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.
From websites devoted to fat-shaming celebrities to "thinspiration" Pinterest boards, it’s safe to say there's a pervasive message out there: women should be skinny in order to be beautiful. And it's not men who are applying the pressure. Women are consistently more critical of other women than men are to women. Why are we so hard on one another?
Are you among the 38% who made New Year's Resolutions to take better care of their bodies? If so, you're not alone. But while almost 50% of us make resolutions in January, 25% of all Resolvers don't make it past Week One (per Betterment.com). Why is it so easy to take care of our boyfriends, galpals and loved ones but so hard to take care of ourselves? Perhaps because few of us actually treat ourselves like our own best friends -- which we are!
• Your body is a work of beauty and art created intentionally by the same God that created the earth. It is a sensual body filled with many wonderful ways to know, experience and celebrate joy and pleasure. Love, appreciate and savor every inch of your lusciousness! • You were given your sensual, beautiful, miraculous body so you could know how remarkable you are. The more you believe this the more joy you will bring to yourself. • You were created to know love – to be loved, to give love, to act in love and to defend love.
“I’m so fat!” “My butt looks huge in these jeans!” “I can’t leave the house looking like THIS!” If you’ve uttered words like these, you might be putting your relationship at risk. Even if you’ve never put yourself down or been hateful about your body out loud, you still might be negatively affecting your love relationship or marriage.
The Oscar contender, THE SESSIONS, starring Helen Hunt (Cheryl Cohen Greene), John Hawkes (Mark O'Brien) and William H. Macy (Father Brendan) deals head on with human sexuality and disability in all their complexities. The movie tells the story of Mark O'Brien, a 38-year-old Catholic virgin who has spent most of his life in an iron lung as a consequence of contracting polio as a child. His paralysis from the neck down leaves him reliant on others to take care of literally all of his physical needs.
We all know that for any animal, vegetable or mineral out there, there's probably a "sexy Halloween costume." Whether it's Sexy Eskimo Pie, Sexy Firefighter, or — what's sure to be this year's favorite — Sexy Big Bird, you're sure to find a costume with a mini-skirt, low-cut "shirt" (more like bra) and tiny little hat.
SOMETHING’S WRONG WITH THIS PICTURE I will never be thin enough to please my husband. He wants me to look like the bony, anorexic women who prance across the screen of our HDTV which he watches, 8 hours a day. When I point out that he’s comparing me, a real, three-dimensional-flesh-and-blood woman to the impossible standard the media has brainwashed him with he dismisses my idea completely. Is he kidding or am I married to a man who’s he really that stupid and shallow?
If there's a lesson to be learned from Jami Lynn Toler, the Arizona woman accused of faking cancer to raise money for breast implants, it's that some things are just not worth doing for fake boobs.
So, how do you feel about an old 'Teen Mom' to be interviewed behind bars, on TV, for all of us to see. Well, it's about to happen.