I want to avoid falling prey to a self-erasing mentality when I look at myself in the mirror. Bodies are imperfect and asymmetrical. Bodies come in a myriad of sizes, shapes and colors. Bodies grow older. I don’t want to view aging as an adversary, which I have to fight or the imperfections of my face and form as mistakes I have to hide.
Like all mental illnesses, there is a stigma that surrounds anxiety that is unfair at best and downright harmful at worst. Maybe one reason why this stigma continues to exist is because most people do not understand the myriad ways in which anxiety manifests itself.
Radical Worldview Wednesday: Zika Outbreak Abroad, U.S. Reparations & One Inspiring Muslim Ballerina
Is there a question of reproductive rights in Brazil as the Zika outbreak grows? Is reparations the answer for African Americans? Can this Muslim ballerina teach you a lesson on radical self love? We’re diving in inside.
If you did any of these six things today, you’ve got some class privilege to deal with. And that’s okay! It’s just important to be aware of it and understand how that impacts your life.
Every time I mentioned that I was going to try to breastfeed I was told, “good choice,” by doctors and friends alike. So when I realized my body couldn’t handle breastfeeding, I felt like people around me thought I was making a “bad choice.”
Would you like to see your unique truth be part of the conversation about disordered eating? If so, February 21 – 27, 2016 marks National Eating Disorder Awareness week and The Body is Not An Apology would like to hear from you.
While many of us can find the word itself on our Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr timelines and dashboards, many of us are still confused as to what cultural appropriation even means.
Sometimes, though, I’ll hear a hetero guy talking about how important women’s pleasure is, and it leaves me cringing. Worse yet, sometimes I’ve had sex with men who said they were all about my pleasure – and in a sense, they were – yet I still ended up feeling like their feelings and needs were more important than my actual experiences.
The objectification and fetishization of Asian women comes out of devastating wars and exclusionary immigration practices that get re-transcribed by books, movies, and other mass-consumed media.
While some folks might think that these sexual stereotypes are a “compliment” or “positive,” the ongoing violence perpetrated against Asian women as a direct result of these stereotypes get overlooked.
What is this thinking that asserts we must give the men of our community a pass at our expense, that If we don’t offer a pass and unquestioned support, then we are making things that much harder for them in this society? That somehow we are on the oppressor’s side for saying “It’s not okay for you to do this to me.”
Immigrant rights like race, sexuality and gender rights are not separate, distinct and exclusive entities, making intersectionality ever more important. But, where are the social justice groups, outside of immigrant groups, demanding a stop to the current government sponsored raids deporting children and families?
Radical Worldview Wednesday: Flint’s Poisoned Water to the Poor, #SayHerName, and Survival Day in Australia
Every Wednesday, we, at The Body is Not an Apology, will be exploring some of the current stories in the media through the lenses of radical self love and body terrorism.
When America’s pandemic rape culture makes victims of sexual assault their own perpetrators – blaming their choice in clothes, how much they had to drink, how late they were out, etc. – who wouldn’t want to forego silence?
I expect more of the producers of media out there. Advertisers will recognize the value of a show that encourages the viewer to recognize that beauty comes in all shapes and sizes. People will watch a show that defies the stereotypes. No more thin women who are vapid. No more plus-sized women who are punchlines.
Neither of these social phenomena are going to be cured overnight. Weight stigma and fatphobia need to be heard about, acknowledged, and challenged. Here are a couple of easy ways in which you can join the fight