Saturday, January 23, 2021

Secret gender testing sends Caster Semenya into hiding

September 13, 2009 by  
Filed under Body Image

South African runner Caster Semenya was all smiles when she won the women’s 800 metres at the World Champions in Berlin, clocking in at 1 minute, 55.45 seconds. But this 18 year wonder was unable to enjoy her victory due to the immediate controversy surrounding her gender. Is she a she? or a he? Her […]

The Color of Friendship

September 12, 2009 by  
Filed under Role Models, Self Esteem, Self-Acceptance, Self-Care

This post is from guest blogger, YumYucky I was the black kid with bobo sneakers and Val was the popular Italian girl that everyone adored, but color and status meant nothing. We were 5th grade best friends. I didn’t mind that our friendship was limited to the confines of school. We lived miles apart so […]

Real live cellulite…in lights!

September 7, 2009 by  
Filed under Body Image

You have never, ever seen an image like this in a fashion magazine — this I promise you! Crystal Renn is an extremely successful plus size model, who has been featured in every fashion rag out there, but the May 2009 of Harper’s Bazaar marked her first editorial in an Australian high fashion magazine. “What […]

Bittersweet Poetry: Body Image “Ghosts” of the Past

September 4, 2009 by  
Filed under Self Esteem

I wrote the following two poems long before I ever experienced any disordered eating behaviors or was even aware of body image issues.

I thought I’d share them today because in many ways, they are dueling poems, indicative of the up-and-down struggle so many women (especially) face when it comes to their bodies and their minds. How we feel about body image isn’t necessarily a straight and narrow line; it has lots of peaks and valleys and these poems demonstrate that.

In the first, I’m embracing my body and its goodness as I see it in that moment. It was written in 1998 while sitting in the entrance booth of a state park by my parents’ house in New Jersey where I worked that summer. I was 18, going on 19. In the second, just a year later, I’m conflicted and a bit jaded, after months living in looks-obsessed Buenos Aires. Suddenly I’m very self-aware.

The World Has Curves

September 2, 2009 by  
Filed under Fitness

In its September issue, FITNESS magazine plugged a new book due out September 15 that looks like something I want to read.

A play off Thomas Friedman’s book on globalization (The World Is Flat, a personal fave!) this book is called The World Has Curves: The Quest for the Perfect Body.

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