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What if Fat Chicks in Crop Tops Were a Thing When I Was a Teenager?

I have to wonder if examples of women who look like me loving themselves would have affected my self-esteem.

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Why I Told My Students That the “Freshman Fifteen” is Bullshit

I should emphasize something: I rarely swear in my classes. Sure, I often teach Anne Lamott’s “Shitty First Drafts” during the first week of my composition courses, and plenty of the readings I assign have their share of “bad words.” As a lecturer, though, I rarely utter anything worse than crap, hell, or piss. I […]

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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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Books

Book Review: “Skinny” by Donna Cooner

[TW: weight, body image, gastric bypass] I have”¦ mixed feelings about Skinny, Donna Cooner’s debut YA novel about a teen who undergoes gastric bypass surgery. On the one hand, I’m glad it exists. On the other, I wish it weren’t quite so preachy.

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Bodies

The Weight

TW: Weight issues One of the first things I do every morning, after I’ve tended the Snoop and poured my first cup of coffee, is work with my tarot cards. (I’m a witch, by the way. Which I’ll probably get to eventually, as soon as I can figure out what I want to say about it.) Some […]

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Is Worrying About Your Weight Thwarting Your Happiness?

What would you think about, do, be, create etc. if you didn’t think about your weight? If you never worried about your clothing size, the size of your thighs, the size of your belly, what might be different?

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Bodies

Is Your Weight Holding You Back (Or Is It Something Else)?

Saturday morning, I found myself watching the U.S. men’s archery team play the Italian team.

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Bodies

The “Skinny” on Skinny Vodka

A friend of mine gave me the heads up to what we thought was a new way to market “skinny”: Skinny Vodka.

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Photography

Picture This: What’s in your camera bag?

Alright my fellow photo fiends! This month we’ve talked about photo editing, depth of field, and taking a photo walk; for our last week in February we’re going to talk about what to carry in your camera bag and taking photos of people we love.

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Perspectives

No More Fat Days

One evening before I started writing a blog post, my fiancé asked me what I was going to post about (he does this every night, sometimes it really stresses me out).  “Fat days,” I answered.  “Fat days?  What’s that?” he asked.  “You know, fat days? ‘Blech, I’m having a fat day’?” I said, at a […]

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Books

Who Cares How Much Stephanie Plum Weighs?

I remember the moment in college when one of my professors pointed out the difficulty inherent in having a book’s narrator describe their physical appearance. It was something I’d never thought much about before he mentioned it, but since that time, I can’t help but notice it in most of the books I read with […]

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Bodies

None of Your Business (My Weight)

I’ve recently started training with a personal trainer, and in a few short sessions I’ve started to see really impressive results. I’m really happy with the work I’ve been doing and the muscles I’m gaining. I am really unhappy with the comments I’ve been getting from people I hardly know (my super, my neighbor who […]

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Bodies

The Real Deal On Body Acceptance

As you may have heard by now, former body acceptance advocate Jess Weiner was interviewed by Glamour about how loving her body almost killed her. In the article she shares how, for her, body acceptance had meant not checking in on her health. I, and many other bloggers, have already picked apart the inconsistencies and […]

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On Jess Weiner And Why Accepting Your Body WON’T Kill You

As you may have heard by now, former body acceptance advocate Jess Weiner was interviewed by Glamour about how loving her body almost killed her. Luckily, she learned to hate her body just in time!

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The Beggars’ Banquet: Making Peace with Mom

Mother’s Day is coming up, which is a holiday we all know to be fraught with complicated feelings no matter what role we fill. But this week, I really wanted to kill my mom.