January 27, 2018

I love books. I love words. I believe in the power of information. Information liberates us from oppression. One of the most effective ways that oppressive dictators throughout history have successfully oppressed their people has been through restricting information. W...

December 12, 2017

Moms and Dads of boys, we need you. We need your courage and willingness as a parent to allow your sons the opportunity to develop their full selves. To teach your sons that being a man does not have to mean a denial of parts of themselves. That being a man does not ha...

November 22, 2017

This holiday season, as you celebrate or mourn. As you join with others or join solely with yourself, consider honoring your body with the following Bill of Body Rights.

1. You have the right to be in your body, whether it is smaller, larger, or the same size as the las...

November 22, 2017

At this time of year, we hear a lot about gratitude and positivity. Children learn

about the importance of giving thanks in school. Individuals participate in #30DaysofGratitude challenges. Families and friends join together to celebrate over food and wine and decorate...

November 12, 2017

A week ago, I had the privilege of attending the BEDA/NEDA conference in Brooklyn, NY. This was my second time attending BEDA; my first attendance was in 2013 in Washington, D.C. Both experiences were life-giving and affirming for me in both personal and professional w...

November 8, 2017

I wrote this piece 2 days before the 2016 election. I first shared it in a private facebook group and with family members but have hesitated for the past year to include it here on the Body Politics blog. Mostly because, if you are reading this as someone who didn't vo...

October 16, 2017

When your Me Too happens, know it is not your fault. Know that you didn't deserve it. Know that I will not be disappointed in you or mad at you or ashamed of you. Including if you weren't able to say "No." Even if you said "Yes" when you did...

August 10, 2017

Sometimes you've got to get upside down to see things right side up. Kind of like the process of healing your relationship with food and body. In a world that teaches that the only way for a body to be *good* is to be small and healthy (and white and heterose...

February 25, 2017

Nothing like parental miscommunication to illustrate eating disorder concepts. This morning, my partner and I couldn't figure out why our older 2 were so off kilter and emotionally dysregulated.  What I like to refer to as the exorcism-head-spinning, award-winning tant...

January 20, 2017

Shortly after my 2nd daughter was born, I was diagnosed with a case of Torticollis. My head and neck were stuck in a static position, staring straight forward. The slightest fraction of movement to the left or right would cause searing pain throughout my head and neck,...

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