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A Couple of Swells

Marcia Liss | Posted 03.04.2015 | Entertainment
Marcia Liss

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Why Plus-Size Model Tess Munster's #effyourbeautystandards Is A Contradiction

Tina Plantamura | Posted 02.27.2015 | Women
Tina Plantamura

There are instances when I'm not even thinking about how I look, what I'm wearing or how I am perceived because I am too busy living. And that is when my authentic self appears.

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.

Breaking Free from the Need to Do More

Jane Shure | Posted 02.23.2015 | Women
Jane Shure

Success, at home and in the workplace, requires us to take charge of our mindset and manage the negative thoughts and beliefs stored within

I Don't Always Feel Like A Mom

Toni Hammer | Posted 02.19.2015 | Parents
Toni Hammer

I've been a parent for over two and a half years now, and I still don't identify as a mom. I mean, I know I'm a mom. I have the stretch marks, sippy cups and sleep-addled brain to prove it. But I don't quite feel like me in this new mom skin yet.

Mojo Doesn't Have an Age or Weight

Jenny G. Perry | Posted 02.18.2015 | Women
Jenny G. Perry

Where I fall on someone else's sexiness meter is none of my business either. I love writing sex scenes. I have a naughty sense of humor. I love dressing sexy. I have four tattoos. At almost 38, I may be racy and over-the-top to some at times.

It's Classic

Marcia Liss | Posted 02.17.2015 | Comedy
Marcia Liss

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5 Ways Parents of Preschoolers Can Raise a Body-Positive Kid

Common Sense Media | Posted 01.28.2015 | Parents
Common Sense Media

Here are five ways to immunize your kids against poor body image, with conversation starters, media picks and resources to support your discussions.

The Dreamer

Marcia Liss | Posted 01.19.2015 | Comedy
Marcia Liss

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I Am Beautiful

Leslie Handler | Posted 01.06.2015 | Fifty
Leslie Handler

My body is sick. I have an array of illnesses. I am old. I do not look like a fashion model. All the same, I am beautiful.

Resolving to Listen to Ourselves in 2015

Josh Sabarra | Posted 03.02.2015 | Gay Voices
Josh Sabarra

I will no longer be so easily influenced by the "experts" who flood the media with the answers to everything. I will cut through the noise and rely more on my own thoughts than the ocean of other opinions that surround me.

Need to Lose 10 This Year?

Jenny G. Perry | Posted 03.02.2015 | Women
Jenny G. Perry

What 10 aspects of yourself have you not realized yet? What 10 new beliefs could you adopt in 2015?

Looking for Friends In All the Wrong Places

Josh Sabarra | Posted 02.17.2015 | Gay Voices
Josh Sabarra

Dating websites are for dating, not for finding people who want someone to grab dinner with every now and again or who need a ride to the airport at holiday time. I have those people in my circle, and I'm already not getting flowers and sex from them.

A Christmas Tree Story

Paula Vasan | Posted 12.10.2014 | Impact
Paula Vasan

I was thrilled when I heard the news that the town of Reading, Pennsylvania, officially decided to embrace its so-called Charlie Brown tree.

When You Exercise: Check Your Motivation

Caitlyn Corradino | Posted 01.31.2015 | Healthy Living
Caitlyn Corradino

I do want to keep exercise in my day and be the healthiest, highest functioning version of myself that I can be. But when I have an extra hour or two at the end of the day, I don't want to spend it making sure my body looks perfect. I want to do something that will add value to me as person on a deeper level, beneath the surface of rock-hard abs.

"Unfollowed" Into Happiness

Josh Sabarra | Posted 01.22.2015 | Gay Voices
Josh Sabarra

The decision to write an honest and candid memoir about "coming out" and living life authentically should be accompanied by a list of side effects similar to that of the antidepressant Lexapro: confusion, headaches and sleeping problems.

How Instagram Helped Me Love Food Again

Katerina Lopez | Posted 01.20.2015 | Women
Katerina Lopez

Instagram has given me a platform to find the fun in food again. So go ahead and say I'm basic. Say that I've given in to mainstream media, and lost my originality. I think I've gained something that's more than worth it.

The Messed-Up Lessons We're Surrounded By As Girls

Niyathi Chakrapani | Posted 01.20.2015 | Teen
Niyathi Chakrapani

It may be pretty in pink when we're kids and tweens, but when adolescents start to find changes in their bodies -- some faster than others -- girls may look at themselves in the mirror and compare their bodies to an impossible image.

(Not) Finding Love Through Textual Chemistry

Josh Sabarra | Posted 01.17.2015 | Gay Voices
Josh Sabarra

Technology is a danger of the contemporary dating landscape. I don't have it all figured out, but I have developed the "Donovan Rule:" No frequent calling or texting before the first meeting - and no overnight bags on Date 1.

My AA: Approval Anonymous

Josh Sabarra | Posted 12.31.2014 | Gay Voices
Josh Sabarra

In my entire 40 years, I've never once been high or intoxicated. Still, an AA program would serve me well. Approval Anonymous. A support group that could help eliminate my need to be accepted by other people and direct me toward the sense of self that I am just beginning to claim after decades of living inauthentically.

All 'Bout That Bass

Alisa Schindler | Posted 12.23.2014 | Women
Alisa Schindler

There is no relaxing when it comes to weight management. Now at my thinnest point in decades, I still feel the weight anxiety almost every day. Who am I kidding? It's every day.

The Comparer's Prison

Rena DeLevie | Posted 12.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Rena DeLevie

I make the same typo every time I type one specific word: Comaprison. This is actually Comparison. But aren't they the very same thing?

My STEM Story: Lessons in Denial

Deborah J. Levine | Posted 12.21.2014 | Technology
Deborah J. Levine

It's not surprising that many women steer away from STEM degrees or STEM careers. Or that many women who start STEM degrees drop out. Or that numbers for career women in technology industry are dismal. A good start in addressing the invisible STEM women might be to reject the explanation of lacking confidence.

Sexualized Culture Is Creating Mental Health Issues in Our Youth

Darryl Roberts | Posted 12.20.2014 | Women
Darryl Roberts

Combating the status quo and demanding more from the media we consume is only one part of addressing the mental health crisis engendered by the over-sexualization of young girls. The other part is to hold ourselves, and the people we know, accountable to make visible changes in the world around us.

Why Thinking You're Ugly Is Bad for You And Everyone

Hope Freedman | Posted 12.20.2014 | Healthy Living
Hope Freedman

With decades of gender equality initiatives and the widespread groundswell for women's empowerment, is this what we really want for our next generation of women?