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Sunday Link Love: A Prom Season Pep Talk, the Dangers of ‘Benevolent’ Sexism + More!

By Diana Denza—The only thing I remember about my prom is how painful my strappy stilettos were. To be frank, they were plastic, crystal butterfly-adorned contraptions from Hades. But luckily for all of you, times have changed and body positivity is totally on-trend this prom season (and hopefully forever). Take a look at prom night tips and this week’s other top stories below!    

Stressing about your big prom night? Repeat after us: “How your body looks isn't really the point of prom. It's not really the point of most things.”

Remember: Benevolent sexism is still sexism.

Here are nine key points you need to know about dating someone who uses a wheelchair. We especially love #9: “Love is love and a person is a person, no matter the piece of equipment they lug around.”

Read about how one girl challenged a sexist dress code poster plastered in the library at her school, which compared young women to meat.

Will you be in the Boston, MA area on Saturday, June 25? Our friends at Body Boop are hosting a half-day workshop on body image. Check out the deets here.

And last but not least, “No type of bigotry should remain socially acceptable, no group or type of people should be sanctioned targets for prejudice. Ever. The end.” 

About the blogger: Diana Denza is NEDA’s youth outreach coordinator.

Image: Sean McGrath/Flickr

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