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.
I have been planning a visit back to the East Coast for some time now, but it was all thanks to Kaleigh Trace and the Venus Envy team that I finally got to make my way back there.What many might not know is that, I have many connections and roots to the East Coast. However it's been a long time since I last made my way there, the last time in 2001. So what was significant about this trip to me...
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.
So I don't know about you, but in the last year or so I have been getting more and more into podcasts. Perhaps we can blame Serial (and infectious MailChimp ad's) or the effervescent storytelling that was done by the team by This American Life. But one thing that has gotten undeniable: the audience for female driven podcasts is (clearly) getting louder and with that, the female creative teams are making headway.
This week, two new hashtag activism campaigns were launched by two different groups to challenge body image issues and tackle how people view the body positive movement throughout the world. The first campaign was release by plus-size brand, Smart Glamour - based out of New York City.
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.
Just recently, Yahoo Health released the results of their body positivity survey and sadly only one in seven Americans feels “body positive". The online survey, conducted on a nationally representative sample of 2,000 people between the ages of 13 and 64 found that women were more often than not body negative.
Just the other day, plus-blogger Gabi Gregg (aka GabiFresh) laid things out on Twitter the other day dropping truth bombs on how difficult it is to dress as a plus-size lady. As she posted her tweets, there was one that really resonated with me and it's the one I screen-capped above.
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.
One of Toronto's first of its kind LGBTQ+ focused craft, art, fashion and literature events. This weekend, the Pink Market is offering up its version of a holiday market with PINK XMAS on December 12 and 13 at The 519 Community Centre. I had the chance to chat with Natalia Manzocco, organizer of Pink Market who told me a bit about the roots of the event and why Pink Market is so important to queer arts in general.
As a fat woman, I'm offended. But as a women (period), I'm offended. And do you know why? Because I'm sick and tired of these bullshit body positive campaigns being shilled out. Not just to me (as a women of size) but to all women. I don't know about you, but I haven't forgotten that Special K was a diet cereal.
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.