Media Influences

In Defense of Curvy: Why We Need to Respect the Individuality of Body Identities

By Devyn Parsons--Blogger Georgina Jones recently wrote an article for Bustle entitled “Why we need to eliminate the word ‘curvy’ from the plus size vocabulary.”

What Makes a Social Media Movement Body-Positive?

By Kimberly Neil--When companies are critiqued for a lack of diversity in their advertisements, or when individuals participate in body shaming, the Internet is almost always the metaphorical spark that starts the fire of outrage.

Dear Fat People: When Bigotry Masquerades as Comedy

By Angela Hui--Earlier this September, Canadian actress and comedian Nicole Arbour released a six-minute fat-shaming rant on YouTube that has, understandably, elicited a great deal of controversy.

When Fat Equals Funny: On the Dehumanization of Fat Women in Media

By Angela Hui--This August, global conglomerate Unicharm released this advertisement to promote its Australian menstrual product brand, Sofy BeFresh.

But First, Let Me Edit My Selfie

By Bailey Anderson--For me, one of the hardest parts of recovery was reappearing after treatment, in public and online, as a healthier me. Since being weight recovered, I have spent an excessive amount of time policing my online profiles, maintaining control over who takes my photo, and only selectively allowing them to appear on social media.

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