(Trigger warning for descriptions of sexual assault and rape.) As a teenager, I was raped by one of my closest male friends. It was a different kind of rape to the one you're expecting to hear about. It may be a form of sexual assault/rape that you never knew existed. Because until recently, I didn't … Continue reading When Your Friends are Friends with Your Rapist
Exercise: it is a prominent part of our lives. It is a prominent thing on our minds. It is something that those with eating disorders use and abuse to lose weight, change their bodies, and deal with negative thoughts and feelings in a negative and unhealthy way, but it is also something that has become … Continue reading Exercise: Is it Part of Your Healthy Lifestyle, or Are You Waging War on Your Body?
I am a 26-year-old woman who wears a size 10/12/14 (this is being a woman isn't it?! What size am I? Who knows...) on top, and a size 14/16 in bottoms. I am classed as obese. And I am sick of hearing my body being talked about negatively in the media. I am sick of … Continue reading The Anti-Obesity Rhetoric Is Not Helping Anyone And We Need To Start Seeing That
“I’m being naughty today”, the woman in front of me paying for her coffee and brownie says to the cashier. I grit my teeth and bite my tongue. I want to tell her that the word “naughty” does not apply to food. I wanted to tell her that being naughty is doing something wrong, and … Continue reading Food is Not a Moral Issue
Most of us have grown up in countries preoccupied with weight. We have grown up being told that it is down to us what size we end up at, that we have control over what weight we are, and that it’s about having willpower and making the “right” choices about what we put in our mouths. … Continue reading Why Your Weight is Not as Within Your Control as You’d Like to Think and Why That is Something that You Don’t Want to Hear
I was conversing with my boyfriend last night when a joke was made about sleeping with men for money. The topic quickly became a debate about sex workers and whether feminism should support it or not. My boyfriend was saying that using your sexuality to get money is not feminist, nor is selling yourself as … Continue reading Why Your Feminism Should Support Sex Workers
On Sunday I read the news that obese NHS patients will not get non-urgent surgery until they lose weight. It made me want to cry. I’m a recovered anorexic who is very active and eats a varied and balanced diet and because of that I am both fit and healthy. I also happen to fall into … Continue reading So Now We Have to Lose Weight to Get Surgery