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2 12, 2016

“You’ve Changed a Lot Since You Lost Weight”

By | 2017-06-10T11:18:50+00:00 December 2nd, 2016|It's All Mental, Social Construct|0 Comments

"You know, you've changed a lot since you've lost weight." It was always—always—said scornfully. It was supposed to signal to me that I was different now, and the difference was not welcome.

15 04, 2016

‘Working Out is for White People,’ Round Two

By | 2017-06-10T11:19:21+00:00 April 15th, 2016|Social Construct|7 Comments

So, Buzzfeed did a thing. I mean, a questionable thing, no doubt, but a thing that definitely has the Internet going nuts. In the discussions surrounding this thing Buzzfeed did, I saw this comment: All through high school, I was told that I was acting white because I loved to read. Even now in 2o16 [...]

15 09, 2015

Stop Telling Me Black Women Don’t Work Out

By | 2017-06-10T11:19:40+00:00 September 15th, 2015|#ScaleFreeBaby, Body Image, Running, Social Construct|12 Comments

You sound like an idiot when you start your little rant about how black women 'don't work out.' We do, and we'd appreciate it if you stopped the nonsense.

17 02, 2015

The Newscaster, The Lawyer & The Letter: Bullying In The Digital Era

By | 2017-06-10T11:20:41+00:00 February 17th, 2015|Body Image, Social Construct|23 Comments

I'm still struggling with the fact that all of this actually happened. So, this newscaster and her husband are anchors for WKBT, La Crosse, Wisconsin. The wife, Jennifer Livingston, receives the following letter... Hi Jennifer, It's unusual that I see your morning show, but I did so for a very short time today. I was [...]

27 01, 2015

What Happens When Your Professor Shows His Scumbag Tendencies on the Internet

By | 2017-06-10T11:20:56+00:00 January 27th, 2015|Social Construct|10 Comments

"Dear obese PhD applicants: if you didn't have the willpower to stop eating carbs, you won't have the willpower to do a dissertation #truth"

15 01, 2015

“Dating While Fat And Feminist,” And The Nasty Things You Learn About People After You Lose Weight

By | 2017-06-10T11:21:29+00:00 January 15th, 2015|Social Construct, Standards of Black Beauty|215 Comments

"You wind up making friends with guys who admit their dating preferences freely, knowing that - since you're no longer fat - they won't offend you..."

26 11, 2014

Why There’s No Good Food In the ‘Hood: Deconstructing the Bodega and the Corner Store

By | 2017-06-10T11:22:06+00:00 November 26th, 2014|Social Construct|13 Comments

Why does your 'hood have nothing but corner stores and candy bars? Easy: it's the cheapest and most profitable.

3 11, 2014

My Thoughts On The Vogue Italia “Plus-Sized” Cover, “Real Women,” and Body Snarking

By | 2017-06-10T11:22:43+00:00 November 3rd, 2014|Body Image, Social Construct|27 Comments

On the "real women have curves" mentality, "plus-size celebration" issues and body snarking.

16 09, 2014

Scrapping Sports For Wellness Programs: Should More HBCUs Follow Spelman’s Lead?

By | 2014-09-16T12:04:46+00:00 September 16th, 2014|Health News, Social Construct|12 Comments

"[Spelman's president] said a campus analysis found that almost one out of every two students has high blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes or is obese."

16 09, 2014

Tempestt Bledsoe, Brandy, Tatyana Ali “Go Naked” In Skin Cancer Ad

By | 2015-09-23T16:53:12+00:00 September 16th, 2014|Body Image, Health and Health Care, Social Construct|18 Comments

Celebrities and well-known women "go naked" to encourage sunscreen use.

17 07, 2014

“How I Lost The Weight, And Why You Shouldn’t Admire Me For It”

By | 2017-06-10T11:44:10+00:00 July 17th, 2014|Running, Social Construct|28 Comments

"...how can you look at someone who is obese and hold them personally responsible for each pound? Or personally virtuous for each pound lost?"