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Body Positive

Learning to Love My Body

Catherine Uy | Posted 03.25.2015 | Women
Catherine Uy

Women come in all kinds of beautiful shapes and sizes. Girls should never feel like their bodies aren't good enough. I was never going to fit the media's beauty standards or my family's, and I finally realized that's OK.

Fat Is Not a Feeling

Maria Rodale | Posted 03.20.2015 | Healthy Living
Maria Rodale

by guest blogger Pam Peeke, MD, MPH, FACP, best-selling author and expert on health, fitness, and nutrition Recently, Facebook came under fire for...

#FatisNotaFeeling Activists Are Getting Harassed Like Whoa

Hannah R. Winsten | Posted 03.17.2015 | Women
Hannah R. Winsten

Why has #FatisNotaFeeling inspired such rage from the Internet trolls? Why are the women behind it meriting hate blogs and Internet stalkers? We're talking about a Facebook emoticon, here -- not a federal law or a constitutional amendment.

I Wanted To Have A Stomach I Was 'Proud Of'

Proud2BMe | Posted 02.27.2015 | Women
Proud2BMe

Your stomach's feats should be celebrated, not shamed. And therefore, the stomach should be displayed with, yes, I'll say it, pride. Your umbilical cord connected you, your tummy, and your mother. Without that belly, you wouldn't be here.

I'm Fat -- And Ridiculously Happy

Chrystal Bougon | Posted 02.03.2015 | Women
Chrystal Bougon

I am fat and I am ridiculously happy. That may just be my personality. I do not have the proverbial "skinny girl" inside me just dying to escape. I think that is such sad and tired cliche. It's a boring stereotype that needs to die a quick death.

The Body Is A Poem

Loren Kleinman | Posted 03.25.2015 | Women
Loren Kleinman

I take solace in the light on my face. I take solace in the light on my skin, on the fat that creases and bulges. I love my body.

How To Stop Caring What Others Think Of You

January Harshe | Posted 03.24.2015 | Parents
January Harshe

It's your choice to let the hateful auto-play continue today -- or to stop it in its tracks and replace it with the grace, love and compassion you deserve.

I'm A Body-Positive Feminist And I Had Weight-Loss Surgery

xoJANE | Posted 02.28.2015 | Women
xoJANE

When you lose weight, everyone starts to pay very close attention to your body. People I barely know now find it appropriate to tell me how happy or impressed they are by my change in appearance, while I often feel judged by the fat-positive community in which I once found comfort and acceptance.

10 Ways to Improve Your Body Image

Linsey Hart | Posted 02.08.2015 | Women
Linsey Hart

Culturally, we have this perverse notion that poor body image is a sign of modesty. It's not. And people, especially women, who accept and appreciate the way they look can be perceived as narcissistic. They're not.

17 Gifts That Will Encourage Women To Love What They've Got

The Huffington Post | Nina Bahadur | Posted 12.01.2014 | Women

Want to spread body love this holiday season? We've got the perfect lineup of gifts that will do just that. Because no one wants to worry about co...

A Body Positive Woman's Reflections, And Struggles, With Weight Gain (Wait, Am I A Hypocrite?)

Bustle | Posted 01.26.2015 | Women
Bustle

When I began considering myself a body-pos activist, so to speak, I was a size 18/20. I shouted from the rooftops that I was in love with my fat, and that I would never, ever allow anyone to make me feel unworthy or "less than" in the future.

Standards Of Beauty Sound Even More Ridiculous When They're Said Aloud

The Huffington Post | Sarah Barness | Posted 10.15.2014 | Women

Just imagine a salesperson saying, "If you buy this top, you will appear thin and consequently be beautiful and well-liked." Sounds ridiculous, right?...

Living at the Intersection of Sexism and Fatphobia

Erin McKelle | Posted 12.02.2014 | Women
Erin McKelle

I live at the intersection of sexism and fatphobia. This is my daily reality, so in all honesty, I expected the backlash I received. It's what keeps many fat women quiet. But I'm here to give all of us a voice. I will not be silenced.

These Embroideries Of Boobs, Butts, Nipple Hairs And Stretch Marks Are Just Perfect (NSFW)

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 09.24.2014 | Arts

Warning: This post contains images of (embroidered) boobs and buts, and thus may not be suitable for work. Say farewell to all your preconceived ...

The Fashion Industry Gets A Body-Positive Makeover

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 09.08.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

New York Fashion Week is officially in full swing, but some of the biggest industry innovations are happening off the runway. Socially-conscious d...

Yes, Jennifer Lawrence Can Be A Body Positive Role Model

Miranda Feneberger | Posted 08.28.2014 | Teen
Miranda Feneberger

The problem with the body positivity movement is not Jennifer Lawrence. It is in fact very impressive to me that a "conventionally beautiful woman" cares about the effect that an unhealthy appearance could have on her young audience.

I'm A Fat Girl Who Wears Revealing Clothes. Deal With It.

Erin McKelle | Posted 10.25.2014 | Women
Erin McKelle

Because fat girls aren't supposed to take pleasure in our bodies or even consider showing other people what they look like, there is a lot of sh*t that can hit the fan. Mostly caused by other people not knowing how to handle someone as sexy as me owning it.

Body Positivity Has No Size Limit

Jessica Lovejoy | Posted 09.30.2014 | Women
Jessica Lovejoy

For some reason, we've turned on each other, when we have fought so hard to get body diversity and body acceptance.

Stunning Nude Photo Series Will Make You Think Twice About The 'Ideal Body' (NSFW)

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 08.07.2014 | Arts

When you think about the cultural norm for the "ideal body," odds are the types of skeletal bodies blasted across magazine covers, billboard advertise...

Why I Don't Model

Priya Dieterich | Posted 06.25.2014 | Women
Priya Dieterich

I realize I am in the privileged position of having, by some trick of the genetic lottery, the type of body our society has deemed attractive. But that isn't why I love my body. I love it because body-positivity is a radical act of love.

Finally, Nude Paintings That Capture The Way The Body Really Looks (NSFW)

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 04.07.2014 | Arts

It's no big surprise that since the dawn of art, the nude form has been one of its most prized subjects. "La Maja Desnuda," "Grande Odalisque" -- what...

An Open Letter To My Body

Jessica Lovejoy | Posted 03.04.2014 | Women
Jessica Lovejoy

I am loved, by my family, by my friends, by my partner, I am loved. And if I cannot love myself, if I close myself off to that love, that's just like telling those people who matter, that their love for me means nothing.

5 Radical Action Steps to Being Beautiful

Denise Jolly | Posted 02.04.2014 | Women
Denise Jolly

Recently, the editors of xoJane informed me that a group of, ahem...people who shall remain nameless, declared it National Fat Shaming Week on Twitter.

'I Am Allowed To Look Sexy, Feel Sexy, And Be In Love'

Posted 09.04.2013 | Women

We'd like Mary Lambert to be our new best friend, please. The "She Keeps Me Warm" singer, who also collaborated with Macklemore on "Same Love," po...

Striving for Enough: Being Fat in a Thin World

Elizabeth Hawksworth | Posted 09.25.2013 | Healthy Living
Elizabeth Hawksworth

It's not about the numbers. It's not about streamlining or looking "better" to a society that hates my body type. It's about being healthy. Looking at the health problems I have and trying to lessen them. It's about being energetic, having stamina, and not being tired.