Pop-Culture | Posted by Paulina P on 04/2/2014

Body Shaming In College Health Services Needs to Stop

“So it says on your record that you have a history with an eating disorder.”

“Yes,” I sputtered. I know it’s true, but no matter how many times the nurse practitioners read it to me at Barnard College Student Health Services, it still feels uncomfortable.

“All right, well, we have a new policy where we have to weigh you once a year. I know we weighed you in the fall, but let’s just do it again.”

For years, these numbers ruled my world. Every day I would step on the scale, and that determined my worth—which is why in my second year of recovery, I refuse to weigh myself. In the fall, a nurse read the same medical history to me. She told me the same policy, and I stepped …

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Feminism | Posted by Rachel P on 10/27/2010

Finding What’s Right for You

In the midst of all the drama about the media’s effect on the sanity and bodies of young women, it’s nice to hear that some people are doing things right. It’s even nicer when those people are my friends.

One of my best friends and I are currently on gap years, and the other day, I invited her to my house to cook lunch. Afterwards, we flopped on my sofa, holding our bellies, good-naturedly moaning about how full we were. The conversation turned a bit more serious, however, when my friend said,

“Seriously though, I have put on weight these past few months, and I don’t like it!”

“You haven’t!”

“No, I have, look at my belly! And I don’t know why you have to deny that I’ve put on …

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