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16 Things You Hate About Your Body That Men Love

Hate your hips? Whether they are too flabby, too bony, too narrow, too wide or otherwise unpleasant to your eyes, chances are, most men find them attractive. Women waste an immeasurable amount of time sweating about body parts that men find sexy in any number of physical states. Check out this list to find out why you should learn to love your so-called flaws after all.

1. Feet.  Many men secretly love women’s feet. They don’t even pay attention to the usual body parts that you may be squeamish about. Read more …

Teen Activist Julia Bluhm Is Still Fighting Against Photoshop

Julia's Seventeen Petition
Teen activist asks Seventeen to print unaltered photos. Read More »
Open Letter To Seventeen
Blogger Tavi takes the mag to task over an ugly cover line. Read More »

A couple weeks ago we told you about an amazing 14-year-old activist named Julia Bluhm who wrote a petition to Seventeen magazine asking them to publish one unaltered photo spread every month. Well, since then Julia’s been busy. Her petition has garnered over 74,000 signatures (yep, you read that right: 74,000), she scored a profile in The New York Times, and she recently held a mock photo shoot outside the Seventeen offices (that’s her in the middle)… Keep reading »

“Duh” Of The Day: Women More Likely To Buy Clothing Seen On Models Their Own Size

Models Sans Airbrushing
See what these beautiful girls really look like! Read More »
New Modeling Rules
Young models will be carded from now on. Read More »
Natural Model Management
New agency will represent sizes 6-10. Read More »

Women have complained for years about the lack of diversity in the modeling industry, and while we’ve seen some small improvements, models are still overwhelmingly very tall, very thin, very young, and very white. However, a recent study might provide companies with just the motivation they need to change their ways: women spend a lot more money when they see clothes on models and mannequins with body types similar to theirs. Here’s the lowdown… Keep reading »

12 Ways To Love Your Body Without Hitting The Gym

Hate working out? Join the club. While exercise is important, it isn’t the only way to improve the way you look. In fact, there are plenty of painless ways to freshen up your appearance and feel better about your bod.

We polled our experts to find out some things you can do to improve your body image without setting foot inside a spin class. In fact, some of their suggestions can be done right in the comfort of your own home. Skeptical? Read more …

The Rise Of Weight Watchers In The 1960′s

This week on “Mad Men“‘s “Dark Shadows” episode, Weight Watchers serves as a type of therapy for Betty Francis, who can definitely use it. Boredom, jealousy, and insecurity dominate Betty’s life as a 1960s housewife on her second marriage, and she’s turned to bags of Bugles to pass the time. Now determined to lose the weight, the former model turns to a new diet plan gaining popularity with women like her, Weight Watchers. Considering Betty’s mother-in-law already tried to push diet pills on her, which contained amphetamines at the time, the group meetings are the responsible approach to weight loss for Betty Francis. Read more …

Teen Activist Asks Seventeen Magazine To Skip The Photoshop

Models Sans Airbrushing
See what these beautiful girls really look like! Read More »
"No Airbrushing" Policy
Faith Hill Redbook Photoshop photo
Why a "no airbrushing" policy is good, but not good enough. Read More »
Open Letter To Seventeen
Blogger Tavi takes the mag to task over an ugly cover line. Read More »

Julia Bluhm, a 14-year-old from Waterville, Maine, was hearing a lot of negative self-talk in her ballet class. Her peers often complained about feeling fat and exhibited signs of warped body image. “To girls today, the word ‘pretty’ means skinny and blemish-free,” says Julia. “Why is that, when so few girls actually fit into such a narrow category? It’s because the media tells us that ‘pretty’ girls are impossibly thin with perfect skin.” Fed up with such unattainable standards, Julia decided it was time to act. So she wrote a petition to the editorial board of Seventeen magazine, with one simple request… Keep reading »

Girl Talk: Finding Body Acceptance At The Tattoo Parlor

Suddenly Curvy
One woman on loving her weight gain. Read More »
The Tattooed Lady
Life as a woman with a lot of ink. Read More »
Comfortable Curvy
She likes her bigger body better. Read More »

When I think of locales that are likely to offer me an onslaught of body-related judgment, I think of the beach, the bar, and the gym. I mean, body judgment is incredibly pervasive, but all three of those places are renowned breeding grounds for intense figure scrutiny, comparisons, and body-snarking. Recently, I discovered that my doctor’s office should be added to the list. Doctors are supposed to support and encourage us as we attempt to balance healthy lifestyle decisions with actual life events and pressures. But our country’s current obsession with obesity as the big, bad, magically all-encompassing factor in good health means that doctors feel perfectly comfortable judging patients based on weight alone. As someone who sits right on the BMI border of normal-overweight, I can tell you that when I cross over, I get lectured. Even if my crossover is a mere pound. No fooling.

It irks me to feel evaluated based on my body’s shape and size at the beach, the bar, and the gym. But it infuriates me to feel evaluated based on my body’s shape and size at the doctor’s office because I’m being evaluated by someone who actually knows more about my body and its overall health than the average casual observer. And I started to wonder if there are ANY places and situations that feel completely free of body judgment.  Keep reading »

8 Reasons You Shouldn’t Go On A Diet

Weight Gain Rules
This writer is loving her weight gain. Read More »
Brave Style
10 things this writer will wear when she's braver. Read More »
Dressing Vs. Dieting
Why women should focus on the bodies they have. Read More »

It’s spring! The trees are blossoming! All six of them! Or maybe that’s just on my block. The several tufts of grass are violently green. I suddenly want to buy at least two pairs of gladiator sandals. Because suddenly one doesn’t feel like enough. And also, because it’s spring, weight-loss advice is blooming. It’s everywhere. Shed those extra pounds before summer! Be able to fit into those shorts! Get your bikini bod on! Or, you know, catchier slogans.

I am going to the Caribbean in a couple months. My dad won a trip at an auction, and he’s taking the family, significant others included. When I found out, my first thought was “Yay!” and my second thought was, “Shit.” The “shit” related to the fact that I have not put on a bikini in well over a year, and since then, I’ve gained about 15 pounds. Keep reading »

If Kelly Osbourne And Christina Aguilera Could Never Call Each Other “Fat” Again, I Will Die Happy

Kelly Vs. Xtina
kelly osbourne calls christina aguilera fat
Kelly defends calling Christina fat with "eye for an eye" excuse. Read More »
Too Fat?!
That's what a renowned modeling agency said about this model. Read More »
Former Fat Kid
... responds to the Vogue mom who put her 7yo daughter on a diet. Read More »
Kelly Osbourne in Glamour magazine photo

“Sometimes it’s other people’s voices you have to shut out. That’s what happened with me and Christina Aguilera, which people don’t understand. She called me fat for years. One night on ‘Fashion Police’ I said, ‘F—k you. Now you’re fat too.’ I didn’t say I wasn’t fat. I said, ‘Now you know how it feels.’ And I’m sorry, but I stand by that. I make a point on the show never to say anything about anybody that I wouldn’t say directly to their face. I’m famous, and she’s famous; it doesn’t mean I can’t stand up for myself. I took it for 10 years and finally decided to be like, ‘You know what? I’m done.’ And that’s the last thing I will ever say about it.”

I can appreciate that Kelly Osbourne was trying to share body confidence tips as a “former fat person” with Glamour magazine. However, being happy about calling another woman “fat” on national television is a bullshit body confidence tip. These two remind me of middle school girls. [Glamour]

Morning Quickies: Lady Gaga Tweets “Pop Singers Don’t Eat”

Gaga Gone Braless
Lady Gaga sans bra. Read More »
Lady Gaga's Apartment
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  • Lady Gaga is getting slammed for a tweet reading “Just killed back to back spin classes. Eating a salad, dreaming of a cheeseburger #PopSingersDontEat #IWasBornThisWay.” I thought Lady Gaga of all people would have known better than to tweet that. [PopCrush]
  • Kanye West and Kim Kardashian are splurging on a week at a private bungalow in St. Lucia. [The Celebrity Cafe]
  • The National Enquirer reportedly has a video of Bobbi Kristina Brown ripping a bong. [Stupid Celebrities]
  • Ten reasons stripping made this woman a better lover. [Betty Confidential] Keep reading »
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