I Don't Love (or Hate) My Body — and So Can You!

When it comes to body acceptance, it seems like there are two ways to feel: you either want to burn yourself in effigy for having the wrong kind of clavicle, or you're out on the corner handing out Up With People juice because you're so comfortable in your radiant form. But what if you're neither of those people, and… » 4/06/14 2:00pm 4/06/14 2:00pm

A Message From the Chairwoman of the Itty Bitty Titty Committee

I peaked, size wise, at the age of 10, when I bought my first training bra — that, with a bit of a tug across the torso, could certainly fit my bust line today. Vacillating between the funny gray area of a size 32AA and 32A (depending on the time of the month), as an adult woman my breasts hardly heave, but rather… » 3/17/14 7:00pm 3/17/14 7:00pm

Body Shaming Makes Teenage Boys Depressed, More Likely to Use Drugs

It's easy to frame body shaming and eating disorders as primarily a female problem (because beauty, in our culture, is so often treated like women's sole utility, whereas men are allowed to fall back on stuff like "ideas" and "assertiveness" and "sense of humor), but that doesn't mean that men are exempt from… » 11/06/13 8:30pm 11/06/13 8:30pm

Sunday Sign-Off: Don't You Dare Forgo Dessert

Today is International No Diet Day, an "annual celebration of body acceptance and shape diversity." It's also a day of desserts. Since summer is almost upon us, celebrate with a nice, refreshing slice or several of key lime pie. Make sure it's yellow, unless you're some sort of barbarian and eat green key lime pie. » 5/06/12 6:30pm 5/06/12 6:30pm

Do Body-Positive Blogs Really Promote Acceptance?

You've probably heard of pro-ana websites, the online communities where people with eating disorders swap dieting tips and post "thinspiration" images. Now there's another type of website that's purportedly the antidote to all that. In the past few years, people have started posting images of themselves on… » 6/30/11 10:32pm 6/30/11 10:32pm