body image

  • Activism

    Operation Flawless: A Confessional Recap

    Originally posted at Mad Art Lab I want to thank every single person who contributed even a single selfie. You are all amazing. You are all beautiful. And it is your faces that helped me keep going. I love and respect all of you. I know it was hard. I bow down to you. Monday was the end of Operation…

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  • Feminism

    A Window Into Lookism & Why Your View Matters

    TW for Body Image Issues When you change your clothes, take a shower, or otherwise do things in the nude in a private space, and that space has a publicly-facing window (i.e. a hole in your wall where the only thing separating your bare flesh from the outside world is clear glass), do you close the blinds or draw the…

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  • Meta Stuff

    ICYMI: May 19 – May 25 on the Skepchick Network

    Rise and shine! It’s time to start the day! But don’t hurt yourself. Start out by reading these highlights from the Skepchick Network. Then we’ll work on putting on some pants. Teen Skepchick Vocal Criticism of Religion Beccy continues her series on the history of atheism. Suspension of Disbelief: Star Trek Into Darkness Eddy reviews the latest adventure of the…

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  • Feminism

    Growing Up Online: Why & How I Care About the Comments

    This post contains graphic discussions of bodies and pornography. TW for body image issues. I can’t pretend that some of my reasons for engaging in the comment sections aren’t personal. I first hopped online when I was just over a decade old. As I had been socialized almost exclusively among other Muslims, the Internet was my chance to interact with people…

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  • Feminism

    How to Stop Patronizing Your Fat Friend: Self-Loathing Edition

    Trigger Warning for Body Image Issues and Eating Disorders So you’ve stopped making the political into the personal when it comes to your fat friend. That’s awesome! Thank you so much for hearing what your fat friend has to say rather than your own internalized assumptions about her feelings. “But sometimes,” you tentatively begin, “I hear her actually hating on…

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  • Feminism

    How to Stop Patronizing Your Fat Friend: Fatphobia Edition

    Trigger Warning for Body Image Issues and Eating Disorders Ah, fat — that charged, overloaded, connotation-carrying word. There is a lot I could say about the word, but for the sake of my point, let us fast-forward past the debates over fat-shaming, Health at Every Size, thin privilege, BMI, and so on. Let us make even more haste as we…

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  • Feminism

    Don’t tell me to love my body

    I want to talk to you about how you talk to me about how I talk about my body, and how I talk about how I feel about my body, and what’s wrong with everything you have to say about what I have to say. In short, fuck you. I don’t love my body. My body is awful. I will…

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  • Feminism

    The Great Face-Paint Debate

    Recently, the Internet (especially its feminist and feminist-flavored corners) has exploded over the topic of makeup. For many, the personal became political and vice versa. The aspect of the debate that seemed to have been missed by many in both the pro- and anti- makeup crowds is the variation in perceived cultural pressure regarding feminine conformity, including makeup. In other…

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