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Please Read This!
01/08/2011

This site is here as an accurate reflection of what real women look like. All women.

 
 

It is not a forum for judgement.

It is not a place where some women are welcome to post their pictures and others are not.

It is not a place for us to second guess what someone says they weigh or what size pants they wear.

It is not a place to decide that someone is healthy enough or not healthy enough to post their picture.

It is a place for women to post their true and accurate pictures. And for other women to see that the world is not a place of cookie cutters. We are all different in our body shape and size as well as our place in our journey to loving our bodies exactly as they are, not as we (or others) think they should be.

It is a place for us to be kind to others and ourselves.

Flagging a photo should be done only when it is:

1. clearly miscategorized (by what you judge to be 100lbs or more).

2. not a woman.

3. unviewable.

4. more than one person.

5. a duplicate.

6. "inappropriate," which means full nudity.

There have been concerns raised about images that some consider "damaging" or "dangerous" because the woman appears to be self-harming or seems to be struggling with an eating disorder. This is NOT a reason to tag the photo. Our initial reaction to these was that this is a place to reflect reality and that this is a sad reality for some women. We have spoken to three different Doctors of Psychology regarding our choices and we are comfortable with our decision to allow all women, regardless of where they are on their journey to self-acceptance, to post their pictures to this site. Please respect each woman's journey. 

"Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle." -Plato

Please Note: We strongly encourage anyone who is (or thinks they may be) struggling with an eating disorder to seek professional help. This site is NOT, and is not meant to be, in any way a substitute or replacement for professional medical help.

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I have struggled with my weight since I was a little girl. I started gaining weight rapidly when I was 10, now 14 years later I'm still gaining weight.  After medical conditions, I have decided that once and for all I'm going to do something about my weight. A lot of people always say to me that I'm fat, ugly and some times even useless, BUT I've stopped listening to what they say. The only person who can judge me is myself.
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I was an anorexic for a little over 8 years. It was diagnosed the summer before my 6th grade year--no one really knows when it started originally. I have been a recovering anorexic for 6 months now and have gone from 80 something pounds to 130. I want to be happy, to feel ok in my skin, but it's always hard. Even my boyfriend, who I got healthy for, can't make me feel better about my body all the time. I found this site just today, in the worst week of insecurities I've had in a long while. And after the initial shock and crying fit, this is the most amazing thing I have ever seen. Thank you so much everyone, you make people like me see what beauty can really be even in ourselves.
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I was dismayed this morning when I logged into the MyBodyGallery.com administrator dashboard to complete our regular rounds of image approvals/rejections, which includes images flagged by community members as inappropriate or otherwise problematic. An act of shameful internet “activism” had happened overnight—40 of our community members’ images had been flagged as inappropriate. Every one had been identically reported because, according to the “activist”, each image “promotes morbid obesity”. While we at MyBodyGallery.com appreciate and respect social activism (including creative internet-based forms), this type of shaming goes against everything we are working for: that ALL bodies of ALL weights can be represented in a positive manner, without shame and with transparency.
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