Whispers from the mainstream media, pornography, friends, and locker room walls sell lies, telling us what we want to hear, convincing us of untruths. It’s like a game of Telephone, but what’s at stake is our understanding of ourselves and our relationships. And that’s a dangerous game. So here’s the truth – about penises.
Considering the way that we’ve normalized body-hatred and extreme dieting in our culture, it can be difficult to pinpoint when a diet develops into an eating disorder.
And when you consider that even the National Eating Disorder Association makes a distinction between the 50% of girls who use unhealthy weight control behaviors and the 25% of those pathological dieters that will progress to developing full-blown eating disorders, it’s no wonder people are unsure of how to recognize the difference.
So let’s take a look at five subtle differences between dieting and anorexia in hopes of shedding light on this complicated issue.
It’s National Get Yourself Tested month! Did you know that men and women under the age of 24 account for almost HALF of all STI infections? Remember to make your appointment today! www.pplm.org/appointment
Eating Disorders Awareness Week may be behind us, but that doesn’t mean there still isn’t a ton to talk about regarding the relationship between eating disorders and the media.
And although Melissa argues that the media isn’t a direct cause of eating disorders, that doesn’t mean that it can’t fuel them. So here’s a quick glimpse into one type of media that does just that: thinspiration.
This past Thursday, I was fortunate enough to be featured on Everyday Feminism’s talk radio show, discussing the nuances of communication in American culture and how that forms roadblocks to open, honest sexual communication.
The entire world convinced me over the years that my vagina was gross, dirty, and ugly. That shit stays with you. But that’s the thing about self-image and cultivating positive, awesome body-love — you have to work at it.
So if you find yourself in the position of hating your vagina or vulva or if you know a young person who might, here are some suggestions to get you started on loving it instead.