Dying to Be Thin

The merits of dieting are, we are coming to understand, significantly overrated. Studies indicate that caloric controls are unlikely to result in permanent weight loss, that the body has a set point which it will cling to unless you are willing to go to substantial lengths to force it. Those lengths may include permanent calorie […]

Bikini This

Now that it’s officially June, the onslaught of bikini-related advertising campaigns can commence in force, not like that stopped anyone earlier. Indeed, as far back as January I was encountering reminders about the looming summer months and the necessity to get ready for Memorial Day, the unofficial start of summer. No one wants to look […]

The Naked Story

Perhaps it is a relic of growing up in Northern California, compounded by asexuality: I really don’t get the big fuss about unclothed bodies, no matter their shape, size, or ability status. This is one of those cultural differences I struggle to wrap my head around and often fail at, because it’s so alien to […]

Beyond the Binary: How Shall I Describe My Body?

My body. It’s short (by the standards of people in the United States), it is fat with interesting folds and rolls, it is covered in skin which is light in colour and splotched with freckles and which occasionally turns red or darkens from Wonderbread to, perhaps, very pale rye. It’s got two arms, two legs, […]

Tattooed Women: Not Actually What You Think They Are

I’ve noticed an uptick lately when it comes to stereotyping tattooed women, and at first I couldn’t figure it out where it came from. Then I realised that the latest celebrity scandal revolves around, you guessed it, a tattooed woman. In addition to feeding our prurient need to pick celebrities apart for entertainment, this has […]