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On The Olympics & Body Diversity

Holly Mangold, weight lifter London 2012Nastia Liukin

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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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[Never Say Diet] America The Beautiful 2: The Thin Commandments

iVillage Never Say Diet America The Beautiful 2: The Thin Commandments Virginia Sole-Smith

Quick disclaimer: It’s iVillage (not VA) style to turn headlines into rhetorical questions. Of course you all know that my answer to that question is “a thousand times, yes, good Lord, stop asking me that!”

So the critical tone of my review of America The Beautiful 2: The Thin Commandments isn’t about finding fault with its premise. Director Darryl Roberts and I are five by five on all of that. So much so that I was a little hesitant to be critical out here in blogland — I want to unabashedly support such a big, bold step for body positivity in general and not get caught up in semantic debates. I hate when activists waste time arguing with each other that could be better spent working for the common good.

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[Never Say Diet] A Weekend Without Mirrors

IVillage Never Say Diet Virginia Sole-Smith Weekend Without Mirrors

As y’all know, I don’t have the greatest track record for sticking with those ubiquitous 30-day blog challenges — I tend to get distracted and fall off the wagon or just start making up my own rules. This might be connected to why I am such a believer in the whole Never Say Diet ethos. Basically, any time you deny me anything, I get cranky and want it more, more, more because you are not the boss of me! Even when “you” is really “me,” because I’m the one who decided to follow some abstract set of rules in the first place.

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[Never Say Diet] Stop Hating The Parts of Your Body That Don’t Exist

Whoops! Forgot to tell y’all about last Thursday’s Never Say Diet post last Thursday. So here we are (Happy Monday!):

It’s inspired by this post by Autumn over on The Beheld, plus the rather genius teachings of the Alexander Technique and it’s pretty straightforward: A lot of the body parts that cause you the most angst aren’t even really part of your body.

Trippy, right? And so freeing?! Liberate yourself from your metaphorical (and okay, literal, thanksGettystockimages) measuring tape chains. Like for real, yo.  

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Pretty Price Check (05.06.11)

The Pretty Price Check: Your Friday round-up of how much we paid for beauty this week.


  • 32 percent of teenage girls have used a tanning bed in the past year, and 81 percent report tanning outside, despite hearing all the time that the sun will make you old and wrinkly before your time (and oh yeah, skin cancer). Hear that? It’s the sound of a thousand dermatologists banging their heads against a wall as they realize their existence is futile. (Via MedicineNet.)
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Three Things You Need to Know to Be a Good Salon Client

Beauty Schooled The Beheld Virginia Sole-Smith Be a Good Salon Client

And you thought yesterday was awesome, what with me talking all about beauty and feminism and the sisterhood of the Brazilian. (Are we making that a thing yet? C’mon!) Today I’m over on The Beheld again, talking about the three things you need to know to be a good salon client.

Hint: One of them is so important, it gets it’s own page on Beauty Schooled, up where it says Tipping Point in the header.

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Beauty Schooled on The Beheld!

Virginia Sole-Smith Q&A on The Beheld

My new blog friend Autumn Whitefield-Madrano writes an awesome and thoughtful blog called The Beheld, which you should already know about because I link to it allll the time in the Price Check and on Twitter.

So there was much hopping about with excitement when Autumn asked to interview me for The Beheld about the Beauty U project and other beauty-related matters. Check it out here.

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