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What’s Girlfriend Poker?

Whose Is Worst? 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

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A New Study on how to Heal Body Image Issues (The Kissing Video)

Okay, just stop judging your body. 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

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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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The Love Your Body Now Project (2)

Healing Body Image Issues Through Fine Art Nudes (Ruby) I’ve begun the “Love Your Body Now” project with photographer, Beth Sanders. We’ve recently added a third partner; body-centered coach, Marlene Zaleznick, to help heal body image issues through the use of

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

I was sitting in my office (the bathroom) flipping through the latest Vanity Fair. I was annoyed that Julia Roberts was on the cover — with legs as long as the Great Wall of China — sitting on the steel-hewn

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The Love Your Body Now Project

Healing Body Image Issues Through Fine Art Nudes (Beth) Hello Beauties — I’m very excited to announce that photographer Beth Sanders, body coach Marlene Zaleznick and I are combining our super powers to create a positive body image project called, “Love Your

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They Found A Lump In My Breast

It’s the moment every woman dreads. You’re lying flat on your back, your feet in stirrups and a doctor lady with cold fingers kneads your boobs like they’re dough for Challah bread. She pretends she hasn’t just looked at your

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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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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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Anatomy of a Crime Scene

The Dangers of Volunteerism Here’s what happens when an ordinary West Los Angeles mother of two volunteers at her children’s school to teach the 10-Minute Play to 15 1st graders after she forgot to eat lunch. Blood sugar levels fall

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Discussing Body Image on the Fox 11 News

Last night on the Fox 11 News, I had a Cindy Brady brain freeze. I just stared helplessly at Phil Shuman and Susan Hirasuna while my brain screamed, “You’re screwing up your first TV interview. You suck. Die, you idiot,

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I’m Prejudiced Against Women With Fake Breasts

The Alcoholic Hairdresser … who erroneously dyed my blond hair black, then blamed it on my anti-depressents, then had to strip my hair of all color — which burned my scalp — which caused her to pull out a veritable

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The Love Your Body Now Project – Healing Body Image Issues Through Fine Art Nudes (Shannon)

As many of you know, I’ve been seen naked round the world of late. Starting with my first naked post Am I Really Fat? which was also published in The Huffington Post. Followed shortly by Walk The Walk, Naked Lady, which

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Walk the Walk, Naked Lady!

This story was featured on THE TODAY SHOW. I posted nudes I took 20 years ago HERE for an article called “Am I Really Fat?” It drew such an ego-assuaging amount of attention and even was published on the Huffington Post

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I See You’ve Managed To Get Your Nudes Out, Again!

Today’s Post is About Hubris Excessive pride. Posting nude photos from 20 years ago got me on the cover page of the Women section on The Huffington Post. Who knew all I needed to do was get naked? (Unfortunately, they

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Am I Really Fat? (The Nude Photos)

(Disclaimer. Some of you will read this blog and think, “Why doesn’t that skinny bitch shut up?” In Los Angeles I’m not thin. But what I’m trying to demonstrate, is that it doesn’t matter what size a woman is, she’s

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I Will Eat Myself Thinner!

This is what I’ve noticed about trying to lose weight.   I eat more.  Here’s how it goes: I eat a brownie. I’m mad at myself for eating the brownie. Then I think, “Well, I’ve already blown it, might as

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Debaculous Holiday Eating

I coined a new word. “Debaculous.” Ridiculous debacle. I’ve been eating like eight reindeer. But can I really call it “Holiday Eating?” I’ve had the same ignominious relationship with food for the last five years. Me: I’m not eating sugar

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