAVE to search for something online at that VERY minute. Read More
Simply Be, a British clothing store (with sizes up to 32!), has hopped on the body positivity train with its campaign “#SimplyBekini.” The store encourages women to share images of themselves in bikinis to promote body positivity. Plus size model, Tess Holliday, has joined teams with Simply Be to spread the message that yes, plus size woman can wear bikinis too. Read More
46-year-old Liverpool resident Sean O'Brien became known as the “Dancing Man” after photos of him were published online with the caption, “spotted this specimen trying to dance the other week. He stopped when he saw us laughing.” The photos drew the attention of body-shaming Internet bullies as well as of a group of ladies in L.A. who wanted to “do something special” for him. Roughly 2,000 women threw Sean a “VIP dance party” after tracking him down through their social media campaign. Read More
According to one of the most unsettling, and relentless, social norms, a woman's value is directly proportionate to her physical beauty. It’s the idea that if we don’t meet outdated physical standards- namely small, petite, dainty, meek—then we become invisible. If we are too fat, too tall, too masculine, too loud, too bold, or if we claim empowerment and visibility on our own terms, then society wants to look away. Luckily, there are growing movements to break conventional beauty standards once and for all. Read More
There have been times, and we’re sure our fellow BUSTies will back us up, when we wish a small roll or bump beneath a sweet new dress would just chill out and lay flat. But at the end of the day, we know we look hot as hell and strut out into the world with little regard toward that so-called imperfection. Many companies are tuning into this collective confidence and are tailoring their products to suit the measurements of a modern woman’s body. Others, like the infamous Spanx, are having a harder time revamping their image. Read More
Believe it or not, yoga hasn’t always been about perfectly toned buns and sparkly outer space leggings: The practice has only recently been connected to materialistic culture and image. Up until about six decades ago, yoga was non-existent in the Western world, but it has roots dating back to before 500 B.C.E. Originally, yoga developed under the guidance of vedic priests and mystic seers called Brahmans. The central motifs were Karma Yoga, Wisdom Yoga, and “the sacrifice of the ego through self-knowledge. Read More
Australian model Stefania Ferrario is joining former Australian Biggest Loser host Ajay Rochester in the movement to eradicate the term "plus size" in describing those who are over a size 4 in the modeling industry.  The movement started back in February when Rochester made a comment about "plus size" model Laura Wells who, in her opinion, wasn’t "plus size" at all. This happened after Upstart’s Be You Campaign posted a picture of Wells and labeled her a plus size model. Read More
As winter finally comes to a close, and we remember that the bright shiny spot in the sky is called THE SUN, many of us are starting to rearrange our closets to make room for warm weather gear. But after months of virtual hibernation and voluminous puffy coats, a few of us aren’t feeling quite as confident as we should. Cue body positive takeover! Here are some of the best ladies to follow on Instagram in order to jump-start your self-assurance and remember that no matter your size, shape or general winter pallor, we’ve all got the goods to rock a pair of jorts this spring. Read More
In an age when un-retouched pictures of beautiful women are often considered scandalous, it can be kind of hard to keep up your own self-esteem. Yes, Beyoncé’s skin may not be perfectly ***Flawless, but who among us is without an occasional blemish? Looking "normal" is treated more and more like a deformity than simply being a human being (cellulite, stretch marks and acne, oh my!) and nobody can express how ridiculous this is better than the fierce and funny Amy Schumer. Read More
Yes that’s right, Facebook has created a 'feeling Fat’ emoji option. As you may already know, when you post your status, Facebook gives you an option to show to your friends (the world, Mark Zuckerberg, etc.) just how you feel in that moment. They even allow you to create your own if the 120 options they give you do not fit your particular mood at that time.  However, this double-chinned emoji has raised quite a few other feelings on Facebook and outside of it. So many that an official petition on Change. Read More