Social Construct
2 12, 2016

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

By | 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 | 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 | 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.

8 09, 2015

Supermarkets, The Projects, and What We ‘Deserve’

By | September 8th, 2015|Health and Health Care, Social Construct|2 Comments

A community struggles to feed itself healthily, and the public blames them for it. I think it's more complicated than that. Here's why.

17 02, 2015

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

By | 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

On the Day @Reebok Ditched Rick Ross for Being a Scumbag

By | January 27th, 2015|Celeb Watch, Social Construct|4 Comments

In this post, I dance on the grave of Rick Ross' dead endorsement deal.

27 01, 2015

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

By | 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"

27 01, 2015

The Choice Between Food As Culture and Food As Medicine

By | January 27th, 2015|Social Construct|6 Comments

Do we HAVE to choose between the two? We can't have both?

15 01, 2015

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

By | 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..."

12 12, 2014

Death to “The Strong Black Woman”

By | December 12th, 2014|Social Construct|38 Comments

That's right. I said it. Death to her. We can host her funeral right here. I'll chip in for some orchids.

26 11, 2014

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

By | 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 | November 3rd, 2014|Body Image, Social Construct|27 Comments

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

31 10, 2014

Can Your Mate Make Comments About Your Weight?

By | October 31st, 2014|Social Construct|15 Comments

How much does your mate's language affect your body image?

31 10, 2014

A Few Words on Street Harassment and the Outdoor Exerciser

By | October 31st, 2014|Running, Social Construct|6 Comments

A few thoughts on Hollaback's street harassment video, and the experiences of active women outdoors.

16 09, 2014

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

By | 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 | September 16th, 2014|Body Image, Health and Health Care, Social Construct|18 Comments

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

31 08, 2014

“Working Out Is For White People”

By | August 31st, 2014|Social Construct|72 Comments

Apparently, "healthy eating and exercise" is a "whites only affair."

17 07, 2014

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

By | July 17th, 2014|Running, Social Construct|28 Comments

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

3 07, 2014

Marriages More Satisfying When Wife Is Thinner Than Hubby?

By | July 3rd, 2014|Social Construct|22 Comments

Marriages are more satisfying for both partners when wives are thinner than their husbands, according to a new study.

10 06, 2014

Sound Off: Have You Ever Been ‘Fit-Shamed?’

By | June 10th, 2014|Social Construct|9 Comments

"Doesn't that make you fat?" "Don't you worry about that going straight to your thighs?" Girl, BYE.