Feminism | Posted by Alexa S on 04/27/2011

On Being Pretty

what do you wish for?

what do you wish for?

I am not pretty.

Now, the typical response to this is, “Yes, you are!” Even if the people in question have never even met in person. Because maybe this person seems pretty, in the sound of her voice or the style of her writing. Maybe this consoler is one of those people who truly believes that everyone is beautiful. That is a lovely, wonderful ideology that I too subscribe too. Every person is beautiful. But not every person is pretty.

I certainly am not.

Pretty can be hard to define; or, at least harder to define than those words considered its synonyms. And its only companion that carries nearly as much weight is “thin.” I have many friends who do not believe that they are …

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

Finding What’s Right for You

A Size 14 (statistically average) model

A Size 14 (statistically average) model

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 …

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