Monthly Archives: February 2012

Body Image Warrior Week: DeeDee Robinson of Decoding Dress

Body Image Warrior Week via AlreadyPretty

I’ll admit it: In the past, I’ve been a little snooty about fashion blogs. See also: My Pinterest angst. See also: I’m a giant hypocrite on both fronts (because I love fashion blogs and Pinterest). And: I was just plain wrong. DeeDee Robinson, who writes Decoding Dress, would be one of the bloggers who set me straight on that. She posts outfits and she writes about why we wear what we wear. And she is so smart.

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Body Image Warrior Week: Caitlin Constantine of Fit & Feminist

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I discovered Caitlin Constantine of Fit and Feminist via Monday’s Body Image Warrior Autumn, (see how this blogging community thing works? love!) and was immediately hooked because Caitlin’s take on all things body is, in fact, fit and feminist. That might sound simple but it so isn’t. In many ways, “fit” has become the new “skinny,” as in, yet another unachievable beauty ideal. Caitlin has no interest in that. She’s all about fitness as a way to realize your own personal power — which means recognizing when those beauty standards are getting in the way. (See this awesome post on why the scale is our new glass ceiling for the case in point.) 

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Body Image Warrior Week: Margarita Tartakovsky of Weightless

This afternoon, I bring you Margarita Tartakovsky. Over on her blog Weightless, you’ll find thought-provoking interviews with psychologists, researchers and other folks out on the front lines of ED recovery and treatment, as well as beautifully-written inspiration and advice. This essay would be a lovely example of the latter. 

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Body Image Warrior Week: Patti Gibbons of Not Dead Yet Style

Body Image Warrior Week via AlreadyPretty

Body Image Warrior Week via AlreadyPretty

 Today’s Body Image Warrior is Patti Gibbons of Not Dead Yet Style. This is one Warrior whose blog is new-to-me this week and I’m so delighted to discover it, mostly because in her blog bio, Patti says, “we are not dead yet, let’s enjoy every sandwich.” Yes. I love sandwiches. Oh, she’s also a self-described “crazy cat lady,” and ummm, I can relate.

Anyway, today Patti is debunking one of the biggest Beauty Myths of them all: Your Body and Problem Areas.   

Not Dead Yet Style

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Body Image Warrior Week: Autumn Whitefield-Madrano of The Beheld

Well, hello there, and welcome to National Eating Disorder Awareness Week.

According to NEDA, “The aim of NEDAwareness Week is to ultimately prevent eating disorders and body image issues while reducing the stigma surrounding eating disorders and improving access to treatment.”

Last year, I kept my NEDAwareness Week participation pretty simple and just made sure to post the NEDA helpline info. That seems rather useful, actually, so I’m going to do it again:

www.NationalEatingDisorders.org
Toll-free Helpline: 800-931-2237

But it also didn’t seem like quite — enough. So I was super excited when Sally McGraw of Already Pretty invited me to participate in Body Image Warrior Week, a blogosphere event she created to bring the body image blogging community together and coincide with NEDAwareness Week. Here’s what Sally says about it

Both as a means of supporting NEDA’s work during awareness week, and as a way of introducing you to a group of amazing women who fight hard against body image oppression through their own words and work, I decided to coordinate Body Image Warrior Week. Throughout the course of this week, you’ll read posts from inspiring writers who have chosen to share their stories and wisdom, both here and on other participating blogs.

One important note: Body image issues are not synonymous with or necessarily the root cause of eating disorders and nor are we out to make that case.(In fact, Autumn over on The Beheld is making the opposite point rather brilliantly today. But they are intertwined in some pretty thorny ways. And since beauty and body politics are what we know — as opposed to, say, the genetic and physiological causes of eating disorders — talking about body image seems like the best way we can help this week. 

So here’s the first BIWW post, from the wonderful Autumn! I am so excited to post a piece of Autumn’s writing here because I have adored her work for ages now (and she was kind enough to feature me on her blog awhile back and I’m beyond fashionably late at reciprocating the hospitality!).

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The Georgia Billboard Project Reached Its Goal!

Another quick one. Sorry guys, Horace was back in town for most of last week, though I think he finally packed his bags today. But even with his nonsense, I couldn’t wait to get online and thank all of you who donated a Solidarity Dollar (or more!) to the Billboard Project.

Because Ragen reports: “Exactly a week and a day after we started the Georgia Billboard campaign we have 1010 donors and $21,721.20. Enough to launch a good campaign in Atlanta.”

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Support the Billboard Project with a Solidarity Dollar

Just a quick one to say that the STAND Campaign’s Billboard Project is thisclose to its fundraising goal — and y’all can totally help us get there by donating a buck. Yes, just a buck! Or more, of course. But they need 217 more donations to unlock a $5,000 matching grant, so right now, it’s all about the Solidarity Dollars.

Here’s the scoop from my girl Ragen Chastein of Dances With Fat fame, who is organizing this awesomeness:

Support All Kids Billboard Project Update

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Pinning Things Down

Virginia on Pinterest

Hi, my name is Virginia and I’m addicted to Pinterest. (If you’re already confused, click here to find out what it’s all about.)

My friend Amy got me hooked way back in September 2010. I’m fairly sure it’s the only thing we’ve ever early adopted! Since then, she’s pinned a reasonable 268 items. Meanwhile I’ve pinned 839 things.

Ahem. That total actually went up to 845 pins since I wrote the first draft of this post.

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Komen Gives Planned Parenthood Its Money Back

iVillage Health "Komen Gives Planned Parenthood Its Money Back" by Virginia Sole-Smith

But did Big Pink really get the message? iVillage Health asked me to drop by and discuss it.

Bottom line: If you stood with Planned Parenthood and/or breast cancer organizations that don’t play politics with women’s heath, good on you! We made a difference and 170,000 low-income women will be getting breast cancer screenings this year as a result.

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Awesome Doesn’t Have a Size.

Usually, I try to spread the advocacy posts out a bit, so as to not burn you guys out — standing up for things is hard work after all. But this is a blog first and foremost about body politics — and this week, a lot of our core issues hit a boiling point. So we’ve been standing up for salon workers’ health, and for Planned Parenthood and women’s health in general. 

And today we’re taking a stand for children’s health. Which really blows my mind because, really? We have to have a debate about that? 

Virginia & Kate Stand for Healthy Kids

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