Archive of ‘Body Image’ category

The Body Public, Part V

I don’t look like Actress McSuperstar. I never have, and it used to break my heart.  I have wept many, many times over the course of my life because of the state of my body.  I wanted a flat stomach so badly.  I wanted smaller boobs and a perky butt.  But neither my body, with its […] Read more…

The Body Public, Part IV

Overheard by Sweets I’m at the mall, and a pair of women are talking casually about other shoppers: “yikes, she really should not be wearing that, bless her heart.”  “Not with those hips, she should know better.”  “She does not have good cleavage, she should cover that up.”  “Those shoes are cute, but you know, […] Read more…

The Body Public, Part III

At my high school, one of the senior perks was that we could park our cars in a special reserved lot close to the school (the better to stumble into chapel just barely on time in the mornings). One day during a free period, one of my classmates came into the senior lounge looking upset. […] Read more…

The Body Public, Part II

What’s the line between a compliment and an unwelcome invasion of privacy? *     *     *     *     * I got catcalled for the first time when I was 9 or 10 years old. Some childhood memories are vague for me, and when they suddenly spring to mind it’s nostalgic and sweet and nice.  The smell of […] Read more…

The Body Public, Part I

Hey y’all. I want to veer away from the frills and the food to talk a little about the bodies wearing said frills. I have lots of thoughts (shocker), so I’m breaking it up into parts. I’m primarily going to cite personal experiences as examples. In many cases, I am very, very fortunate that these […] Read more…

Victoria’s Secret: A Rant

In middle and high school, I attended an all-girls Episcopal school. It was very small, everyone knew everyone, and at some point you were going to have had a sleepover with almost everyone else. Not at once, obviously, no one lived in a castle, but still. We got around. God, that still sounds wrong. Writing: […] Read more…

She walks in beauty

One of the reasons I am venturing onto the internet under a nom-de-plume is because my father has learned how to use Google. So there is a chance that if Dad googled me one day, he would find out that not only do I talk in detail about my underwear on the internet, but I […] Read more…

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