The term “self care” has become increasingly prevalent on feminist sites and in feminist discourse. We can tell it sounds nice, but what is it, exactly? And why has it been dubbed “radical” by some? What is self-care? Self-care is the term used by psychologists, feminists, and others to refer to someone actively choosing to… Read more »
Posts Categorized: Love Your Body
It’s hard to go a day without someone telling me how beautiful I look. There’s always someone–telling me to love my body, reminding me that I’m strong and I can do anything, imploring me to remember that my insecurity about my appearance is irrational. You’d think that all of this positivity would send my self-confidence… Read more »
TRIGGER WARNING: suicide, self-harm, depression, anxiety, eating disorders Does beauty have a trigger warning? I’m asking for a friend. They say the key to success and happiness is self-esteem and the confidence that follows. Self-esteem is only a concept, so the absence of it in my life doesn’t concern me much. The ritual of looking… Read more »
An estimated 30 million people in the US struggle with eating disorders. Eating disorders – including anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder, and Other Specified Feeding or Eating Disorders (OSFED) – have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness, but only 1 in 10 people with an eating disorder will receive treatment. It’s National Eating… Read more »
There’s nothing to be gained by politicizing women’s health, but there’s a lot to lose.
Consider this: Two years ago, the Susan G. Komen Foundation walked into a hornet’s nest when it did something that was fundamentally opposed to its mission. It jumped into a controversy that was all about politics and nothing about breast cancer patients and survivors.
Love Your Body, a campaign of the NOW Foundation, “challenges the message that a woman’s value is best measured through her willingness and ability to embody current beauty standards.” Women and girls are told, every day and in so many ways,that being admired, envied and desired based on their looks is a primary function of true womanhood. The beauty standards enforced by our society are rigid, narrow, unrealistic, and very, very white.
The media tells women, communities of color, and LGBTQIA individuals that they are not worthy of being anything other than a sidekick because no one like them is ever the protagonist of a story worth telling. Rather than being representative and producing an inclusive culture, visual media outlets are constructing a culture of exclusion dominated by the thin, the white, and the male.