Posts tagged "body image"

Watch This “Louie” Character Serve Up Some Heavy Truth About Dating As A Fat Girl

"Louie, you know what the meanest thing is you can say to a fat girl? 'You're not fat.' I mean, come on, buddy. It just sucks. It really really sucks. You have no idea. And the worst part is, I'm not even supposed to do this. Tell anyone how bad it sucks, because it's too…
By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / May 13, 2014

The Soapbox: Powerlifting Is For Women, Too

The first time I put a barbell across my back, I was in love. It wasn't like I had never lifted weights before; I had, but never like this. Thanks to the myth that I needed to do high reps with light weights to get  “toned” arms and legs (because, of course, as a…
By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / May 13, 2014

Bow Down, Bitches: Plus-Size Fashion Bloggers Create Their Own “***Flawless” Video

Fashion blogger GabiFresh deals with her fair share of haters. As a plus-size woman in the fashion world, getting passed over for opportunities, being judged for her size, and dealing with vicious comments about her body are par for the course. After hearing Beyonce's song, "***Flawless," and seeing…
By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / May 8, 2014

RIP Society: Woman Loses 128 Lbs. Because Some Drunk Guy Called Her Fat, Gets A Job At Hooters

Here's one way to make lemonade out of lemons, ladies. Or, um, arsenic. If some drunk asshole makes a rude comment about what a fat cow you are, use it as inspiration to lose 128 lbs and get a job at Hooters — you may end up on the local news!  …
By: Jessica Wakeman / May 8, 2014

Fatphobia: A Guide For The Disbeliever

This piece was crossposted with permission from KittyStryker.com. First, a little bit about me. I’m an American who has lived on one coast or the other, who has spent extended time in Poland and in London. I’ve been familiar with fatphobia my whole life, as my mother is fat, my grandmother is fat, and…
By: Kitty Stryker / May 6, 2014

Blogger Takes Shape Magazine To Task For Refusing To Show A Real Picture Of Massive Weight Loss

Brooke Birmingham, author of the health and fitness blog, "Brooke: Not On A Diet," was able to lose over 170 pounds without surgery or fad diets. She dropped the weight the good ol' fashioned way: cutting out processed food, counting calories, and exercising more. The process took her four years of hard…
By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / May 5, 2014

Gabourey Sidibe Is Unbreakable

"If [others] hadn't made me cry, I wouldn't be able to cry on cue now. If I hadn't been told I was garbage, I wouldn't have learned how to show people I'm talented. And if everyone had always laughed at my jokes, I wouldn't have figured out how to be so funny. If they hadn't…
By: Jessica Wakeman / May 3, 2014

Watch This: A Dove Parody Ad That Asks Men To See The “Real Beauty” Of Their Ballsacks

The internet is bursting with parodies of Dove's Real Beauty ads, and if you ask me, there can never be too many. This one actually came out a year ago, but I just stumbled upon it, and it's too good not to share. The idea behind it is simple: what if the…
By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / April 28, 2014

Watch This: A Hilarious (And Painfully Accurate) Parody Of Dove’s “Real Beauty” Ads

Dove has had a few moments of brilliance over the course of its decade-long Real Beauty campaigns -- I genuinely enjoyed the "sketches" ad last year, for example -- but the entire premise of a company that sells anti-cellulite cream trying to teach women to love themselves exactly as they are has alway…
By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / April 22, 2014

Frisky Rant: Weight Watchers’ Repulsive New Ad Campaign Asks Women To Publicly Confess Their Shame … For Eating

This ad for Weight Watchers "Smart Ones" frozen meals popped up before a YouTube video I was watching, and I actually had to watch it twice all the way through to realize it wasn't some kind of satire or parody. Unfortunately, it's real. And it's terrible. "We brought women like you together in Times Square,"…
By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / April 19, 2014

Here’s How You Can Help Make “Fattitude,” A Documentary About Sizeism, A Reality

Fat people can't win in popular culture. Either they are the subject of reality TV shows about often-extreme weight loss ("The Biggest Loser," "Heavy, "I Used To Be Fat"), they're headless bodies in news segments about obesity (or chunky cheerleaders), or they're the butt of some hack's lame joke.
By: Jessica Wakeman / April 16, 2014

“Biggest Loser” Winner, Rachel Frederickson, Is Back To Eating The Occasional Oreo

"I've gone up about 20 pounds. I think I'm at my perfect weight!…I work out an hour, six days a week. I love classes like SoulCycle, I also loosely count calories, but sometimes I might eat an Oreo. It's not the end of the world." "Biggest Loser" winner …
By: Ami Angelowicz / April 3, 2014

Cindy Crawford Was Judged By Her Calculus Professor Because Of Her Looks

OK, so it's a little difficult to feel tons of sympathy for the genetically blessed amongst us. But everyone has their struggles in life and when you're a person who is only known for their looks, sometimes people treat you like you don't have any brains. Case in point: Cindy Crawford learned an awful lesso…
By: Claire Hannum / April 2, 2014

Mindy Kaling To Vogue: “I Don’t Want To Be Skinny”

"There's a whole list of things I would probably change about myself. For example, I'm always trying to lose fifteen pounds. But I never need to be skinny. I don't want to be skinny. I'm constantly in a state of self-improvement, but I don't beat myself up over it. ... It's really tempting not to take chance…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / March 28, 2014

True Story: My Crash Course In Porn And Empowerment

It’s easy to say that pornography is empowering for women, or that it degrades them. Oversimplifying, certainly, but easy. The truth is it’s much more complicated than that. I was 19 when I realized I could go to college without the debt that my friends were already beginning to complain about. I could…
By: Kitty Stryker / March 27, 2014

7 Tips For Clothes Shopping During A Weight Loss Transition

I'm currently in the process of losing some weight. While the experience has been less life-changing than I expected, I'm proud of myself for eating healthier and exercising more often. I feel good. The one downside so far? I'm at the stage of weight loss where my clothes mostly still fit, but they…
By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / March 27, 2014

“Nobody Really Wants To See A Real Person On The Cover Of Vogue,” Says UK Vogue Editor — But I Call Bullshit

The editor of UK Vogue, Alexandra Shulman, gave an interview this weekend and revealed very candidly how people who create fashion magazines like Vogue think. In an interview on BBC Radio 2, Shulman — who has been editor of UK Vogue since 1992 — spoke about what makes for a successful magazine cover. Here she i…
By: Jessica Wakeman / March 18, 2014

5 Invisible Obstacles I Conquer Every Time I Run

I started running regularly about six months ago, moving slowly from the "Oh My God I Hate This So Much" stage to the "Hey This Is Kind Of Cool" stage to the "If I Go More Than 2 Days In A Row Without Running I Miss It And Get Really Aggro" stage, which is where…
By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / March 18, 2014

“Normal-Sized Barbie” Could Be Coming To A Kid Near You

How awesome would it be if we could hand a kid a doll that didn't have absurdly unrealistic proportions like Barbie does? You may remember last year's 3D print of a Barbie created using the average measurements of a 19-year-old girl. It made waves on the internet because, spoiler alert, the original…
By: Claire Hannum / March 6, 2014

Mirror, Mirror: The Weight Loss Lies We Tell Ourselves

I blinked a couple times in disbelief, jiggling the sliding weight marker on the old school scale in the corner of the YMCA. An inch to the right or left, and it would clank down, but the weight it was balanced on couldn't be right, could it? If I was doing the math correctly, I'd…
By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / March 6, 2014
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