BY Lex Ellenthal
on Jul 09, 2014
Everyone talks about how teen girls have rough. People just assume that puberty brings about a drop in self-esteem. Why is it that girl's are expected to and often endure such insecurities about their body image? Here are some theories as to why.
Theory #1: Photoshopped images of models and celebrities in magazines and advertising!
This theory is backed by Tina Fey in her book, Bossypants. To quote Fey, “I think the first real change in women’s ... Read More
BY Andrea Stopa
on May 06, 2014
Today is International No Diet Day and women around the world are thinking, "but I really just need to lose ten pounds."But here's the thing: you really don't, because losing ten pounds will not make you more successful, it will not suddenly make the world a better place, it will not make you smarter or more valuable to society, and it will not suddenly convince you to love yourself unconditionally, because I am willing to bet some dollars that after you lose ten ... Read More
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The artist’s Maria Raquel Cochez’s impressive body of work is powerfully autobiographical, cataloging her painful struggle with eating disorders, weight loss surgery, and recovery. In her recent photographs, she claims the human right to accept and love her body, promoting body acceptance for all women in the process.
For her “CKMe” and “Another Mermaid” project, she inserts ... Read More
BY Andrea Stopa
on Apr 02, 2014
Waitresses are terribly under appreciated -- not only are they bombarded with demanding customers, required to work odd and varied hours, and stink like cooking after their shifts, they also rely on tips to make a living wage, as they are paid next to nothing hourly. That's why watching this endearing waitress have the best shift of her life is so satisfying. Be prepared to smile and maybe shed a few happy-tears:
The Chelsea in the video is ... Read More
BY Andrea Stopa
on Feb 25, 2014
It’s no surprise I clicked the link to the Salon article titled “What Americans Don’t Understand about Weight Loss.” Partly because I am a feminist, and I thought the piece would pick apart the idea that we need to count calories to be worthy, and partly because I myself have always struggled with poor body image and a perpetual weight-loss pursuit. The picture accompanying the story (see below) suggests that we're bound by our obsession ... Read More
This sounds like something from an episode of The Twilight Zone to me, but ABC News recently reported that schools all over the country (in nineteen states!) have added an annual weigh-in to their programs. Children will be weighed at school, and their BMIs will be measured. They will then be asked to take a letter home to their parents with the results.
This new trend is meant to help prevent childhood obesity, but obviously a simple ... Read More
BY Intern Lilly
in Eat Me
on Aug 23, 2012
In a piece for xoJane.com, Lesley Kinzel argues that the outrage over blogs that promote anorexia – i.e. the efforts by Pinterest and Tumblr to take down “pro-ana” or “thinspiration” pages -- is actually making things worse.
Shame, Kinzel points out, is a driving force behind eating disorders. So shaming anorexics by rushing at their blogs with flaming torches and scarlet “A”s may only encourage them to retreat further ... Read More
BY Casey Krosser
on Nov 21, 2011
Liat Ron's new play, Guts, is an entertaining and brutally honest look at one woman’s struggles with body image. The play tells the story of Hellthy, played by Ron, who's broken up with her boyfriend and left NYC to move back in with her parents in Israel. Hellthy's post-breakup depression consumes her at first--she sleeps all day and ruminates in her negative thoughts. Her insecurities are magnified to gargantuan proportions as she ... Read More