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Embrace Your Curves

This Blog Post Make My Butt Look Big? I was recently hanging out with a guy friend of mine and I mentioned that I was working out, eating healthier, and consciously trying to lose weight.  He mentioned that some guys like curvy girls and that I should keep that in mind when connecting with someone online.  I got feisty and said, “Geez, I’m damned if I do and damned if I don’t!  Some guys don’t like me because I’m too plus sized and now I have to worry about losing too much weight for others?”  I felt as i

Can Angelina Jolie Feel Feminine After Her Surgery?
The ideal image of femininity doesn't mean you are not feminine.
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Can Angelina Jolie Feel Feminine After Her Surgery?

Angelina Jolie has been a big news item in the past few days. And rightfully so. To have both breasts removed, and next, her ovaries, is not the usual way we hear of women doing things to prevent cancer. But before I talk about what it means as a woman, let me say that her case is fairly unusual "because more than 99% of women do not have BRCA1 -- or BRCA2, for that matter." So hopefully, women will not begin to think this is something they should do to prevent breast cancer. Without the presence of BRCA1, the best prevention for all disease is to eat well (and I mean EXTREMELY well), exercise regularly, avoid stress, and be happy. Now I want to talk about the self-image and emotional perspective of what Angelina Jolie has brought to the forefront of thinking. Can a woman who has had her breasts removed still feel like a woman?

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How can moms help their daughters grow up with a healthy body image?
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Can I Stop My Girls From Hating Their Bodies?

As a woman, body image issues have drifted in and out of my life for as long as I can remember. They're that little albatross I can't quite shake: Every time I squeeze into a pair of jeans or put on my swimsuit for my daughters' Saturday morning lessons, every time I turn sideways to see my reflection in a mirror or compare myself to someone beautiful. They're the questions that tumble around in my head: Am I old? Am I fat? Am I pretty? When my daughter started asking the same questions, I knew it was time to break the cycle.

The Triple Bind - Saving Our Teenage Girls from Today's Pressures
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The Triple Bind - Saving Our Teenage Girls from Today's Pressures

Originally published by the author in Examiner.com. The explosion of social media and digital communication has sparked a war against adolescent girls. The pressure to be perfect, to be all things, and to deny themselves. With all the demands proliferating the media images including advertisements that celebrate the ideal image it is no wonder that adolescent is ripe with triggers that amplify the need to conform for acceptance.

 Things I Wish I Had Known About Being Female & Single.
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Things I Wish I Had Known About Being Female & Single.

      I wish I had known how spectacular females are, and then honored myself as one among them. Males love the company of females. The most important thing in a relationship is that HE really gets YOU and vice versa. Really getting someone requires only that each person pay close attention and listen deeply. Finding someone who really understands you, is like finding a gem in the ocean.

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"It can be bald or short, it doesn't matter about my hair. Nothing is going to change."
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'I Just Made History. And You're Focusing On My Hair?'

In a day and age when women's appearances are perpetually scrutinized, the controversy over Olympic gold medalist Gabby Douglas's hair is particularly maddening and egregious, since Douglas has just made history by becoming the first African-American gymnast to ever win the all-around individual title in the Olympics.

Why Your Teen Shouldn't Worry About Body Image [EXPERT]
Stop, and put down that tape measure!
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Why Your Teen Shouldn't Worry About Body Image

many mothers are concerned that their daughters remain thin so that they can have options in life-options to go on dates, options to decide whether or not to accept a prom invitation, and maybe even the option to hang out with the better looking boys. I do know that many mothers are concerned about their daughters' health and developing good eating and exercise habits. I continue to remain perplexed about why so many women associate thinness with attractiveness. I am concerned that we have made the erroneous assumption that males will find our daughters more attractive if they are skinny. This is at odds with what the boys tell me; many of them say that they like women who are curvy.

4 Tips To Stop Negative Body Talk
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4 Tips To Stop Negative Body Talk

As someone who has been there and who teaches women to eradicate their negative body talk, I am keenly aware how often women actually bash themselves without even batting an eyelash. This negative self-talk has become so ingrained in their being that they are no longer aware it even comes out of their mouth. Negative body talk also known as “fat speak” is prevalent everywhere. You don't have to walk far to hear this kind of personal ridicule.

6 Tips To Improve Your Body Image & Your Sex Life [EXPERT]
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6 Tips To Improve Your Body Image & Your Sex Life

If you do not feel good about your body, you probably are not going to want to be seen naked or even partially undressed in front of a partner. How can you improve your body image so that you can have more sexual enjoyment? Here are six suggestions to help improve your self-esteem and love the skin you are in.

How My Miscarriage Taught Me To Love Myself [EXPERT]
"My loveliness is now reinforced by the fact that I survived my daughter's passing."
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How My Miscarriage Taught Me To Love Myself

Then, last year, a week after Mother's Day, I finally figured out what authentic beauty was. On May 16th, 2011, I gave birth to and subsequently lost my daughter during my fifth month of pregnancy. During my pregnancy, I gleefully packed on 30 pounds, feeling plump and beautiful. My extraordinary weight gain became a thing of humor. I called myself the clumsy walrus on a daily basis.

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Eat all the cookies you want, 'cause it's International No Diet Day.
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Accept Your Body: Happy International No Diet Day!

Since its creation in 1992, Mary Evans Young, the director of the British group "Diet Breakers" (someone sign me up, please!), not only is International No Diet Day about accepting your body and the fact that no two bodies are alike, but it's also dedicated to promoting healthy lifestyles and that moderation is your friend.

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Samantha Brick is getting a ton of attention for writing an article on her own hotness.
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Samantha Brick: Do We Hate Confident Women?

In case you missed it, Samantha Brick, whose name even sounds made-up, wrote about how "pretty" she is, and how it leads to constant spontaneous gift-giving by men around her. "There are downsides to being pretty," she wrote. "The main one being that other women hate me for no other reason than my lovely looks."

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Not everyone looks like these gals in a bikini.
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7 Reasons "Bikini Season" Is Stupid

Hooray! Winter is officially over, and spring has arrived. Which means cherry blossoms, the smell of lilacs, the return of the sun…and a torrential downpour of body-shaming ads that would like you to think that you have been a fat lump all winter, and that you are unfit for a swimsuit. Welcome to the beginning of "bikini season."