I was browsing Instagram recently and saw this post from Isabel Foxen Duke's 'gram: I sat with this for a minute. I thought about it. I closed Instagram. I wanted to comment, but I also wanted to think about why this post was so immediately troubling to me. I needed to gather my thoughts. And here … Continue reading Thinness, Happiness, and the Problem of Unchecked Thin Privilege
There has been a lot of talk about Netflix's show Insatiable online lately, including a petition to stop it from airing. And it's not hard to see why. Watch this train wreck for yourself: The story is straight out of the 80s: Patty is a sad fatty who apparently has no identity outside of being sad … Continue reading The Trouble with Fat Suits
A bowl of yogurt seems like a strange adversary, but yogurt and I have been at war for years. I like yogurt. I really do! It's sweet, fruity, you can put fun things in it like granola and blueberries and even chocolate chips, it doesn't require preparation, and it's a decently filling and convenient breakfast … Continue reading Eating My Way to the Other Side
Dear readers, as much as I beat the drum of Health At Every Size (HAES), I have a confession to make: I am not what most would consider "healthy." A Cough, a Crash, a Tangled Cluster of Symptoms Most mornings, upon waking up, I cough. I cough and cough and cough. I feel pressure under … Continue reading Unhealthy
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I've seen a lot of chatter online about Self Magazine's latest online issue, with Tess Holliday on the cover. And for good reason: The interview with Tess Holliday is awesome The essay by Lindy West, edited by Ijeoma Oluo, is awesome The essay by Jes Baker is awesome The inclusion of more bodies, voices and … Continue reading Thoughts About Self Magazine’s Bo-Po Reckoning
I've been working from home since January. And it has been absolute bliss. I wake up at 8:30 a.m., brew myself some coffee, toast a bagel, and sit down to start my day in yoga pants. Throughout the day, I can take short breaks to walk my dog, pet my cat, wash the dishes. I … Continue reading Guide to Surviving Diet Culture in the Office
I've been hearing about Dietland on AMC for months now. This mainly speaks to how large and powerful the "body positive" movement has become on social media: influencers have been promoting this show, starring Joy Nash of "A Fat Rant," with genuine excitement about a show tackling the beauty myth with a real, actual fat … Continue reading Dietland on AMC: A Review
Recently, I was going through old pictures of myself and pining for the body I used to have. I wrote Memories of a Body about the experience of going through those pictures, the feelings they evoked, and the memories I had tried to ignore. I saw a thinner body in pictures of myself in my … Continue reading Older, Wiser, Richer, Wider.
I am four years old. I am taking ballet class. I have to get up early on Saturday morning to go to ballet class at Karen Sachs' Dance Academy. I hate waking up early and I hate wearing itchy tights, but I love ballet class. I feel graceful and powerful when I dance, even if … Continue reading Memories of a Body.