My Body Stories
Crying While Grocery Shopping
I don't think I can ever remember a time where I wasn't disgusted with my own body. Even from a young age I would constantly complain, whether it was to my friends or just to myself, about how much bigger I was than what seemed to me like everyone else. When I went to boarding school in 9th grade, this body misconception only became worse. At only 14 I was shipped off to Connecticut to attend one of the top schools in the country, knowing no one and being completely vulnerable. After being so body conscious for so long I had managed to maintain a fairly average weight of 130lbs at 5'8". Still, I was not satisfied and friends that I had made up at school grew tired of my constant complaining about my perfectly normal body. I even had guy friends tell me that I was "so insecure, it was unattractive."
Always Something To Dislike
At almost 30, I realize, no matter what, I have never been happy with my body. There is always something I hate. I grew up being very, very thin. I have IBS, and it was especially bad in my youth/teenage years so eating almost always made me nauseous. I had a high metabolism and good genes. When I was a kid, looking at photos now especially, at times I looked scary thin.
The War on Female Nipples Impacts Body Image Too
This issue’s feature story for the newletter was going to be about our updated guidelines for picture uploads, but a little Facebook snafu provided a more provocative topic. On our Facebook page (which you should follow if you don’t already), we regularly post articles of interest about body image and body positivity. Sometimes these venture into areas that some people might consider risqué. We try to flag such articles as NSFW (not safe for work) or somehow indicate that the content might be problematic. Usually the thumbnail images accompanying articles have been chosen to be “Facebook friendly” (e.g. no female nipples), but occasionally they are borderline.
Social Media Link Roundup
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