beauty standards

Mirror Mirror, On The Wall: Who Is The Most Insecure Of Us All?

My staring was a compliment; she saw it as a criticism.

Mirror Mirror on all these walls, who is the most insecure of us all? My staring was a compliment; she saw it as a criticism.

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What A Drag Queen Thinks About Female Beauty Standards

Drag isn't one-size-fits-all femininity. (image credit: Thinkstock)

Being a Drag Queen isn't one-size-fits-all femininity. Not all real life women are glamorous and fabulous at all times, nor should we feel we have to be.

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Dove Just Launched Its Most Ridiculous Body Positive Cash Grab Yet

Just — no. Absolutely not.

Yeah, no. No one wants their bottle of body wash to look like their actual body.

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Why Can't I See My Body The Way I See Other People's Bodies?

"My illness creates the standard for myself; the rest of me has come to ignore beauty standards altogether, especially when it comes to other people."

I have particular standards of beauty that I believe apply to my body — my body, and no one else’s.

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Why Can't I See My Body The Way I See Other People's Bodies?

"My illness creates the standard for myself; the rest of me has come to ignore beauty standards altogether, especially when it comes to other people."

I have particular standards of beauty that I believe apply to my body — my body, and no one else’s.

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The Right To Be Ugly: How Lookism Affects My Ability To Be Carefree

"I spent quite a few of my preteen and early teen years enjoying taking pictures. But because of the combination of racism, fat antagonism, and lookism, I wasn’t always comfortable getting in front of the camera." Image: Thinkstock

[W]hy must the acknowledgment of my beauty be predicated on how well and how often I contort to attempt to fit into some kind of ideal? Why can’t I be all the iterations of me and still be beautiful?

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Beauty Is Only Skin-Deep

The most beautiful thing you can be is happy. Image: Thinkstock.

Recently, I was looking through some old pictures of myself.... Like every other person on this earth, I have my insecurities. As I was looking at these photos, I found myself picking out my faults, finding things that I would like to change, putting myself down for looking a certain way or not looking a certain way.

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4 Things I Learned When I Chopped Off My Long Hair

“What is your husband going to think?” IDGAF.

For the first time in 15 years, I didn’t have to ask for permission to get a haircut, so I chopped it all off. Oh, and I bleached it — from very dark to bright white. This was against the advice of everyone I had asked, all of whom told me to start with something less drastic to make sure I didn’t freak out.

This cautionary caveat was almost always immediately followed by, “What is your husband going to think?”

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A Bra Story: How My Husband's Callused Hands Helped Me Choose Cotton Over Lace

After years of feeling like I was choosing between the slippers and stilettos of breast fashion, I visited a high-end lingerie store.

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I Accept Myself As I Am But Still Want To Change My Body

This is for me, not for anyone else.

I can't decide which school of thought is more annoying. “Lose weight, get healthy, don't be a drain on society, and finally have the best, most perfect life once you're skinny!” or “Screw what people think! Be comfortable in your own skin! Don't ever change because change equals conformity!”

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