Posts Tagged: body image

Black Panther and Strong Women

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I saw myself on the big screen—the strong black woman that I am, and the stronger black woman I aspire to become.

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Mothering Our Children and Ourselves: Molly Caro May’s Body Full of Stars

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As May moves through what she now calls her “postpartum challenge,” she does not return to her old self, but instead becomes someone new.

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Fitting In

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Without men around to impress, I discovered my own taste—what desire meant beyond the desire to be desirable.

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Everybody Is Fine: Talking with Jasmine Guillory

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Jasmine Guillory discusses her debut novel, The Wedding Date, finding success, writing sex, and the revolutionary act of eating.

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Mixed Feelings: Am I Too Fat For Love?

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We don’t like to think that love traffics in the same biases that shape our culture—but of course it does.

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Becoming Bodies

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[W]e wanted something different from each other’s bodies than what was actually there, which might be why our bodies sometimes came together.

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Thick and Thin

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Today is not the day I can eat like a normal person and not tomorrow either. But maybe the day after that or the next one after.

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The Thread: Ways of Being Seen

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Can you see it now? Is the image different in your mind yet? A thing you can’t unsee.

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Our Own Bodies: A Conversation with JoAnna Novak

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JoAnna Novak discusses her novel, I Must Have You, eating disorders, and writing characters that challenge our expectations of how women should behave.

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The Peep King’s Legacy: A Family Portrait

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The day after Hugh Hefner died, I received a text from my sister that our grandfather was starring alongside James Franco and Maggie Gyllenhaal in HBO’s new series, The Deuce.

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The Butt Song

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Last night as my husband got ready to go out [my daughter] grabbed his coat and said, “Call 1-900-Mix-A-Lot and kick those nasty thoughts.”

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Erasing the Girl: Why Don’t We Trust Women to Tell Their Stories of Disordered Eating?

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I didn’t want to criticize her, or demand explanations from her. I just wanted to hear her speak.

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VISIBLE: Women Writers of Color: Samantha Irby

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Samantha Irby discusses her new collection, We Are Never Meeting in Real Life, her reluctance to call herself a writer, and writing for the “cream jeans” crowd.

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Allowing a Female to Own Her Genius: Talking with Alana Massey

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Alana Massey discusses her debut collection, All the Lives I Want, the best piece of writing advice she’s ever received, and acknowledging the work that women do.

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Rumpus Original Fiction: Straw House

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“It’s not healthy, how you live. People aren’t meant to sleep all day. We need the sun. We’re meant to live in the sun.”

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The Unbearable Whiteness of Being: Claudia Cortese Discusses Wasp Queen

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Poet Claudia Cortese talks about her new book Wasp Queen and Lucy, the rebellious 90s teen whose voice inspired the collection.

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Don’t Think Twice and the Power of Improvising through the Unknown

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It’s a little extraordinary when you realize that you’re the one getting in your own way.

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The Sunday Rumpus Essay: I Died of Dysentery

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The glorious ways we fifth graders died in Mr. Mosher’s computer class. We strove to die in the most imaginable permutations possible.

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The Rumpus Interview with Jade Sharma

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Jade Sharma discusses her first novel Problems, the complicated feelings that came with debuting to rave reviews, and her writing and editing processes.

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Womanly Arts

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This is the hearth. This is the knot. This is home. The woman bent over a sewing machine, the steady hum of the motor, the needle rising and sinking.

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The Rumpus Interview with Roxane Gay

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Roxane Gay discusses her new collection, Difficult Women, the problem with whiteness as the default and the need for diverse representation, and life as a workaholic.

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