I began a hashtag (#notyourbefore) and a lot of people posted in it, shouted it out, etc. I was doing what I always did, but for the first time, other people were listening.
We Are Living Cutes’ body diversity campaign isn’t like anything you’ve ever seen before.
“Point being, fat characters have inherent qualities in media before the viewer can even know anything about them.”
In the case of Luke, he wanted to make me cum because he wanted to feel good about himself. He hungered to be the magical, modern man that gifted me with a squirt. I left that night feeling guilty for not “cumming for him.” I wondered if I should have bitten the bullet and faked it.
Trending shows and influencers are shaping the way young womxn see their bodies. It’s also changing the way they validate relationships. By Sara Remus and Linda Ayrapetov On the surface, the concept of a “Revenge Body” may seem harmless. In the context of relationships, it’s regarded as a coping mechanism – a way to move…
The lack of LGBT+ acceptance in sex education “sends a dangerous message to LGBTQ students, along with their non-LGBTQ peers, that they are not an equal and valued part of the school community,” according to Dr. Joe Kosciw, GLSEN’s Chief Research and Strategy Officer.
Kaye takes several moments like this throughout the book to reflect on her progress since the beginning of her transition. “I can wear what I want and use makeup, and it’s okay,” Kaye observes on June 13th. “I’ve worked past so much self-shame.
Part 1: Help middle school girls understand that the story they’re being told by media – that their self-worth comes from how close they can get to meeting media’s impossible beauty standards – is a multi-billion story made to drive profits.
Popularly Positive Program Director Whitney Mooney chatted with Ragen Chastain, owner of the DancesWithFat.org blog, and co-founder of the Fit Fatties Facebook Group – which boasts over 6,000 members. She is a NEDA ambassador, as well as a marathon runner and certified health coach.
Film Cleo from 5 to 7 (1962); Dir. Agnès Varda “Selfish pop singer Cléo (Corinne Marchand) has two hours to wait until the results of her biopsy come back. After an ominous tarot card reading, she visits her friends, all of whom fail to give her the emotional support she needs. Wandering around Paris, she…
I learned it’s okay to spend time doing things I want to do without someone tagging along. I get dinner with myself and it’s honestly the best. I take myself to bookstores and roam around Boston for hours.
Bia Bauzys is the curator of our weekly Culture Rundown, which includes Womxn Worth Watching. Check out our account on Instagram every Friday to see who she’s highlighting. Film Late Night (2019); Dir. Nisha Ganatra → “A late-night talk show host’s world is turned upside down when she hires her first and only female staff…
But as I have learned through many years of therapy, reconciling doesn’t equal everything becoming “normal” and having your relationship being perfect.
Organizations like The Trevor Project, Glaad, and the It Gets Better Organization provide LGBTQ people, especially youths, with resources specifically tailored for gay and transgendered people.
Whether you’re a part of the LGBTQ+ community, or a straight ally – there are so many ways to get involved and support our friends and family.
Is this new desire to be fit due to the sexualized fashion in which it’s displayed? Would society strive for a fit body if we weren’t bombarded with such risqué images? Let’s work together to shift the image of fitness from sexy to an image of strength, balance and energy.
To some people, feminism is a powerful word that sparks confidence in the womxn and allies that wish to fight for equality. To others, feminism is a word that sours the mouth and infers a political and societal battle of hatred and spite. Regardless of connotation, the feminist movement has shifted and changed quite a…
I felt absolutely honored to have the chance to interview Samantha Stanwell, curve model for Bella and IMM. I’ve been following Samantha on the ‘gram for a few years now, and she’s some serious body love inspo. Needless to say I was pretty excited when she responded to my email about being part of our…
Abortion and womxn’s bodies have been a topic of discussion on the local, state, and federal level since the dawn of time. This year at the state level in MA, the Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund is working to establish the Roe Act. This bill would give women the right and access to so much more…
I take spin and dance classes, because I like them. I actually enjoy the healthy food I eat. I shop at stores that carry my sizes and buy clothes that fit my body beautifully.
hile recent laws have been passed and efforts have been made to make menstruation products available to women in schools, prisons, and typically in the workplace, there is still an immense level of “menstruation poverty” – or a lack of accessibility, affordability and options for period products, like liners, tampons, and pads.
When my doctor recommended that I cut out gluten, dairy, and eggs from my diet in early 2018 to help improve symptoms from an autoimmune disease that were worsening, I thought my life was over. Not literally, of course, but in the sense that all of my favorite foods and most of my diet consisted…
Getting any part of your body waxed is an intimate process. It’s one that requires trust between two people, and one of those people is going to get all up in your business and get to know you on a whole new level. Your waxer is like a BFF, except they only deal with your…
Consent is not throwing a list of sex acts at a person until they give up and say yes to the least objectionable one, it’s a negotiation where all parties get to share what they like and find a set of sexy activities that make everyone happy.
Books have proved to be effective in helping a wide range of mental health issues, from anxiety to depression to dementia, and, though reading is not a “miracle cure” able to replace all other forms of treatment for mental illnesses, it can nonetheless have a positive influence when paired with other treatments.
Like many people, I have been obsessed recently with the #FatGirlMagic that is “Shrill” on Hulu. Starring SNL alum and all-around comedic juggernaut Aidy Bryant, the show centers on Annie, a fat woman trying to navigate life as an overlooked writer at a local Portland news outlet. There are endless reasons why I wish I had had…
We were lucky enough to score some time with with Latoya Shauntay Snell for our “Good Influences” series. Interview by Whitney Mooney. Photos provided by Snell. How did you get into running? How many marathons have you run and what was your favorite? As Bob Ross would say: ‘There’s no mistakes, just happy little accidents’– and…
Cardi B, as both a rapper and celebrity, has never shied away from presenting her body in a media-driven world. She outwardly expresses her former career as a stripper without hesitation in interviews, Twitter videos, as well as some of her songs.
And still – while sexual freedom is encouraged, women seem to be the only ones facing ridicule and stigma regarding sex outside of relationships. The reason why? Gender.
Perhaps the original plan was to fast from coffee, but then you realize your fellow congregant is fasting from both coffee and sugar. Does this result in you seeming to be less religious, less committed, weaker of faith?
Both cases, completely different in nature, with one underlying theme: Society loves to cast blame on the women and not have a conversation about toxic masculinity.
Fat bodies are being pushed out in favour of more marketable, slim or ‘acceptable fat’ (i.e. curves in all the ‘right’ places), white, cis women, who most often than not fit into the oppressive beauty standards that the movement originally sought to fight back against.
It seems like at every turn, we’re reminded that our biological clock is ticking and our eggs are dying – if you want kids, you need to hurry it up already.
In the entire process of self-love, it is vital to be honest with yourself. Allowing yourself to be dishonest to you is the lowest form of self-depreciation.
By day, Erin O’Connor is a Victims Advocate at a District Attorney’s office in New England – but that’s not the only way she supports a community. Erin founded Threads of Hope, a non-profit that consigns clothing to fundraise for various charities. How did you get the idea for Threads of Hope? How long have…
Our feeds and influences are constantly touting a need for self-care – but what happens when socio-economic status makes “self care” as we know it, unattainable?
had the opportunity to chat with Reba Tobia, creator of the “Brave Box.” Tobia is in recovery from ED, and her product has been recognized by NEDA, Dr. Colleen Reichman, The Eating Disorder Foundation, and many other experts in the space.
We need to expect more. How are we supposed to expect healthy relationships in our own lives when our models tell us that we are supporting characters in our own lives?
A whole lot of learning begins with unlearning. That’s what I’ve been doing for the past year or so. Learning about body positivity by unlearning what I’ve been taught about bodies and their worth.