Love and Other Monsters: Raising the Bar on Self-Worth

Love and Other Monsters: Raising the Bar on Self-Worth

Think love doesn’t matter when it comes to your body image? Imagine if the next wedding you went to sounded like this: Friends, family, co-workers, obligatory guests, and casual acquaintances— We are gathered here today to witness the contractual commitment of...
Radical Visibility and the Myth of the Bikini Body

Radical Visibility and the Myth of the Bikini Body

The idea of a “bikini body” is a grand metaphor for a body worthy of being seen. Slenderella International, a short-lived chain of weight loss salons, popularized the phrase in 1961. The company ran a series of ads in major newspapers like the New York Times and the...

Work Worth Doing: Self-Care as Activism

It’s a strange time to deposit a literature PhD dissertation. I finished the final draft in the last hours of 2016, nearly crushed by the weight of the knowledge that the project I poured every available ounce of my energy into for the past 5 years means very...
What to Do When You’re Feeling Funky-in-a-bad-way

What to Do When You’re Feeling Funky-in-a-bad-way

I have a secret to share with you. Even the proudest, boldest, no-fucks-givenest person you know has times when their body image does not serve them.* Those bummer feelings may last for just a moment or persist for a few years, but it’s more common than...