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What’s Girlfriend Poker?

Ladies, have you ever bonded with fellow ladies by describing all of the things you don’t like about your body and one-upping each other? Here’s a potential conversation between my middle-aged friend Emily and me: Me: The neck is going.

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Was I Wrong to Conjecture the YSL Model was Anorexic? And A Gorgeous Chubby Girl Dancing

Hello mon petits. There’s a lovely woman named Jenni Chiu who blogs at Mommy Nani Boo Boo. Today I received a note from her on Facebook letting me know she was going to write a rebuttal to my Change.org petition (we

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A New Study on how to Heal Body Image Issues and the Kissing Video

Okay just stop. Have you stopped? Good. Now, how does your body feel? Mine feels pleasantly tired after working out hard in Pop Physique. My hands are a little sticky and sweaty on the keyboard. My tummy is full to the

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Organic Anti-Aging Skin Care or The Zen of an Aging Neck

My version of organic anti-aging skin care isn’t what you’d expect… Over 40 we all have it. The body part we notice is a harbinger of our rendezvous with Death. (Oh, happy Monday!) Mine is my neck. My legs are

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Which is Better? “Normal Barbie” or “Real-Life Barbie?”

Barbie’s gotten a lot of flack over the last decade for having body proportions that are anatomically impossible. Her Highness of Vapidity has even been accused of creating body image issues which can lead to anorexia, bulimia and death. (And

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Petitioning CEO of Yves Saint Laurent, Francesca Bellettini, to Stop Using Images of Painfully Thin Models

(Based on feedback I’ve decided to change the rhetoric in this post in order to be more respectful to the model in the photo, but the petition stands). I was sitting in my office (the bathroom) flipping through the latest

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Are You Spectatoring During Sex??

My first lover was a USC football player with 0% body fat. He looked like this: You’d think we would have had hot sex. And every now and then we did. But a lot of the time I was, what

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I Fight Body Dysmorphic Disorder By Taking Flattering Pictures Of Myself

This weekend I laterally passed Henry all my kid obligations and ran off with two women to Palm Springs where we proceeded to do wild things. Like nap. And drink. And nap. And shop. And nap. And eat pastries. And

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A Weight Loss Consultant’s Open-Apology To Her Former Clients

At 48 my weight creeps up quickly. Two years ago I wrote the article Am I Really Fat? which went viral, I believe, because I discovered, despite my intense self-criticism, that I was a completely healthy weight for a woman

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Is Lena Dunham Really Fat?

At first I thought Lena Dunham (the creator, director and star of HBO’s Girls) was fat. I thought her breasts were underachievers. Her belly, with all of its flouting-the-zeitgeist rolls, made me a little uncomfortable. From there Lena’s litany of nudity crimes

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Is the Doctor’s Scale There Just To Make You Feel Bad?

My bathroom scale is kind. Her name is Minerva. I don’t know why. Every morning Minerva tells me I’m not too fat. She admits that yes, I’m not as slender as I once was, but I haven’t entirely abdicated the

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I’m Prejudiced Against Women With Fake Breasts

The alcoholic hairdresser who inadvertently dyed my blond hair black, then blamed it on my anti-depressents, then had to strip my hair of all it’s color, which burned my scalp which caused her to pull out a veritable washtub of

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I Will Eat Myself Thinner!

Monday Sins:  I Will Eat Myself Thinner! (I’ve started my very own Blog Project.  Every Monday I’ll report on the hand-to-hand combat with my 5 Deadly Sins: 1. Overeating 2. Frivolous Shopping 3. Sneaky Gossiping 4. Jealousy 5. Hubris, “excessive pride or arrogance.”  My goal: To vanquish these

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Debaculous Holiday Eating

Monday Sins: Debaculous Eating (I’ve started my very own Blog Project.  Every Monday I’ll report on the hand-to-hand combat with my 5 Deadly Sins: 1. Overeating 2. Frivolous Shopping 3. Sneaky Gossiping 4. Jealousy 5. Hubris, “excessive pride or arrogance.” My goal: To share this quest with you

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The Naked Man On The Beach

This is what my friend Tango 5/6 (who always manages to get me into dangerous covert ops) and our kids saw on the beach last Thursday, strutting along happy-as-a-pig-in-guano on Santa Monica Beach:   Jesus Wept. It was Rosh Hashanah.  I’m a

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