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Dispatches from Ladyblogland

Dispatches from Ladyblogland

This week, I attended an academic conference in which someone addressed the topic of mass incarceration of black women, a topic that ladyblogland has talked about for years. It makes you think: there’s a lot of good work being done here in ladyblogland. With that in mind, let’s see what the bloggers talked about this week.

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This Week in Misogyny

This Week in Misogyny Isn’t Wearing Spanx

This week we’ve got some good news, some Oscars news, and the usual assortment of fucked up shit. Let’s get down to business. (As usual, trigger warnings for pretty much everything apply.)

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Perspectives

Five New Year’s Resolutions Fit for This Fatty

This New Year I resolve to tell the diet industry to kiss my fat ass.

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Bodies

Why I Don’t Care If My Daughter Gets Fat

Ruthie is three. She is a healthy toddler. Her brain is perfect–a neurologist confirmed that in 2012 when she was exhibiting some strange growth patterns that needed to be checked out.

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Bodies

Envision Your Diet-Free Life

One of the many things that I dislike about diets is that they’re so all-consuming. Personally, I think that dieters need to think and talk about their diets all the time because it’s really not a natural thing to be on a diet.

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Bodies

Trick or Treat: What is the Scariest Part of Halloween?

I know, I know seasonal blogs. We are all filled to the brim reading about Halloween, and it won’t be long before every other blogger and I will be writing about Thanksgiving and then Christmas and then a nice hiatus before we get to write about “The New Beginnings of Spring Tra La!”  But I […]

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Bodies

No More Weighting

My eyes open. I languidly stretch my body. I feel gratitude for my strong legs and murmur words of love to my round belly. I roll over onto my side and serenely admire how my butt looks like two plump croissants nestled next to each other.

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Bodies

Cereal Killer

This is the first of two pieces I am writing in honor of the NOW Foundation’s 15th annual Love Your Body Day taking place on Oct. 17th. If you are interested in participating in a NOW fundraiser in honor of Love Your Body Day visit About Curves and find out how you can help!

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Bodies

What Diets And Deodorants Have In Common (It’s Probably Not What You Think)

Last week, I came across this gem of a post over at Jezebel.

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Bodies

And Now We Have Proof: Diets Are Screwing Up Our Eating Patterns All Over The World

Jezebel and NPR reported something interesting yesterday about the eating patterns of dieters. As the day progresses, dieters’ food choices get less and less “healthy.” This information is based on a review of 500,000 meals that were recorded in 50 countries by the users of the app Eatery, a dieting app which requires users to […]

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Bodies

Weight Loss Is NOT An Achievement

Did the title of this post kind of piss you off? Good! The idea that weight loss is a good idea and a worthy achievement is so ingrained in our society that most of us take it for granted. Of course, losing weight is an achievement, right? We heap praise on anyone who does it. […]

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Bodies

Are Dieting Behaviors And Disordered Eating Behaviors Really So Different?

In November of 1998, during my senior year in college, I embarked on a new diet. I called it “low carb with fruit.” I cut out a lot of foods, and like most diets, it started working in the beginning. Because I was losing weight, I stuck with the diet very carefully.

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Bodies

Diet School Dropout

Last week, during her Body Love Breakthrough Session*, my new client shared the pain she’d experienced by spending her life going on and off diets. She told me, “I feel like I’ve been in diet school my whole life. When do I get to graduate?”

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Op Ed

Not Just Cosmo: Ladymags for Olds

I grew up reading my mom’s stack of ladymags: Good Housekeeping, Redbook, Woman’s Day and Ladies’ Home Journal.  Like the magazines aimed at younger women, they keep their audience enraptured with a combination of fear and shame, which is supposed to inspire us to support their advertisers and sponsors.

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Bodies

The Beggars’ Banquet: Bodily Autonomy, Shame, and Letting Go

We should probably all face it: when it comes to even the most innocuous mention of food, or bodies, we are all incredibly emotional creatures. TW for body/weight loss talk.