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Behind the Screen Although I cannot fully blame social media for my eating disorder, it was the main culprit. I remember first creating my Tumblr account—a girl with a passion for sharing her photography— just trying to get my name out there. Instead of focusing on my interests though, I...
Who are you? Hi, I'm a size 12. Well, sometimes an 11, 13, 14, large or extra large. When I find a shirt at the store I automatically scan to the back of the selections looking for a baggy shirt. One to fit my larger chested frame that necessarily doesn't...
Culture, Art, and the Future of the Human Race What contains our beauty? Is it our hearts, our minds, the depths of our souls? Or does it merely consist of the face, the hair, the flesh? In the western world, we define so much by sight. If we cannot see...
Time Travel Could you imagine yourself sitting in the dining room, sipping a black liquid concoction of tea mixed with iron fillings and pungent, aromatic herbs? This was, for centuries past, a reality for young ladies in Japan practicing ohaguro, or dying the teeth black. Or maybe think about donning...
I gotta confess: for the longest time, I thought I was ugly. Whenever this comes up in late-night or girl-night conversations, the response is always a drawn out "Whaaat?" and then with furrowed brows, "Why?" UNCONSCIOUSLY INDOCTRINATED The answer to that question is simple. Growing up, I never saw anyone on TV,...
Dear Young Girl, Beauty is not classified by the color of your skin, the sharpness of your nose, or by the crook of your lips. Beauty is not defined by the weight of your body, the thickness of your butt, or the shape of your hips. I know it's hard for...
As a child looks to the adults around them to learn, they are taught at a young age to not judge a book by its cover. It is engraved in our minds that everyone is beautiful, an outward appearance can only mean so much. As we begin to grow...
An Anecdote She walks into a cold, ill-lit room – naked, raw. She’s a little nervous because she hasn’t posted a picture in a while. “Butt... 36 inches... 46 likes... NEXT!” she hears as she walks towards a dark figure with cold hands and a long tape measure. Her hands...
Realizing Girls Have Different Standards When I was a little girl, my second-grade teacher asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I was so excited to answer her with, “A rocket scientist!” She shook her head and told me that girls could not be scientists because...
There are five specific things that feminism means to me which encompass the following: G irl power. Girl power means knowing that what I have to offer the world as a woman is significant and meaningful. Girl power is empowering, enabling me to be all that I can be in order...

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