(Getty Images/Jose Juan Garcia) “It's not my responsibility to be beautiful. I'm not alive for that purpose. My existence is not about how desirable you find me.” ~ Warsan Shire Like many other people I've put on quite a bit of weight since I started taking mirtazapine again. Unlike, seemingly, any other people I don't particularly care.… Continue reading Because A Pretty Corpse Is No Use To Anyone
Category: Body Image
Nail Art – Just What The Doctor Ordered
"No one likes getting their nails done more than I do." ~ Serena Williams I got my nails done. As my doctor prescribed. In April last year I began having appointments with my doctor at least once a week. After the mental health crisis team became involved in my treatment she wasn't willing to prescribe… Continue reading Nail Art – Just What The Doctor Ordered
Fat Is A PTSD Issue
"If you are young and you drink a great deal it will spoil your health, slow your mind, make you fat - in other words, turn you into an adult." ~ P. J. O'Rourke So, I think I've mentioned a few times that the combination of taking mirtazapine and not going out much have caused me… Continue reading Fat Is A PTSD Issue
How to Trim Your Waistline AND Your Carbon Footprint, Without Even Thinking About It
"We kindly remind you that calories are for eating not counting." ~ from the bottom of a restaurant menu in Oslo. Dieting doesn't work. The entire existence of the dieting industry is a testament to that. Take Weight Watchers for example. Weight Watchers has built a multi-million dollar business on the understanding that while you… Continue reading How to Trim Your Waistline AND Your Carbon Footprint, Without Even Thinking About It
It Is, As It Ever Was
“I was so skinny, they gave me the nickname stechetto - the stick. I was tall, thin, ugly and dark like an Arab girl. I looked strange. All eyes. No flesh on my bones.” ~ Sophia Loren One thing I have been doing a lot of lately is watching old movies. To take my mind… Continue reading It Is, As It Ever Was
Size Is Just A Number
"Everything you see, I owe to spaghetti." ~ Sophia Loren So I've been reading some of the publicity around Robyn Lawley (above) becoming the first 'plus size' face of Ralph Lauren. Plus size of course meaning bigger than sample size, not necessarily big. This in turn got me to thinking about the many conversations about… Continue reading Size Is Just A Number
The Fairest Of Them All
I see Samantha Brick, who created an internet sensation back in April when she wrote an article for MailOnline in which she claimed that all other women hate her for being beautiful, or some such rubbish, is back to troll us all a second time. This time she's interviewed five other women, who contacted her… Continue reading The Fairest Of Them All
And your heels so high that you can’t even have a good time…
I find myself getting disproportionately annoyed whenever I see groups of middle-aged women tottering around town like teenagers, wearing high heeled shoes that they can't walk in properly. Surely by their age they should have either: a) learned to walk in heels, or b) accepted that they can't walk in heels and decided that they… Continue reading And your heels so high that you can’t even have a good time…
What is the problem to which banishing these images would be the solution?
In the last week a few people in my Facebook and Twitter feeds have posted about encouraging the fashion and advertising industries not to use underweight models. They think that normal looking women should be employed instead to promote positive body image. This is nothing new of course, people have been criticising the fashion industry… Continue reading What is the problem to which banishing these images would be the solution?
A Useless Object?
Why do so many people own bathroom scales? What is the point of them? I mean, I know they tell you how much you weigh, but why do you need to know to the nearest kilogram? Competitive fighters need to know, and jockeys. They have to weigh in before they can do their thing. But… Continue reading A Useless Object?