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He Says I’m Too Fat, But What Bothers me Most is my Response

Excerpt: I abandon my body completely, as if it were a one-legged stepchild, by saying, “You’re right. I do need to lose 3, 5, 10 pounds. I’ll do it soon.” “When?” he’ll ask. “Soon,” I’ll say. Then he usually presses me to pick a time frame. Or a special event as my goal. And I will arbitrarily pick something. By my next birthday. Before I participate in a ballroom dance competition. By Christmas. Keep Reading …

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Kate Winslet Takes on Fat Shamers & a Groundbreaking Book asks, “What’s Wrong With Fat?”

Kate Winslet wrote: ““I know I am chubby, I have big feet, and have bad hair days. When I grew up and even now sometimes, I hardly hear any positive reinforcement about body image from any female. I mostly hear negatives. But I know most of the negatives come from the people who are busy rejoicing other people’s insults by liking demeaning posts on Facebook, when in reality they don’t even like themselves.” Keep Reading …

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Finally YSL’s Image of a Possibly Anorexic Model Banned by the ASA. Was I Was Right?

Excerpt: “The ASA considered that the model’s pose and the particular lighting effect in the ad drew particular focus to the model’s chest, where her rib cage was visible and appeared prominent, and to her legs, where her thighs and knees appeared a similar width, and which looked very thin, particularly in light of her positioning and the contrast between the narrowness of her legs and her platform shoes.
‘We therefore considered that the model appeared unhealthily underweight in the image and concluded that the ad was irresponsible.’ Keep Reading:

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Lane Bryant’s Response to Victoria Secret’s “Perfect Body” Campaign

I absolutely love the Lane Bryant “I’m No Angel” campaign. There’s been some, what I consider to be, trumped up controversy that by featuring succulent, zaftig models in their campaign with an intra-textual reference to the Victoria’s Secret “Perfect Body” campaign, that Lane Bryant is simply perpetuating hate on hate.

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Three Bodies: Identical Twins Heal Body Image Issues Through Fine Art Nudes

“Sometimes I feel like Peter Pan. But not because I don’t want to grow up. I’m like Peter Pan in that I’m chasing my shadow, only my shadow is my body.” – Lisanne Sartor When I was 46-years old I had flattering nudes taken of myself to combat negative feelings I had about my rounder, aging body. It was so liberating that I wanted to do the same thing for other women … keep reading!

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Women Look in an Interactive Mirror and get a Massive Surprise! (Video)

When these women look into an interactive mirror, they are not expecting what is about to happen. I am weeping as I type this. Send the following video to all of the loving, beautiful women you know today. xoxoxo S Keep reading …

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I’ve Managed to get Nude Again on HuffPo Live!

This story is close to my heart because of the intimate, stunning work photographer Beth Sanders and body-coach Marlene Zaleznick did with our subject, a woman we call Claire, who wanted to lay her body image issues to rest after she’d laid her father to rest this year.

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One Advertiser Takes a Stunningly Bold Step!

In a recent Today Style article Marisa Kabas writes: Last month, (e-retailer) ModCloth was the first company to sign onto the “Truth in Advertising Heroes Pledge,” an outgrowth of the Truth in Advertising bill, which was introduced to Congress back

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How Becoming a 1950s Pin Up Girl Boosted my Body Image!

Last week I got to be a Bombshell. I’ve always wanted to be a Bombshell and am grateful to chocolate and french bread for making it all possible. Like a lot of women I always have my eye on what

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I Touch Myself

Something interesting happened this morning. I jumped out of the shower to quickly dry off after my morning run (okay jog, okay speed walk, okay parade where naked guardsmen bore me forth, around our neighborhood park, on a satiny be-pillowed

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This Video is a Wake-up Call aka Screw You Body Image Issues

This TedX talk from make-up artist/performer Eva DeVirgilis once again reminded me of how we’re all in this body love crusade together. It’ll make you want to kick that little negative bitch voice in your head to the curb along

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When the Skinny Girl Thinks she’s Fat we Need to Vanquish Body Image Issues

I love this post!! Please welcome The Girl on a Wire, Karen Chilton Wilder to TWFKAB by sharing her excellent adventure trying on swimsuits under florescent lights. We’ve all been there. Karen writes: “It was like one of those nightmares

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Tokyo Woman Arrested for Making 3-D Printer Vagina Dioramas

My blog can occasionally be vagina-centric. But having just spent many days in the Louvre looking at all of the penile statuary … I feel the need to represent for the velvet glove. This hot off the press from RocketNews

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Colbie Caillat’s New Video “Try” Made Me Cry aka Take That Photoshop

My new favorite song from Colbie Caillat. But the glorious images rival the beauty of her voice.

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Are Big Breasts Tastier than Intellectual Breasts?

My lovely guest poster (is that a word?) today, Carol Cassara has strong opinions about the value of plastic surgery. Although I could very well have been one of those unfortunates with plastic surgery gone wrong, I love my results. Yet

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One Woman’s Love Letter to her Body in the War Against Body Image Issues

My guest posting badass for the day is Ms. Lori “Lavender” Holden (why didn’t someone name me Chartreuse?). I want to steal her love letter to her body for my body to add to my arsenal in fighting body image

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How Often Should I Weigh Myself? aka The Bathroom Scale Made me her Bitch!

While I’m on vacation this week I have the privilege to introduce you to some lovely women-of-a-certain age! Today’s post comes to you from Alisa Schindler which begs the question “How Often Should I Weigh Myself?” Alisa writes: “I just did it

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Breaking News: Man Trapped in Vagina aka the Man-eating Vagina

I think this one pretty much speaks for itself: Be careful what you wish for gentlemen! To keep up with man trapped in vagina sign up for our newsletter below! For Seo man trapped in vagina. trapped man in vagina.

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Did You Know The Way We Eat Our Food Is The Way We Make Love? aka My Sensual Eating Reboot

If you’ve been anywhere around this site or my social media networks you are probably incredibly sick of seeing my 1950s pin-ups. I am posting them everywhere because I love them. These photos are a reminder to stop the negative body

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Taryn Brumfitt’s Before Photo was “Fit,” And her After Photo was “Fat:” and why we should Celebrate that

Aussie mother of three, Taryn Brumfitt, found her body “disgusting.” In an effort to love her body she entered a weight-lifting beauty competition. She made her body perfect by Western standards and still felt disgusting. Thus she began The Body

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The Internet Bought her Vagina

News Flash: Internet Buys Vagina! I’m beginning to realize that I somehow manage to work the word “vagina” into about eighty percent of my posts. I suppose this means I was dropped on my vagina as a child and she’ll

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Are You Afraid Your Body Isn’t Beautiful After an Accident or Surgery? and The Scar Project

Today I received a comment that made my heart ache. Melanie read Ruby’s story in our Love Your Body Now series and wrote this: Ruby is everything that I’m not, brave. 3 years ago this July I was walking with

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Gurl, you must be a traffic ticket cuz you got fine written all over you!

Today I’m curating Adriel Luis’ poetry in a film called Slip of the Tongue. In it he’s excoriated by a fiery-eyed Goddess who refuses to be categorized like a commodity. It’s powerful, lyrical and chortle-inducing. A must-see. I love words,

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Body Image Issues aka How I Came to Fall in Love With my Soft Tummy

“What’s this?’ I asked a roided-out Gold’s gym employee. I was holding a fistful of my own soft, round flesh, which seemed to have suddenly appeared beneath my belly button two Mondays ago. I was twenty-eight years old, 5′ 6”

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I Don’t Want to Make the Thin Girl Ugly

My petition to the Yves Saint Laurent CEO, asking her to stop using images of painfully thin models (originally “anorexic models”) at Change.org has created quite a controversy. My friend Jenni Chiu wrote a thought-provoking rebuttal to my story in

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