November 6th, 2005
It seems to be socially acceptable for women to talk about a lot of things now. They can discuss plastic surgery they've had, the diets that they're on, their cellulite, and where they get bikini waxes. So long as it's in a slightly negative "oh, woe is me" kind of light it's okay. There's one taboo that's rarely broken, though:
Talking about how we love our bodies.
It's taken me a long time to get to this point in my life, but you know what? I do love my body. I love the way I feel in my own skin. This is the most precious, wonderful possession I will ever have. I love how I look in $80 silk blouses and t-shirts I got on discount. I love dancing around my room because a good song is on the radio. I love going for a run and feeling all of my muscles working together.
There's this revelry in our bodies that we often have as kids, but lose as we get older. We learn to wear a t-shirt over our bathing suits. We learn to cross our arms over our stomachs. We learn to be afraid of our bodies, because they jiggle here and don't stick out far enough there.
But, this is the only body I will ever have. Why not enjoy it for everything that it's worth?
So, I love my muscular legs, I love my modest breasts, I love the curve of my belly, and I love my size twelve feet. I love my body.
What do you love about yours?
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October 13th, 2005
I know this isn't a womens' issue, but in fact its an everyone issue, and its pretty important. I had to pass it on.
I hate guns! I hate the fact that a bunch of innocent bystanders can die and their killer won't be punished. Signed the petition, hope you feel led to do so also. I visit Florida a lot, I have friends there, I don't want this law there. And I don't want the law in my state either.
October 10th, 2005
My cousin and I were watching TV last night when a commercial for Commander-In-Chief--a series about a woman president of the United States of America--came on. My cousin, knowing I've looked into possibly working for the government after I'm done with school, started joking about how I should become the first female US president. And, as I thought about it all, I thought that it might be possible that there is a female president in my lifetime, but she won't look like Geena Davis.
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x-posted to busst and br0k3nsoul
October 7th, 2005
Hey all just joined. I'm 19/F from Minnesota and I've struggled with food/body image issues for years. This sounds like a great community, hope to post again soon!
I just started a group for other people struggling with eating disorders/body image in Minnesota and surrounding states, if anyone wants to join feel free!! http://www.livejournal.com/community/keldawn77/
Current Mood: cheerful
October 5th, 2005
|tangerine20||10:02 am - I'm new =)|
Hello to all of you. I came across this community about 10 minutes ago, read much of it, and joined immediately.
My name is Ali, 20 years old, from Mobile Alabama. I am very impressed by all of you, you are all very intelligent and driven. I hope to learn alot from all of you.
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August 25th, 2005
Hi! My name's Ana and I'm new. I'm starting college in the fall at Oberlin college. I've been a feminist for as long as I can remember and I've had food issues just as long. I have symptoms of compulsive eating and anorexia, though I have been diagnosed with neither.
I think my own eating issues are more linked to my own personal feelings as opposed to the media, but I do think the media affects them. I've perpertually been 10-15 pounds overweight, and it's hard to shake the feelings that I'm not beautiful. I have relatively little problem with the idea of the objectification of women, but I dislike how the objectification of women has become the ONLY way that they're viewed. Men get to be both objectified and viewed as smart capable people. Women are just silicone playthings. I think the fact that I'm bisexual helps me to feel more comfortable with the idea of objectifying women, but I wish that the attractive women plastered all over television weren't only a size 2.
August 24th, 2005
|spunkarific||03:36 pm - ::waves::|
hi, i'm new! i don't have anything to write this second, but wanted to say hello!
August 5th, 2005
In addition to what br0k3nsoul posted a few days ago, I've found another article about the Dove ads. This one gives details such as models' sizes (4-12, according to Dove press releases) and warns Dove that they'll be pigeonholed as the "fat chick" brand if they continue with this kind of advertising.
I did some checking at my local mall (Edgewater Mall in Biloxi, MS) and found some interesting information.
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