5 Ways to Celebrate Food and Your Body This Thanksgiving

By Kira Rakova--The holiday season in the United States has had, for the past few decades, a strong focus on food, bodies, weight, and dieting. It is not uncommon to see headlines of magazines, online publications, and advertisements that warn against ‘holiday weight gain’ and provide solutions on how to ‘prepare’ for it. Many Americans continue to make weight-related New Year’s resolutions year after year, with one study finding that 38% of Americans made such resolutions in 2015.

To All Women Struggling to Find Strength Right Now

By Victoria James--What has happened this past week goes beyond winning or losing an election – Americans are struggling to find the worth, safety, and comfort we deserve in this new country we envisioned.

The No Mirror Movement: Redefining the Art of Dance

By Stephanie Padich--The No Mirror Movement (NMM) is a San Francisco-based nonprofit organization that promotes dance and wellness by encouraging others to “get out of the mirror and back into their bodies.”

Body Image Around the World: A Semester at Sea, Part 1

By Calli Zarpas--I’m going to be writing a Proud2Bme series on body image around the world as I participate in a Semester at Sea. Usually, I’d be starting the fall at Virginia Tech, but instead, I have started my school year on an 800-person cruise ship in Hamburg, Germany.

This ship is going to take me and 600 other college students, professors and crew around the world. We will be visiting Greece, Italy, Spain, Morocco, Senegal, Brazil, Trinidad and Tobago, Peru, Ecuador and Costa Rica before we finish in San Diego, California.

"Girls' Life" Perpetuates the Idea That It’s a Man’s World

By Kaitlin Irwin--The magazine industry continues attempting to undo our efforts of empowerment, motivation and encouragement for girls. This time, the culprit is Girls’ Life magazine, which angered mothers, fathers and basically anyone who believes in gender equality. Their latest issue was an astonishing step backwards and sparked such a viral discussion that celebs like Amy Schumer and Blake Lively felt compelled to call it out.


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