body image
Strangers often feel free to weigh in on my kid’s appearance, often directly to her.
anorexia
Men aren’t supposed to feel fat -- you just go work out and run and diet properly and fix it. Studies show that most men with anorexia don’t ever seek help because it’s seen as a “women’s disease.”
body image
I told him no. I would not hide from my own body. I would not wear outfits to make my body more “tolerable.”
body issues
music videos
the frisky
My mom influenced me greatly with the way she dealt with body issues.
body image
I'm sick of defending my appetite, or lack thereof, to people who are concerned, curious, disgusted or jealous.
weddings
I unsubscribed to The Knot's wedding planner app when it alerted me that I had not "started a fitness routine to get in shape for the wedding."
beauty trends
fat acceptance
Being asked to send a photo of myself with a shirt on made me feel like I again should be ashamed of my body.
truth in advertising
Legislative action isn't that powerful elsewhere -- why would this be any different?
pregnancy
After I gave birth, the breasts remained, and as the rest of my body shrank, they became a more and more pronounced part of my physique. I felt, frankly, pornographic.
ballet
There were many times when I thought it was too hard being the only African American in American Ballet Theatre’s company for a decade.
small boobs
I wish I could cut the fat off from inside my thighs and stuff it in my boobs.
popsugar
Sadly, most women struggle with insecurities about their bodies -- we want the lights off during sex, to cover certain body parts we're ashamed of, or we don't even want to get intimate at all.
race
My self-esteem saving grace was that I’d come home from school and be surrounded by women with curves.
sexy
I became a model at age 34 and a size 8. Sure, it helped boost my confidence, but that doesn't mean I appreciate your unsolicited feedback about my body if I'm not at work.
in

Feb 23, 2014 at 11:00am | 311 comments

getting pregnant with michelle tea
I stopped looking like I was pregnant and then it was time to try to get pregnant again.
body image
Why would you ever, you ask. Because, I say.
in

Feb 18, 2014 at 12:00pm | 206 comments

mirror fast
One of the things I learned? It's really hard to avoid catching your reflection in random surfaces in various places (whoops).
cellulite
I can’t help but wonder if it were men who were plagued with cellulite, would we have some more effective treatments by now?
in

Feb 12, 2014 at 3:00pm | 159 comments

body image
What if the energy that goes into nitpicking other women -- or people in general, really, their appearance, their work, their ambitions -- what if, instead, we put that energy into supporting each other?