BY Marissa Dubecky
on Feb 13, 2015
“Adipose: Of or relating to fat. / Positivity: Characterized by or displaying acceptance or affirmation.”
This is the inspiration for photographer Substantia Jones's incredible photo series, The Adipositivity Project. When Jones first began her project, she knew she wanted to create change, but she didn’t fully grasp what that change would be. It was only once she began photographing women and hearing their stories of body shaming that her goal ... Read More
BY Samantha Albala
on Nov 17, 2014
Meghan Trainor's single "All About That Bass" is currently number two on Billboard's Hot 100 and her music video has gotten a lot of attention for her commentary on "bass."
As a piano player, I do not choose between, nor discriminate against, bass and treble, musically or body-wise. There is a lot of body shaming that goes on for all women due to photoshop, and one's ability to genetically produce a booty should not affect whether they are deemed beautiful. This ... Read More
BY Lex Ellenthal
on Aug 05, 2014
None of us lady folk really enjoy the pressure the media and cultural norms heap on us to look and act a certain way; however, despite our distaste for societal beauty standards, many of us get fully immersed trying to keep up with the pack. That’s why the Stop the Beauty Madness campaign is so refreshing, and what makes its rise in popularity so exciting.
Robin Rice created the campaign to challenge beauty norms and give viewers the sense that ... Read More
BY Emily Robinson
on Jul 31, 2014
If you were not aware that Nicki Minaj is releasing a new single soon, you may be living under a rock. I’m sorry to be the one to tell you. The internet has been buzzing about it for some time now - partly due to the single’s cover art that Minaj posted to Instagram last Thursday.
The notoriously body-unfriendly app has (surprisingly) not taken it down; instead, the photo has been receiving backlash from both insignificant internet haters and reputable ... Read More
For many young feminists, the “selfie” has been claimed as a fulfilling expressive medium that lends itself to self-actualization and confidence. The artist Lindsay Bottos explains, “The act of women taking selfies is inherently feminist, especially in a society that tries so hard to tell women that our bodies are projects to be worked on […] Selfies are like a ‘fuck you’ to all of that.” And maybe she’s ... Read More
BY Tess Duncan
on Jul 23, 2013
You might have seen the commercials for U by Kotex's sport pantyliners recently, where the narrating voice tells you that "sweat patches" are "not good." Zoom in on crotch of girl doing crunches in the gym, looking totes embarrassed because "OMG I'M NOT ALLOWED TO SWEAT DOWN THERE!" The ad goes on to show women noticing their disgusting, wet down-theres and then fleeing the scene or attempting to clumsily hide this humiliating part of their workout.
If you ... Read More
BY Katharine Ernst
on Jul 09, 2013
Now to get kicked out of a child’s swim park you have to be doing something pretty obscene, right? Wearing a bikini apparently falls under that context.
Madelyn Shaeffer, a 42-year-old mother from Missouri, was kicked out of Adventure Oasis Water Park for wearing a bikini on premises. Such a scandal, America!
While playing with her children in one of the park pools, Shaeffer was approached by park staff and they asked her to put shorts over her bikini ... Read More
BY Daisy Becerra
on Jun 19, 2013
Sarah Fraunfelder was about to embark on a college tour with a group of other high school students when it happened. According to the 15-year-old, a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officer at the security checkpoint in LAX glared, mumbled, and then said, “You’re only fifteen, COVER YOURSELF!” after she inquired about his hostile behavior.
Shaken up, Sarah texted her father, Boing Boing blog co-founder Mark Fraunfelder, who recounted ... Read More
BY Tess Duncan
on May 28, 2013
"Ugh, my jeans so do not fit anymore. I'm a cow!" "No way, I'M the cow! Just look at my cankles!"
Yeah, we've all done it. Whether or not you admit it, we've all fat-talked. It's easy to do and it's so normalized that you might not even realize you're doing it. It becomes an automatic response. Psychologists define it as "the body-denigrating conversation between girls and women." While it might seem basically harmless, this type of infectious speech can be a ... Read More