Posts tagged "self esteem"

What I’ve Learned About Size And Body Image By Dating A Fat Man

I thought I’d dealt with most of my body image issues before I started dating my current boyfriend. But during the three years we've been together, he’s taught me a lot about size, fatness and self-care. How? By being fat and unapologetic. My boyfriend weighs over 300 pounds, and one of the things I appreciated…

By: Rachel Kramer Bussel / November 22, 2014

Girl Talk: How Dressing “Ugly” Helped Me Through A Breakup

For a period of time after I broke up with the man I'd been dating for four years, all I wore was black. I mourned the relationship by donning a widow's wardrobe. Shapeless t-shirts, a wool sweater with a stretched out collar, an old pair of ballet slippers. I couldn't imagine any other combination, besides

By: Jean Ho / November 3, 2014

Mirror, Mirror: “Fat” And “Ugly” Aren’t The Only Body Issues Women Have

I have a friend who does bodywork -- massage and chiropractic, basically -- who is helping me to get through marathon training. This happens to be the same friend who’s training me in practical self-defense and who knows all about my traumas. When he was working on my quads last week, I instinctively did what…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / August 13, 2014

Mirror, Mirror: Why You Should Really Look At Yourself

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,…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / July 11, 2014

How Not To Hate Your Body

Maybe you are a lady and you hate your body because you don't deserve to have control over it, according to the highest authority on law in the land. Or maybe you are a man and you hate your body because it doesn't look like what you see on TV or in pornzz or whatever.

By: Sara Benincasa / July 1, 2014

Read Amy Schumer’s Hilariously Moving & Powerful Speech About Confidence

Gabourey Sidibe wasn't the only woman to deliver a beautiful speech at last week's Gloria Awards and Gala, hosted by the Ms. Foundation for Women. Comedian Amy Schumer also took the stage and gave a speech on confidence that was as moving as it was funny, and no doubt relatable to any woman who has struggled…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / May 5, 2014

The Soapbox: On The “Confidence Gap” & Women Undermining Other Women

Last week, ABC News reporter Claire Shipman and BBC World News American anchor Katty Kay published an essay in The Atlantic called "The Confidence Gap" about the divide in confidence between men and women. The piece is promoting their new book, The Confidence Code: The Science And Art Of Self-Assurance — What Women Should Know.

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 22, 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

Kickass Woman Of The Day: Dr. Drew’s Daughter Paulina Pinsky Is A Body Positivity Activist

Dr. Drew Pinsky's daughter, Paulina Pinsky, first came out about her seven-year struggle with anorexia and bulimia in a brave essay she penned for the Columbia Daily Spectator in November 2013. The 21-year-old junior at Barnard College described the moment she revealed her secret to her mom in her essay "Get Your Teeth Checked." She wrote: I…

By: Ami Angelowicz / February 24, 2014

Some Thoughts On “Biggest Loser” Winner Rachel Frederickson’s Major Weight Loss

This morning, a friend asked me what I thought about all "The Biggest Loser" finale drama. I hadn't watched it yet, but I had a feeling. "Can I guess?" I said. "Rachel lost too much weight, didn't she?" I was right. I didn't want to spoil the outcome of finale as I'm an avid fa…

By: Ami Angelowicz / February 5, 2014

Mirror, Mirror: Why All Those Dumb Diet Headlines Are More Dangerous Than You Think

It wouldn't be January without the media focusing on anything and everything having to do with weight loss. One of my favorite activities around this time of year is to hate-scroll through The Daily Mail, the website with what I find to be the most absurd/offensive/dumb diet and weight-related headlines. Why do I this? Because…

By: Ami Angelowicz / January 14, 2014

10 Better Body Commandments For The Holiday Season

When The Hairpin published a Guide To Eating Very Particular Feelings, we laughed, but it was a slightly bitter laugh, a nervous "Oh my God this is my life" chuckle. For those of us who eat our feelings or struggle with body image issues (so sadly, many of us), the holidays are especially treacherous time…

By: Ami Angelowicz & Winona Dimeo-Ediger / December 16, 2013

Mirror, Mirror: Letting Go Of Celebrity Body Comparisons

I think everyone who writes about body image has a blind spot or a subject that makes them feel a bit hypocritical. After all, most of us haven't gotten the whole "Love your body exactly as it is 100 percent of the time no matter what" thing down yet, and although we might have a…

By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / December 5, 2013

Mirror, Mirror: I Am Sexier As A Mom

I figured that after I had a baby my body would be like a soldier after war, with the proud, annoying battle scars that have a good story but don’t dress up well. A few things went differently than expected: I had a real baby, which is sort of impossible to imagine beforehand and sort…

By: Kate Fridkis / October 29, 2013

Rebel Wilson Doesn’t Care What She Looks Like And That’s A Very Good Thing

It is time to have a serious conversation about just how amazing Rebel Wilson really is. She has a law degree and an arts degree, proving that she's one smart cookie.  Most importantly, she has a refreshing lack of vanity in an industry where vanity is a pre-requisite. There are a lot of misleading and…

By: Megan Reynolds / October 17, 2013

10 Better Body Affirmations For Young Women

The sad truth is that body snarking may not ever end. The pressure to look a certain way may just continue to get worse. The eating disorders and thinking disorders that accompany poor body image may keep spiraling out of control. The disconnection and hatred women feel for their bodies may only grow stronger. The…

By: Ami Angelowicz & Winona Dimeo-Ediger / September 11, 2013

The Wolf In The Cereal Bowl: How Special K And Other Companies Co-Opt Body Acceptance To Sell Body Shame

It wasn’t long ago that Special K was selling us on the idea that we could "drop a jean size in two weeks" by replacing meals with cereal, shakes and their other food-ish products. In fact, the cereal has long been marketed as a weight loss/weight maintenance plan. This is a brand that once recommended…

By: Claire Mysko / September 4, 2013

Bright Girls Have Big Confidence Problems — And Here’s Why

When I was in sixth grade, I'd advanced far enough along in my math studies to be in pre-Algebra. I went to magnet school in Fort Worth, Texas, with a bunch of other smart kids who had tested into the advanced program, but when I walked into Mr. Zoromski's math class, I felt suddenly out…

By: Julie Gerstein / September 4, 2013

Mirror, Mirror: Being Thin Doesn’t Spare You From Body Snarking

When I was a chubby nine-year-old, I worked up the nerve to ask my crush to "go out" with me. Well, I didn't ask him. I sent of my friends to do it for me. That's bravery, fifth grade style. They came back from the monkey bars looking cagey. I was hyperventilating. "Well!?" I asked,…

By: Ami Angelowicz / August 27, 2013

Those Before/After Fitness Pictures Are A Big, Fat Lie

You might have already expected as much, but those before/after picture for the supplements that claim to help you drop 30 pounds in 30 days or give you an overnight six-pack or whatever insane thing they say they'll do are all a bunch of hogwash. Aussie personal trainer and fitness blogger MelVFitness demonstrated how those…

By: Ami Angelowicz / August 23, 2013
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