body shame

What I Learned About Feminism While Working At A Breastaurant

When I was 16 years old I took a hostess job at a breastaurant. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

When I was 16 years old I took a hostess job at a breastaurant — one of those chain restaurants, like Hooters, known for large-breasted servers.

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Things Men Need To Stop Saying To Women In Bed

Yes, men, even woke men, still say the most unbelievable things to us in bed.

Yes, men, even woke men, still say the most unbelievable things to us in bed and most of the time, we don’t say anything back.

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Skin Care Talk Is The New Diet Talk (And I Hate It)

I have to reject self-loathing when it arrives in the guise of self-care, and that means I have to opt out of skin care culture.

People talk about skin care like it’s fun — a way to relax. But for me, the very idea opens onto a black hole of self-loathing.

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Take The Cake: Do We Support Thin Feminists More Than Fat Feminists?

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What I’ve noticed, as a fat feminist, is that self-identifying as a feminist or an activist bears a different social cost depending on your body size.

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Failure And Body Shame On A Guatemalan Volcano

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My breathing hastened and my crying intensified. The elevation wasn’t doing me any favors. All I knew was that it was pitch black on a lava field in Guatemala and I’d lost my tour group.

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"Lucky": The Plight Of The Naturally Skinny Girl 

“"Have a burger for God’s sake,” “You’re a twig,” “Are you anorexic?”

I don’t care about my weight. But other people do.

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Take The Cake: Virgie's Guide To A Power-Babe Thanksgiving

Like, "Yum, there is a table full of delicious food" but also, "Ugh, am I gonna hate myself after I eat this?"

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How I Overcame My Swimsuit Phobia And Learned To Appreciate My Body

I wasn’t just wearing a swimsuit; I was moving in one. Image: Thinkstock.

My swimsuit phobia started in middle school — that breeding ground of body shame and fear. One minute I’m a kid excitedly putting on my pink two-piece and running into the ocean, the next, I’m avoiding any place where people are known to live in their swimsuits and I might be forced to wear one.

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Why I Will No Longer Feel Ashamed For Having A Body!

I will be.

For years I felt ashamed for having a body. Embarrassed to have big boobs. Embarrassed to be anything but tiny and perfect. Embarrassed to be anything bigger than a dainty wisp of air. I felt like taking up physical space in this world was both vulnerable and too powerful.

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Dear Disney, We Demand a Plus-Sized Princess

Kids see it, we see it, the American people see it: Disney princesses perpetuate an unrealistic portrayal of the female body.

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