The quicker women begin to see the importance of uplifting each other rather than knocking each other down, the better off we'll be.
Women are often worried about how they look and that's not superficial. We know that our appearance has nothing to do with how smart, creative, or hardworking we are, but it plays powerfully into what society decides we are worth.
America hates fat people. There, I said it. I'll say it again: America hates fat people. We make America feel uncomfortable. We require attention. You cannot ignore us as we walk down a street, or sit in our car, or dare to enter a mall.
Have you ever felt like all of your body conversations are just flooded with other people's opinions? Like what diet you should be on, what cleanse worked for them, when to stop eating at night and what your waist size should be?
If appearance anxiety is getting the best of you in the bedroom, don't look at women's magazines for answers -- they'll just show you how to be more creative about hiding your perceived flaws.
Teenagers are still children. And when a major company tells a teenager that they're not worthy of shopping at their store because her ass is too big, what does that say to her?
This is the book I have been afraid to write . . . terrified actually. It deals with an issue that is radioactive for me. How I eat, diet, and look has tied me up in knots my entire life, and I know I am not alone.
The healing in this story is not that I have wholly accepted my body or that I will never again attempt to change it. It is that now when rejection rises in me against my body -- how it looks, how it feels -- I have a fuller answer.
The message: having a body is never easy, never okay. Being attractive is, at least until childbirth, the female body's main job. As RuPaul put it, 'Girl, you better work.'
I am not suggesting that a little lip gloss at age 12 is a dreadful thing. I am talking about extremes here.
Language is never inconsequential. It is too easy to let self-harm pass for comical self-deprecation.
"Campus" is a professional seminar for all New York City public school teachers that will be held this Saturday, May 4th, with the aim of allowing experts on a diverse range of topics to share perspectives with educators on recent developments in their spheres.
What struck me most when I watched the Dove video was how much I related to the women featured in it, and how it gives us gay men an opportunity to talk about our own body issues. Gay men need to find ways to acknowledge the poor self-image that many of us have experienced.
"When I woke up from surgery and had tubes and ports coming out of me, I was just a body. When you come into your body, you become porous. There is no separation between you and the world."
"The Mindy Project" challenges the idea that body acceptance is a herculean task that inevitably consumes all women. Neither Kaling nor her character on the show, Dr. Mindy Lahiri, have time for that.
What many people do not understand is that being healthy does not mean you have to be a fitness addict. There are small tweaks you can make to your everyday routine that will not only make you feel better now, but will add years to your life.