Friday, August 22, 2014

Love Yourself and Make Your Summer Sizzle

Summer breezes, swimming on hot days, and steamy nights provide the perfect backdrop for a self love makeover.  Enacting some of the principles of Spiritual Dating can make it happen!  Spiritual Dating can take an unsatisfying romantic life and turn into a fulfilling, sensual, and emotionally safe celebration of love in all it’s forms. Here […]

Thick Skin, Soft Heart: Our Recent Interview with Actor Geno Segers

Geno, thank you so much for being a part of our organization’s mission of building mental fitness in all youth. Can you tell me more about your interest in this work and how it resonates for you? I have always had a close connection to this issue as a couple of my family members suffered […]

How to love your body. No Seriously!!

I see many different lists of how to love your body and improve body image. These lists are often filled with beautiful affirmations and postivity however for many people struggling with negative body image or deep insecurities with their body, affirmations are not enough. I created a simple list of ways to start to challenge […]

Am I an Instrument or an Ornament?

I just read a wonderful article on The Huffington Post. In it, Jennifer Aniston interviewed Gloria Steinem about life and feminism in 2014. It’s full of tons of great information but one especially potent statement stuck with me. Steinem said that women are taught to think of our bodies as ornaments and men are taught […]

National Eating Disorder Awareness Week: A Call To ACTION!

Many people do not know that there is such a thing as National Eating Disorder Awareness Week.  On February 23-March 1 is NEDA week. This week is important for many reasons, yet is rarely acknowledged in our culture. Eating disorders are commonly looked down upon, and I feel a big reason is because they are misunderstood. […]

Could You Avoid Mirrors for 1 Year? Kjerstin Gruys Did

This past May sociology PhD candidate Kjerstin Gruys released the memoir “Mirror, Mirror Off the Wall:  How I learned to Love My Body by Not Looking at it for a Year.”  The book chronicled Gruys endeavor into wedding dress shopping, something that ended with her owning four possible wedding dresses.  This experience, and her recovery […]

How Do You Define Beauty?

Merriam-Webster defines beauty as “the quality or aggregate of qualities in a person or thing that gives pleasure to the senses or pleasurably exalts the mind or spirit.” Pythagoras and Euclid attribute beauty to the geometric concept of the Golden Ratio (a+b is to a as a is to b). Science has even backed up the idea that this physical symmetry seems […]

Black Women and Fat and a Photo of a Girl Wearing Someone Else’s Face

This Guest Post graciously submitted by Kate Fridkis. It is not totally rare that I am moved to tears, but this time it was for a good reason. I was standing in a sleek little gallery on the Lower East Side, music beating in the background, as I looked at an enormous photograph of a little black girl […]

The Generic Things That Make Us All Exquisitely Sexy

This guest post graciously submitted and re-posted by Kate Fridkis, from Eat The Damn Cake. Because I’ve decided to have a baby at some point, I figured I should learn more about birth. I mean, really, I should learn more about babies and toddlers and children and whatever they turn into after that, god help us, but that all […]

The Astonishing Sexism of Hollywood and What it Means for Girls

January 16, 2013 by  
Filed under Body Image

This Guest Post graciously submitted by Rachel Simmons. Every once in a while, an article comes out that is stunning in its honesty about a problem that people try to deny exists. On April 11, the New Yorker ran an article about the comic actress Anna Faris which, among other things, revealed the astonishing sexism of the film […]

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