Not long ago, I realised that I am, in fact, not straight, but queer. I have never used that term to identify myself with, as I have always believed myself not to be "queer enough" to describe my sexuality in that way. I have always had an attraction towards women, but haven't previously really thought … Continue reading Heteroromantic Bisexuals: Not Just A Phase
(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
We hear it everywhere: in order to be healthy, you need to eat a balanced diet. But what does that really mean? I’m scrolling through Google images right now trying to find an appropriate picture to go with this article, and at least half of the images only show “healthy” foods. You know what I … Continue reading A Balanced Diet: What Do Those Words Really Mean?
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
Eating disorders are complex illnesses. They are a mental illness that often result in the deterioration of physical health, and there is not one recovery method that has a high success rate as of yet. They have a complicated entanglement of genetic and environmental causation that is entirely individual to each person. There are many … Continue reading Hidden Behind A Healthy Weight: The Eating Disorders You Can’t See
Health at Every Size and the Fat Acceptance Movement started as small, barely recognised movements. Due to the hard work of those involved and the (very) gradual shift in views around weight, shape, and size, these movements are now beginning to get the acknowledgement and publicity that they deserve. The more exposure these movements get, … Continue reading Health At Every Size and Big Is Beautiful/Fat Acceptance: What These Movements Stand For and Why They Are Important