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"Gossip magazines keep us constantly abreast of what’s happening to the bodies of famous women. Their weight fluctuations are tracked like stocks because their bodies are, in their line of work, their personal stock, the physical embodiment of market value. When celebrity women have babies, their bodies are intensely monitored during and after—from baby bumps to post baby bodies.

Women, for that is whom these ecstatic diet food commercials and celebrity weight loss endorsements are for, can have it all when they eat the right foods and follow the right diets and pay the right price.

They are the unachievable standard toward which we must, nonetheless strive. They are thinspiration as the parlance goes—thin inspiration, a constant reminder of the distance between our bodies and what they could be with the proper discipline."

Basically every paragraph in this piece by Roxane Gay is quotable. Women and weight, The Biggest Loser, what we deserve, what we deny, how we punish, our shameful narratives, our shame about our shame about our shameful narratives…

Every day I think how sad it would be if the entire story of my life was about my war with my body. How pathetic. I have a really good, interesting, full life. I’ve been married almost 24 years in a relationship I love. I enjoy deep friendships. I have a faith that means so much to me. I have a writing career I never imagined. I’m a National Book Award Finalist! How do I let the story about myself be about weight, and how I’m not good enough because of it, day in and day out? HOW? What in the hell, how has this happened, why am I not yet beyond this.

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So well said. 

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Big Fat List of Myth-Defying Health Resources

redefiningbodyimage:

This is Redefining Body Image's go-to list of resources, articles, research, videos, etc. providing facts and information regarding health and body image, especially dedicated to debunking the everyone's favorite myth that fat = unhealthy.

If I referred you to this page and this way of thinking about fat and fat health is new to you, I encourage you to have an open mind.

If you have something to add, please submit! The more this list grows, the more ammo we have to back us up in our fight against the body positive nay-sayers.

Let the facts come marching in.

Fat Acceptance/Size Discrimination Related Resources (WIP)

Body Positivity Resources (WIP)

Thank you.

Important. 

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thefrogman:

There are people who are convinced that shame and guilt are effective ways to motivate someone to address their weight issues. A recent study has indicated that this method can actually make things much worse.

When a person with overeating issues gets depressed, food is often what they use to seek comfort. You are not helping. You are not being supportive. You are not giving us “tough love.” You are triggering our depression and causing us to eat even more.

Please stop making us eat your words. They are very… fattening. 

Artwork by Sarah Johnson [website | tumblr | twitter]

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agentotter:

islandofmisfitt0ys:

deviantfemme:

pratfall:

how to dress for your shape: are you human-shaped? play up your natural sex appeal by wearing whatever the fuck you want

Life Tip: As the weather gets warmer, continue to wear whatever the fuck you want. Flaunt everything or keep it cool under cover. Dress to make yourself feel rad.

how to get a bikini body:
put a bikini on your body

Want to look great naked? Take all your clothes off.

Want to feel good in bed? Try a Tempurpedic mattress.

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It is none of my goddamned business if a random 400-pound (or 150-pound, or 90-pound) woman is healthy or not. Just as it’s none of my business how much money she makes or how her sex life is going. Health is private. Period.

What I do believe – and what I feel perfectly qualified to proclaim from the rooftops - is that every woman at every weight, shape, and size deserves to be treated with respect, deserves to feel loved, deserves to make her own decisions about her own body. Every woman at every weight, shape, and size deserves to have a fabulous time exploring her personal style and honing her unique look. Every woman at every weight, shape, and size can define health for herself. And, above all, every woman at every weight, shape, and size deserves to be happy. Every woman at every weight, shape, and size CAN be happy. And anyone who claims that happiness is contingent on weight is foolish and misguided, prejudiced and small-minded.

I’m not interested in quantifying the health of other women. I’m not qualified to make decrees about the health of other women. But I’m making it my life’s work to make sure that other women are happy. Happy with their lives, their bodies, their very existences.

Because happiness trumps everything, and we all deserve a piece of it. ALL of us. Including you.

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The question of health is a private one. And often irrelevant | already pretty (via curvesahead)

I believe this could have  included gender neautral pronouns but overall it hits the spot right.

(via bigassfemme)

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redefiningbodyimage:

lovethyfatness:

My response to this.

UM, AMAZING.

THIS. IS. PERFECT.

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nearsightedowl:

(via The Nearsighted Owl: Shame-Less Ad #2)
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On Yellow Paper: What Molly Did Next

onyellowpaper:

How stripping off to play Helen of Troy on the London stage changed the way I feel about my body

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It’s October. It’s dusk. It’s the second week of rehearsals for The Trojan Women, a modern version of Euripides’ tragedy in which I’m greedily playing three different roles: Cassandra, the…

Louise Brealey wrote this and it is a MUST READ. 

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lacigreen:

hahahahahaajahahahaha

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victoria’s secret is pulling a “love your body” marketing campaign

isn’t that just frickin cute?

victoria’s secret

the underwear company that is famous for irresponsibly reinforcing unrealistic and harmful expectations of people’s bodies.  the same company that only stocks clothing, bras, and underwear so long as you fall within their range of *acceptable* body sizes.  the same company that only uses models of a very specific height, weight, hair style, facial structure, and breast size.

the last thing any of their shitty advertising has ever told me is that i should “love my body”.

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Internet Calls Fat Girl ‘Fat’ And Her Response Is…Perfect | Upworthy

If you use the internet and don’t know who Meghan Tonjes is, check this out. Then follow her on all the networks because she is fantastic.

More people need to see this video. It’s a little bit old, but what better way to use some of my new Upworthy clout than by bringing it back? This shit’s important! 

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But then, the truth was never really the point. Thin women don’t tell their fat friends ‘You’re not fat’ because they’re confused about the dictionary definition of the word, or their eyes are broken, or they were raised on planets where size 24 is the average for women. They don’t say it because it’s the truth. They say it because fat does not mean just fat in this culture. It can also mean any or all of the following:

Ugly
Unhealthy
Smelly
Lazy
Ignorant
Undisciplined
Unlovable
Burdensome
Embarrassing
Unfashionable
Mean
Angry
Socially inept
Just plain icky

So when they say ‘You’re not fat,’ what they really mean is ‘You’re not a dozen nasty things I associate with the word fat.’ The size of your body is not what’s in question; a tape measure or a mirror could solve that dispute. What’s in question is your goodness, your lovability, your intelligence, your kindness, your attractiveness. And your friends, not surprisingly, are inclined to believe you get high marks in all those categories. Ergo, you couldn’t possibly be fat.

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Kate Harding (via rhiannon-random)

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hbbanana:

Robin, I want to marry you no matter what…assuming you don’t turn into a big fat fatty.”

WHY DOES EVERY SHOW HAVE TO THROW IN SOMETHING TO REMIND EVERYONE THAT BEING FAT IS A REASON NOT TO BE WITH SOMEONE? KEVIN’S FINE NOT HAVING CHILDREN SOLELY BECAUSE ROBIN DOESNT WANT TO, EVEN THOUGH HE ALWAYS HAS. BUT IF SHE GETS FAT, DEALS OFF? HE’S SUPPOSED TO BE A FUCKING THERAPIST AND HE’S A FUCKING DICK INSTEAD. I DON’T CARE IF IT’S SUPPOSED TO BE A JOKE, BE MORE CREATIVE AND LAY OFF THE FAT JOKES, MEDIA.

Good thing Robin has a long line of guys just waiting for her. Let’s hope she doesn’t gain weight, or else she’s bound to die alone. Thanks HIMYM, just adding to the long list of reminders telling me I’m dying alone.

I am disappointed in you, HIMYM writers. You used to be better than this. 

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"My body is not a representation of my failures, sins, or mistakes. My body is not a sign that I am in poor health, or that I am not physically fit. My body is not up for public discussion, debate or judgment. My body is not a signal that I need your help or input to make decisions about my health or life. My body is the constant companion that helps me do every single thing that I do every second of every day and it deserves respect and admiration. If you are incapable of appreciating my body that is your deficiency, not mine, and I do not care. Nor am I interested in hearing your thoughts on the matter so, if you want to be around me, you are 100% responsible for doing whatever it takes to keep those thoughts to yourself. If you are incapable of doing that I will leave and spend my time with people who can treat me appropriately. Please pass the green beans."

Avoid Holiday Weight Shame — Ragen (danceswithfat)

I think I’m going to give out Happy New Year cards that have this inside.

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sleepydumpling:

WORD.

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