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8 Reasons You Shouldn’t Go On A Diet

Weight Gain Rules
This writer is loving her weight gain. Read More »
Brave Style
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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
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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”

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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 »

8 Reasons You Should Be Naked More Often

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On Sleeping Naked
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Jessica cannot sleep naked, despite many valiant attempts. Read More »
First Time Nude
The first time this writer posed nude. Read More »

Recently, I ended up naked in front of a full-length mirror. It was an accident. Seriously, it was. I don’t walk around naked that much. Anyway, there I was, naked, in front of this mirror. And for some reason, I took a long moment, just to look. And it was weird. Because it occurred to me that I never do that. Which I guess is actually pretty normal. But the weird part was that I didn’t really know my own naked body. It was vaguely familiar, of course. I mean, I do take showers and stuff. But I almost never pay attention to it, except to give it some unhelpful critique or be surprised by how chubby it’s gotten in certain places. Actually, ever since I gained some weight, I’ve wanted to be naked even less. Especially when there’s no immediate sex involved. Standing in front of the mirror, I had a small epiphany. I should get to know my naked body. I should get good at being naked. Actually, everyone should. If I was a dictator, I’d mandate daily naked time. And free healthcare for all! And cake! But mostly naked time. Why? Here are some reasons… Keep reading »

Girl Talk: Why I Ditched The Scale

Scale Return
Why Leonora brought a scale back into her home. Read More »
Suddenly Curvy
One woman on loving her weight gain. Read More »
Weight Talk
One writer is sick of talking to women about weight. Read More »

I started watching what I ate around third grade. A boy in my class had made a crack about my weight — an aspect of my physical self I’d never even pondered before — and, suddenly, I was self-conscious about and uneasy in my body. I didn’t dive into actual, formal diets until much later, but third grade marked the beginning of my weight obsession. An obsession that lasted beyond my college years. I won’t bore you with the details because honestly? They’re textbook self-loathing and body dysmorphia. My story could be anyone’s. Keep reading »

Morning Quickies: Victoria Beckham Think She Stands For The “General Public”

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Spice Girls Musical
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Hells yes! A Spice Girls musical is in the works. Read More »
Victoria Beckham models in Bazaar
  • Victoria Beckham, a lady not known for her enjoyment of carbs, says that she represents the “average woman” when it comes to styling and sizing her clothing line. ‘We always joke that we have this fabulously gorgeous 17-year-old model who is six-foot-whatever and then I say “OK, I’m going to put it on,’” she told Harper’s Bazaar. “I stand for the general public here.” That quote is perhaps unintentionally the most prescient, spot-on analysis of warped body ideals that anyone could have made. [Daily Mail UK]
  • Michelle Duggar, the extremely fertile mom from “19 Kids & Counting,” explains why overpopulation is not a problem. This should be rich. [Evil Beet Gossip]
  • Julianne Moore and Scarlett Johannsson are teaming up for Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s directorial debut about a guy trying hard to be less of a dick. We’re so there. [Variety]
  • Gwyneth Paltrow may have penned her cookbook herself, dammit (despite claims to the contrary by the New York Times), but plenty of other famous authors actually have used ghostwriters. Here’s just 10 of ‘em. [Flavorwire]
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Evening Quickies: Jerks Are Saying Jennifer Lawrence Is Too Fat To Play Katniss

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Racists Upset
Some racist "Hunger Games" fans are mad about its black actors. Read More »
Morning Quickies
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Jennifer Lawrence photo
  • Jerky movie critics are whining that Jennifer Lawrence had too much “lingering baby fat” to play Katniss Everdeen in “The Hunger Games,” a character who is supposed to be desperately hungry. Yes, “fat” is exactly what I think when I look at this picture. [NYMag.com]
  • Geraldo Rivera apologized for his insensitive tweet last week, which said that 17-year-old Trayvon Martin’s hoodie “is as much responsible” for his murder “as George Zimmerman was.” (Don’t make us make fun of your mustache, dude.) “I have obscured the main point that someone shot and killed an unarmed teenager,” Geraldo wrote in a letter to the news site Politico. “I apologize to anyone offended by what one prominent black conservative called my ‘very practical and potentially life-saving campaign urging black and Hispanic parents not to let their children go around wearing hoodies.’” In other news, Geraldo has black friends. [Politico]
  • Ryan Gosling’s precious face is bloodied and bruised! Don’t fret, Amelia, it’s only for a role. [Buzzfeed]
  • A former hookup of Jeremy Piven’s blabbed to Gawker that dude gives terrible cunnilingus. Duly noted. [PopBytes]
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The Soapbox: A Former Fat Kid Responds To The “Vogue” Mother Who Put Her 7-Year-Old On A Diet

My Scale
One write talks about why she brought a scale back into her home. Read More »
Secret Eating
One writer talks about being a secret eater. Read More »
Weight Talk
One writer is sick of talking to women about weight. Read More »

By now, many of you may have read Vogue’s annual “Shape” issue and had some reaction to the story of Bea, a seven-year-old girl whose mother was intent on curing her “obesity,” which was, in reality, 16 extra pounds of baby fat.

“One day Bea came home from school in tears, confessing that a boy at school had called her fat. The incident crushed me, but it was a wake-up call. Being overweight is not a private struggle. Everyone can see it,” said Bea’s mother, Dara-Lynn Weiss.

Weiss immediately put Bea on a Weight Watchers-type diet designed for children. Reading this, I felt a familiar pang in my gut. I was also an overweight child who came home from school and complaining about being teased. It was fifth grade, and I was the new kid in school. I didn’t know I was overweight until one of the popular boys spit on my new pair of Vans and called me “fat ass.” The girls were even worse. They attacked me in the bathroom with a barrage of spitballs. I spent most of the school year alone, writing in my journal. There’s one heartbreaking entry I’ll never forget: Dear Diary, Please let me be popular. Please let me not be fat anymore.

Although I’ve moved on and healed from these experiences, which happened more than 20 years ago, it still hurts to write about them. They’re a reminder of how cruel people can be, perhaps without even meaning to. What’s more painful for me, though, is remembering how my mother reacted to these incidents. Keep reading »

10 Reasons I’m Glad I’m Not A Perfect 10

Small Boobs Rule!
10 reasons to love small boobies. Read More »
The Ugly Friend
How one writer stopped thinking of herself as the ugly friend in the group. Read More »
Things Women Can Do
18 things that most women are good at. But not this woman! Read More »
Brave Style
10 things this writer will wear when she's braver. Read More »

Being gorgeous sounds pretty great. It sounds like exactly what a woman might want to be. When you’re gorgeous, the world is supposedly your oyster. Whatever that means. More like, the world is your lobster, because people want to buy you expensive stuff. But is being incredibly hot really all that it’s cracked up to be? I think not! You look shocked. But read on. I will give you 10 solid reasons why I’m glad I’m not a perfect 10. Keep reading »

10 Reasons Big Boobs Are Awesome (And 10 Reasons They’re Not So Awesome)

Small Boobs Rule!
10 reasons to love small boobies. Read More »

I read Kate Fridkis’ recent essay about small boobs with a mix of fascination and envy. As someone who’s had double Ds since junior high, the small boob experience is totally foreign to me, although I’ve wished for smaller boobs on many occasions. Large breasts are idolized in pop culture, but the experience of actually walking around with two watermelons attached to your chest? Well, sometimes it’s awesome, and sometimes it’s decidedly not awesome. Here’s why… Keep reading »

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