Posts in Body Positivity
What is Missing from the Conversation Around Sexual Assault and Consent

Instead, I deserved to say no to pain and discomfort. These lessons attuned me to my own body, a heightened attention that allowed me to determine, yes that feels good and no that doesn’t feel so good and subsequently establish that a “yes” belonged to sex and a “no” belonged to a sexual act from which I could revoke consent.


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Making Amends with My Body: Chronic Illness and Body Image

When I’m in pain, there is nothing but pain. Other people do not speak. Pain dissolves others into disembodied voices, whose cacophony is most annoying because I cannot fathom how it exists amidst the ubiquitous force of my pain. There is nothing and no one that can steal my attention or energy because it is all diverted to the gut-wrenching, who-knows-when-it’s-ending pain.

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Self Slut-Shaming: College Women Talk About Virginity

Despite so much progress, we are still pressured to set standards for ourselves that engender shame. We give others grace, we love to see them empowered, but hold ourselves to different standards. Can we unlearn this and disentangle our self-perceived worth from our “body count”?

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This One is for the Ladies: Female MCs and Hip Hop’s Double Standard

This hurdle is then multiplied when you identify with one of these social groups while working in a field historically, and contemporarily, dominated by heterosexual men. And let’s be honest, how many fields haven’t been historically, and contemporarily, dominated by heterosexual men?


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Female Representation in the Media: Television and Advertising

The brand has become ubiquitous across the world, but is also heavily associated with photoshopped images and overwhelming body negativity. Their catalogs and brand images often depict women without stretch marks, blemishes, birthmarks or any extra weight. What follows this refusal to depict reality? A plethora of young girls struggling with issues of identity and self-image.

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Life In Plastic, It's Fantastic! But Is It Feminist?: The Cosmetic Surgery Conundrum

By elevating specific images, specific aesthetics, specific beauty standards, we hammer into the minds of confused, insecure teenagers, twenty-somethings, and middle aged people that what they’re working with isn’t good enough and might warrant actual medical adjustment.

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Feminism and Social Media: Posting, Posing, Sharing, and Shouting

Social media activism helped me to understand my own experiences with feminism, especially body positivity. I’ve struggled with physical appearance all my life, and before I ever knew about feminism, I started to accept that fat was and will always be a bad thing.

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The Fundamentals Surrounding the Rhetoric of New York's New Abortion Law

“No one is talking about pregnancy and childbirth in a trans inclusive way. We need to separate gender from the ability to reproduce, but we only talk about removing uteruses and then acting like they never existed.” New York's recent law was a major improvement to abortion access and rhetoric in the United States but there must also be further implication that embeds inclusivity.

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