#thecumulativeeffectWordy Rappinghood

4 comments | January 25th, 2011

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My 4 year-old was describing her teachers to my mother the other day.  She said one was "skinny" and the other was "fat." As i was jumping up to tell her not to call anyone "fat", I realized she wasn't being judgemental, she was just being descriptive - because one is skinny and the other is, well, fat.

There I said it, and I'm not being judgmental either.  "Fat" has become a pejorative in our broader culture.  But if you say I'm fat, and I am, why should that be different than saying I'm a redhead if i am?  I know we idolize skinny but that doesn't make fat bad, does it?  There are far worse things to be, aren't there?

I get that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Are we all being too sensitive, and just making it harder to be fat if we dont think anyone should say "fat"?




#lifestagesYou’ll Always Be Mommy’s Baby

4 comments | January 22nd, 2011

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"You start to grow up and they want to keep you little forever." - Michael Jackson

Did your parents help you to grow up, or try to keep you little forever?  (Note: At least one of us here at OOC has parents who still believe she's 12...you feel us?)


#lifestagesSomething To Aspire To?

2 comments | January 21st, 2011

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"I hope she'll be a fool -- that's the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool."

- F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

Yikes.  That F. Scott, he sure had a way with words.  What do you think is the "best thing a girl can be"?  What did you grow up thinking you could be? Still want to be?

#lifestagesMiley, Half-Dressed & In A Cage

1 response | January 19th, 2011

#bodiesItty Bitty…Committee

4 comments | January 19th, 2011

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"We must, we must, we must increase our bust.  The bigger the better, the tighter the sweater.”

- Margaret


What was your "must" back then? What's your "must" today?


2 comments | January 17th, 2011

#chestismsLearned via Louboutin

2 comments | January 16th, 2011

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“Later that day I got to thinking about relationships. There are those that open you up to something new and exotic, those that are old and familiar...

those that bring up lots of questions, those that bring you somewhere unexpected, those that bring you far from where you started, and those that bring you back. But the most exciting, challenging and significant relationship of all is the one you have with yourself. And if you can find someone to love the you you love, well, that’s just fabulous.”

- Carrie(Bradshaw

It took Carrie six seasons (and a lot of expensive shoes) to get to this place of self-acceptance and love.  How's your relationship with you?

#bodiesThank You, Mom

1 response | January 16th, 2011

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I'm loving the idea of "Off Our Chests" body image week! As a result, I have started to think a lot about it, and I have never been one to dwell on my body. I have always eaten fairly healthy and worked out occasionally - not religiously by any means. It makes me feel good to attend yoga classes, go on the occasional hike, pilates, dance etc. I am not huge on the gym but I find other ways to stay active. I have been lucky in the sense that my body is not something I think about that often. And because of this I started wondering, why is it that I have felt so comfortable in my body? 

Don't get me wrong, I have my insecurities--my boobs are too small, my butt's too big - but I've always felt that I think about my body a lot less than other people, and I've started to wonder...why is that?

I have been browsing websites looking for more info about body image and found a survey about it, the results from which ...

#bodiesCeleb Surgery Soundoff

2 comments | January 15th, 2011

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“Breast implants gross me out. I don’t think they’re attractive at all” -Natalie Portman

"I wish I had a twin, so I could know what I'd look like without plastic surgery." -Joan Rivers

"I"m not afraid of plastic surgery, and I'm not against it...I feel like everyone should make a choice and, you know, if they want to do, that's fine." -Tyra Banks

"I'd like to grow old with my face moving." -Kate Winslet

"I'm totally not against plastic surgery. I've tried Botox before. That's the only thing that I've done." -Kim Kardashian 

"I'll never have surgery again." -Heidi Montag


#bodiesBecause Men Are Born Perfect…?

2 comments | January 15th, 2011

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"91% of all cosmetic procedures are undergone by women."

- American Society of Plastic Surgeons, for year 2009

It's pretty clear who's under more pressure to enhance & maintain, no?  Have you felt pressure (not desire, but pressure) to alter your appearance?  When and why?

#bodiesIs Today a B.H.D.?

2 comments | January 14th, 2011


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- "44% of women say their mood has been affected by a bad hair day. 26% have cried after getting a haircut, and a third have regretted a style change."

- "If I want to knock a story off the front page, I just change my hairstyle."- Hillary (Clinton)






Bad Hair Day Can Hit Women's Self Esteem, Wallet, USA Today

What's with all this to-do about our 'do's? 

#chestismsYou’ll Know You’ve Arrived, When…

1 response | January 14th, 2011

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"I think all women go through periods where we hate this about ourselves, don't like that.  It's great to get to a place where you dismiss anything you're worried about.  I find flaws attractive.  I find scars attractive." 

- Angelina (Jolie)

We like scars and flaws, too, but usually only in/on other people.  Why are we so hard on ourselves?  Let's get to Angie's place.  Name your favorite 'flaws'.

#bodiesSelf-Esteem, $2.99

1 response | January 14th, 2011

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Actually, your feel-good should be free, but we think you'll think this is a good idea for those days when nothing else works (Thanks, Glamour!)


- 8 New Ways to Boost Your Body Image, Glamour Magazine


#bodiesI Look Happy, But I’m Not Happy About It

1 response | January 14th, 2011

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I just discovered a picture of me from last Christmas on facebook on Saturday night.

I look... huge. Not so much my body - that was no shock: I know I'm soft and squooshy and have bingo wings - it was my face. It looked like a dinner plate: round and fat with quite the double chin and slitty, squinty little piggy eyes that disappear into the cheek-mountains caused by my smile (it's the first time I've ever seen a resemblance between myself and my mother's (overweight) side of

#bodiesTV Is Bad

comment | January 14th, 2011

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"Among girls, those exposed to television were 60% more likely to display abnormal eating habits than those without such exposure."

- How Social Networks Spread Eating Disorders, Time Health   Do something for us.  Next time you're watching TV, make a mental checklist of how many images included women you think are 'prettier', 'skinnier', 'sexier', 'whatever-ier' than you.  Wow, no wonder Mom was always trying to get us out from in front of 'the boob tube.'