Here are all the things I know about my body: My angular face no longer gains weight at the same rate that the rest of my body does, so when I gain weight my head looks smaller even though everything else looks about right in ratio to each other. I have proportionately very large thighs, and specifically proportionately very large quadriceps. My hamstrings and calves aren’t as developed. My ankles are likewise really wide. I have splayed breasts and my nipples don’t point quite forward. My rib cage is just about as wide as my hips. My hips are very wide. My butt has a pretty round shape but it doesn’t sit very high and I still don’t know if that can change via infinite squats (or if I care?). I have thin fingers but knobby knuckles. I have wide shoulders. My upper arms have some heft, so when they’re flat to my sides they splay out a little. My toes curl into each other. The tops of my feet are kind of hairy. I have a genuinely big-boned frame. The way I carry fat on my body has changed significantly in the last 10 years. I bloat up the week before my period. My skin never tans, it just gets sort of burnished. My legs are short for my height. I’m 70 inches tall, I weigh 176 pounds, and I have 24 percent body fat.
None of these things are criticisms — well, none of them are criticisms anymore. I spent the larger part of my life avoiding looking in the mirror, and when I did, I would only catch glances. It’d be a glance here at my legs, a glance there at my arms. It was always part of a subconscious effort to compare a part of my body to a part of someone else’s body — not just celebrities, but women I’d see walking down the street. So I only knew about my body the things that didn’t match up to someone else. Keep reading »
The UK boasts universal healthcare, tea flowing like wine, and Conservatives who sound like our Democrats when it comes to gun control and reproductive justice. A foreigner unfamiliar with the journalism landscape in the UK would have no reason to question the country’s progressive values.
The Sun is the UK’s widest-circulation newspaper and is read by more than two million people every day. It is published by News UK, a subsidiary of News Corps, and owned by Rupert Murdoch – i.e., it’s about as far right as the UK gets. I never purchased The Sun, but for the entire four years I lived in the UK I saw it most days I ventured out of my house; it’s absolutely everywhere. The paper costs £2 (just under $4.00), boasts amazing sports coverage, celebrity and political news and a TV guide. But where The Sun sharply diverts from newspapers we’re used to in America is on its third page. Page 3 is a cultural institution: in every issue for the past 40 years, there has been a topless young woman on the third page, referred to as “Page 3 girls.”
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I am not trying to argue for mandatory toplessness, or even bralessness. What I am arguing for is a woman’s right to choose how she represents her body — and to make that choice based on personal desire and not a fear of how people will react to her or how society will judge her. No woman should be made to feel ashamed of her body.
Scout Willis has written a piece for xoJane (which I recently decided is kins of a sex positive Daily Mail, what with the extremely lengthy and overly explanatory confessional headlines) about why she was photographed walking around NYC topless late last week. Her #FreeTheNipple campaign is in response to Instagram’s ban on the areolae, and while I was expecting to kind of roll my eyes at the whole thing being a little silly, her piece is actually rather well-researched. For example, did you know… Keep reading »
Amanda Schoonover seems like a pretty rad lady: she’s covered in tattoos, she loves her body, and she’s an actress who appears frequently on the Philly stage. For her 40th birthday, she decided to do a boudoir photography shoot and post one image a day for 40 days. “I wanted to do something that promoted a positive image of what 40 looks like,” she told Philly Mag. “Some people say, ‘Well, don’t worry. You don’t look 40!’ I find this rather insulting. What do people think 40 looks like? This is what it looks like, and I am very proud of it. I am hoping the pictures inspire others to love themselves at any age.”
Which is awesome … until the part where Facebook removed a photo for being “obscene.” Keep reading »
Lena Dunham is naked, or partially naked, fairly frequently on “Girls.” (So is Jemima Kirke. Both Allison Williams and Zosia Mamet keep themselves more covered up.) Some of Lena’s nudity is during sex scenes, while a bunch of others are when her character is changing clothes, sitting on the toilet, or in the bath or shower. They are intended to be awkward, uncomfortable, or even humiliating. As is a fair amount of real-life nudity, frankly.
Yesterday, during a Television Critics Association Panel, The Wrap’s TV writer Tim Molloy asked Dunham why her character is naked so much on the show. The manner in which he “asked,” led to a curt response from Dunham, and a bit of a tongue lashing from producer Judd Apatow, who called Molloy “sexist,” “misogynistic” and “offensive.” Molloy then wrote an entire article complaining about the exchange. Keep reading »
I don’t even understand what is going on here, maybe because I’m not a creepy creep who regularly watches pixelated Canadian actresses showering. But here we are! According to the gamer blog Kotaku, this is Ellen Page as a character named “Jodie,” in the vide game “Beyond: Two Souls,” taking a shower. Yes, you can watch her take her clothes off, rinse off under the water, then dry herself with a towel — just like a real woman. Very voyeuristic! It’s from something called “a debug PS3,” whatever that means. Anyway, without further ado … yeah, this is weird. [Kotaku]
Nobody, not even Miranda Kerr or Gisele Bundchen, loves every single inch of what their body looks like naked. Why is that?
The saddest thing in the world is that we all get our ideas about what the naked human form “should” look like from Photoshopped, expertly lit, heavily made-up images that aren’t even close to real. And then when we’re confronted with the real thing — the cellulite, the sags, the ashiness — we are taught to believe it looks ugly.
Enter Dale Favier, a Portland, Oregon-based massage therapist. He has seen a hell of a lot of naked bodies (or body parts, anyway) in his many years of giving massage therapy. And he would like us to know a thing or two about what people really look like naked. Keep reading »
I, for one, would never even begin to entertain the idea of venturing naked into a haunted house. I’m scared enough being naked in my own bedroom by myself, let alone in the vicinity of strangers, and also while in a FUCKING HAUNTED HOUSE. Thanks but no thanks, Sinking Spring, PA, and your Naked and Scared Challenge. This is one challenge I am just not game for. Not now, and probably not ever. Unfortunately (for some), because of the “worldwide attention” the attraction … attracted, the township officials requested that the “nude” option no longer be presented to Shocktoberfest-goers. Underwear, on the other hand? Totally fine. Great, even. Participants stripped down to their skivvies, and Disney News blog Inside the Magic took a camera-wielding peek at the revamped challenge. So! If the Naked and Scared Challenge was something that intrigued you from the get-go, it’s your lucky day, and you even get to keep your pants on. [via Gawker]
Nude open mic, anyone? Brown University in Rhode Island is hosting a nudity week with nude body painting, nude yoga classes, and other naked events all to celebrate the human form. Or save money on laundry. Hard to say. The two students who planned the school’s nudity week from September 30 to October 5 said they want their classmates to think about body image, ability and power. No phones cameras or bags will be allowed in any of the events, so the event stays strictly collegiate. While nudity week sounds body-affirming and potentially educational, can’t this be accomplished without people’s naked butts sitting on chairs that other people want to use? Are these kids going to wash everything afterwards, too? Body acceptance is great … butt germs are not. [Huffington Post] [CBS Local] [Image of butts via Shutterstock]
Are you bored with traditional haunted houses? Do you yawn at the prospect of a teenage zombie jumping out from behind a curtain to scream in your face? Find yourself checking your watch while the “scary” clown juggles skulls in front of you? Luckily for you, a haunted house in Sinking Spring, Pennsylvania has found a new way to scare their un-scareable customers: a naked haunted house. Yep, to enter the haunted house in the Naked And Scared Challenge, participants must first strip down (dress code is either nude or “prude,” with underwear), simultaneously facing their fears of public nudity, being in close proximity to strangers’ genitals, and possibly getting peed on (according to the event website, “there is an additional cleaning charge if we scare the p*ss out of you!”). You must be 18 to participate, obviously.
Tell us: would you be brave enough to enter the Naked And Scared Challenge? [Daily Mail]