According to stats from 2002, approximately 1.5% of young women in Canada aged 15 to 24 have an eating disorder and approximately 1 million Canadians have been diagnosed. Each and every single day in the media, we're bombarded with messaging about chronic dieting, over-exercising and other manifestations of how the ideal body image should look and be presented and how we can live up to those standards and it plagues many, many women.
GUTS Canadian Feminism Magazine publishes literary essays and reviews, long-form journalism, interviews, fiction, and new media that further feminist correspondence, criticism, and community in Canada. Just in the last year, they have been producing fresh, bold content that has been catching the attention of readers across North America.
On December 16th, almost one month ago, I shared my story about having a stroke and I did a call out for other women and their very own stories on the blog. Finally, I'm here to share another women's story. Her name is Sophie Delancey, and she is many things - a sexuality advocate, writer and educator based out of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Last year, thanks to my friend Siobhan, I found out about the Toronto Rape Crisis Centre/Multicultural Women Against Rape Bowl-a-Thon and I decided to get involved. Each year, The Toronto Rape Crisis Centre/Multicultural Women Against Rape (TRCC/MWAR) does so much good helping women in Toronto impacted by sexual violence.
So New Year's Eve is just around the corner and each and every single year, we're bombarded with messages from the media telling us to do better, be better and look better. Why is that? One of the things I hate most about the New Year is the cringe-worthy status updates about "New Year, New Me" or the "Just signed up for the gym, YOLO!"
It's hard to believe, but it has been exactly one year since 'that day' happened. 'That day' started out like any other day. I woke up and got ready. I was running late for my girlfriend Ashley's birthday brunch like a total asshole and ended up taking a cab. I got up and faced the day like any other day. I ate waffles and it was a normal Saturday. For photographic evidence, see below.
Sometimes its so hard to see the forest for the trees. Sometimes we're just getting up everyday and going through the motions. Sometimes we're just trying to have a Tim Gunn moment with life and, "Make it work". Sometimes to others what seems so otherwise perfect and amazing is really not all its cracked up to be.