Thursday, April 24, 2014

Am I Only 77% as Valuable as a Guy?

Lately, we have been hearing a bit more in the media about the economic standing of women in the United States. Some of us might have heard that in forty percent of households women are the primary or only breadwinner. And we may have also heard that women make an average of seventy seven cents […]

Empowered Dating: Loving Yourself, Having a Blast, & Treasuring What’s Important

What does it really mean to be empowered? Confident. Secure. Self-assured. Yes, but also striving, learning, seeking to grow. And even more than that, there can be vulnerability in empowerment. In fact, there can be anything within an empowered person because the essence of empowerment is self-acceptance. A person who accepts herself can learn confidence […]

Beautiful Brainwash

July 9, 2013 by  
Filed under Body Image

Dustin Hoffman on Media Brainwashing Beautiful Media is such a powerful tool and even someone I consider as brilliant as Dustin Hoffman did not realize the effect that it had on him until he demanded to be a “Beautiful” woman in Tootsie. This reminds me of the ways in which the film “Shallow Hal” starring […]

I Rise.

As I contemplate my present life and where my life will lead next, I repeatedly return to the idea of reclamation. Body reclamation. For me, reclaiming my body coincides with reclaiming my life. Reclaiming my body – in a myriad of ways – continues to be the single most important commitment I make each day as […]

The Best Diet Trick For 2013 — A Secret Finally Revealed

Please note: this post is safe for those in recovery — keep reading! This post will reveal a dieting trick that few discuss. Once revealed, this could be one of the keys that you have been searching for… Before I reveal this dieting secret — the Best Diet Trick for 2013 — I have a […]

Why I Heart GIRLS & Lena Dunham’s Body

This guest post graciously submitted by Virginia Sole-Smith I’m a little late to this game since the first season of HBO’s GIRLS ended Sunday night. But if, like me, you don’t schedule your life around appointment television, then you’re probably very appreciative of the fact that I waited a respectful three days before blogging about this so as to […]

On the Olympics & Body Diversity

This Guest Post graciously submitted by Virginia Sole-Smith  I know, I know, the Olympics ended Sunday (with that weird Spice Girls reunion/closing ceremony). But I was at the beach last week, so these are some late musings. Every four years there is always a lot of talk about how Olympic athletes aren’t like us regular folk, particularly […]

Dear Teenage Girls, You’re Asking the Wrong Question (But It’s Not Your Fault)

This guest post graciously re-posted from Virginia Sole-Smith‘s blog.  Time Magazine tells me there is a new and disturbing trend du jour: Teen girls posting YouTube videos in order to let the Interwebs decide the 2012 version of that age-old burning question: Hot or not? A quick survey of YouTube does indeed pull up dozens of videos […]

Cruel Days Cruel Days…

…Dear old golden rule days.  How many of you remember that song? If some of you are experiencing a Dr. Deah ja Vu, you are correct.  You have read this before.  Every once in a while I re-post a blog that I believe, even a year later, still has great significance.  In addition, because my […]

Why a Parent’s Empathy is Vital for a Bullied Girl — and Why It Often Goes Out the Window

June 19, 2012 by  
Filed under Bullying, Featured, Parents

This Guest Post graciously submitted by Rachel Simmons. When I did the original research for Odd Girl Out, I asked every bullied girl I interviewed to tell me what she needed most from her family. The answer truly surprised me. It wasn’t having the best solutions, calling the school or trying to act like everything was […]

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