Posts tagged "body positivity"

Watch: Demi Lovato Poses Nude And Make-Up Free In Vanity Fair Shoot

In order to raise awareness for body positivity, singer Demi Lovato posed nude and make-up free in a gorgeous Vanity Fair shoot.
The singer said about her experience:

“It’s empowering, and it shows other women that you can get to a place where you can overcome the obstacles of body-image issues, and you ca…

Katrin Higher / October 3, 2015

Thighbrows: The Stupidly Named “Trend” That Is At Least Inclusive And Body Positive

When I saw the headline “Are Thighbrows The New Thighgap?” on, my initial instinct was to roll my eyes heavenward and brace myself for a new stupidly named non “trend” celebrating some aspect of thinner bodies over heavier ones. What I found was indeed a stupidly named non trend, but celebrating an aspect of…

Amelia McDonell-Parry / September 11, 2015

True Story: How Sewing Empowered Me To Shape My Own Body Image

Uncomfortable with being told what clothes you can or can’t wear? Give sewing a go.

Jenny Rushmore / August 10, 2015

Instagram Has Banned #Curvy

Instagram has added the hashtag #curvy to its banned list, saying that it was being used to share videos and photos that violated their (medieval, regressive, backward) policies about nudity. “Curvy” being generally used to promote female body acceptance, it’s worth mentioning that you can still search #skinny and #thin (although not #thinspo).
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Rebecca Vipond Brink / July 16, 2015

Lauren Conrad Bans The Word “Skinny” From Her Website

This swimsuit season, Lauren Conrad has banned negative body talk on her website. She writes:
…Our June theme here on is going to be Shape Up. You can expect all the great fitness content you’ve come to know and love here on the site, including my Bikini Boot Camp series. But, you’ll also notice

Claire Hannum / June 2, 2015

Down With Being “Chill,” Up With Being In Love

The imperative to be “chill” in relationships is killing the actual process of falling in love with someone, which is a decidedly un-chill thing to do.

Rebecca Vipond Brink / April 3, 2015

The US Presbyterian Church Now Recognizes Gay Marriage

Woohoo, another victory for gay rights!

Rebecca Vipond Brink / March 18, 2015

Lena Dunham Is Having To Defend Her Workouts As “Not Anti-Feminist”

According to Marie Claire (because I don’t watch Letterman), Lena Dunham is having to defend herself as a feminist … because she’s working out.
Let me say from the outset, because I’m going to say it at some point, that I really do not like Lena Dunham (The Public Figure). I don’t think it’s extraordinary…

Rebecca Vipond Brink / March 18, 2015

The Obamas Are Starting An Education Initiative For Girls Around The World

Malala Yousafzai has inspired the Obamas to start a new initiative to support education for girls around the world. [Washington Post]
Vice President Biden will be the headline speaker at the Human Rights Campaign’s annual convention this year. [AP]
A “sex gang” in Oxfordshire has assaulted 373 children in the last 16 years. [BBC]…

Rebecca Vipond Brink / March 3, 2015

“That’s Not ‘Arm Flab,’ That’s Your Tricep”: On Knowing Your Own Body

I was hanging out with my friend Em last night. Em is a petite woman, a little shorter than average and naturally slender. She was asking me about weight-lifting and telling me that she liked to do tricep extensions because, in her words, as she held up her right arm to demonstrate by moving the…

Rebecca Vipond Brink / February 26, 2015

Joni Edelman: “Happiness Does Not Require Thinness; Fatness Does Not Presume Sadness”

If you haven’t read Joni Edelman’s essay on why being thin doesn’t cure sadness or manufacture happiness yet, GO DO IT. NOW. NOW NOW NOW.

Rebecca Vipond Brink / February 20, 2015

Watch How The “Ideal” Female Body Has Changed Throughout History

In this video, BuzzFeed enlists 11 models to give us a look at how female body standards have changed over the course of 3,000 years. Today’s (impossible) beauty standards may seem like they’re here to stay, but they’ve changed in the past and will undoubtedly evolve again. It’s cringey to think of desired body type…

Claire Hannum / January 29, 2015

Tess Holliday Is Now The Largest Plus-Size Model To Sign With A Major Agency

Plus-size model Tess Holliday (also known as Tess Munster) signed with MiLK Model Management last week, making her the first model of her height and size to be signed to a major agency. While it’s frustrating to live in a world in which it’s this rare for a beautiful woman to be hired as a…

Claire Hannum / January 27, 2015

Trans Teenager Leelah Alcorn’s Funeral Had To Be Moved Following Threats Against Her Family

The funeral for Leelah Alcorn, the trans teen who committed suicide last week, had to be moved after her family started receiving threats. [Cosmopolitan]
One of Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson’s grand jurors is suing the prosecutor, Bob McCulloch, for botching the case. [RawStory]
“Skinny” health insurance plans that allow…

Rebecca Vipond Brink / January 5, 2015

Jane Byrne, Chicago’s First And Only Female Mayor, Has Died

Chicago’s first and only female mayor, Jane Byrne, has passed away. [Sun-Times]
#YouKnowHerName is trending over the media gag order on saying rape and suicide victim Rehtaeh Parson’s name in Canada. [Jezebel]
President Obama’s immigration plan would extend protection to 5 million unauthorized immigrants. [New York Times]
The KKK is threatening…

Rebecca Vipond Brink / November 14, 2014

Fitness Vlogger John David Glaude Bravely Bares His Loose Skin

Fitness vlogger John David Glaude of the YouTube channel Obese to Beast has lost 160 pounds since he started getting into fitness, and that’s come with a side effect he didn’t originally expect: A lot of loose skin. It’s a predictable result of extreme weight loss, but not one that’s been well-documented in American culture.

Rebecca Vipond Brink / November 11, 2014

White Women Failed Wendy Davis (And Texas In General)

White women in Texas failed Wendy Davis and the whole rest of the state. [RH Reality Check]
Read this interview with intersex people to find out what life is like for them. [Cosmopolitan]
Here are the five worst states for black people. [The Root]
Read about Harry Potter’s lessons about bullying.

Rebecca Vipond Brink / November 6, 2014

Victoria’s Secret Should Probably Get On Board With Body Positivity One Of These Days

Victoria’s Secret launched an ad campaign in the UK with the words ‘The Perfect “Body”’ plastered over a lineup of the tall, size-nothing, airbrushed, Photoshopped Angels. I shouldn’t have to say so, but I will spell out that the ad implies that the perfect body is tall, size-nothing, airbrushed, and Photoshopped, which is a standard…

Rebecca Vipond Brink / October 31, 2014

CBC Host Jian Ghomeshi Fired After Accusations Of Abuse

Canadian Broadcasting Company host Jian Ghomeshi was fired over allegations of abuse. Three women say that Ghomeshi was violent towards them before and during sexual encounters they say were not consensual. [Death and Taxes]
Brazilian employers are often racist and insulting toward their maids, according to a Twitter account which retweets such insult…

Rebecca Vipond Brink / October 27, 2014

Never, Ever, Ever Stop Eating

Last week was Body Confidence Week in the UK, a social media marketing campaign led by Dove (of course). I watched on Sunday as the UK body positivity organization Shape Your Culture got the hashtag #fatisnotafeeling to trend on Twitter in response to Facebook adding “fat” and “ugly” as emotions for status updates.

Rebecca Vipond Brink / October 22, 2014