Acknowledging toxic diet culture in the dance world

I am not, in any way, shape or form, a dancer. I’m the furthest thing from it, really, with the irony of the situation being that my mom was a ballerina in her younger days and she tried to encourage both my sister and me to delve into it. To put things into perspective, my … More Acknowledging toxic diet culture in the dance world

Why are we encouraging body image issues via media?

Every now and then, I’ll check the Apple News app on my iPhone. I will be fully transparent and admit I don’t often check the news, mainly because for so long the only topic being covered was COVID-19, and also because it’s rather fucking depressing. But, because I feel a moral obligation to stay up-to-date … More Why are we encouraging body image issues via media?

Why do we continue to ignore male self-esteem issues?

It is arguable that when most of us hear the phrases ‘body image’ or ‘self-esteem’, our minds typically wander in the direction of fathoming women, or a woman. We associate issues with confidence and how we perceive our bodies predominately with the female sex because we have been socially conditioned to affiliate these problems with … More Why do we continue to ignore male self-esteem issues?

Read this to learn how to boost your confidence

Confidence, in my own humble opinion, is one of those things that people either have, or don’t. There really isn’t much middle ground in the equation of confidence; it’s either there, or it isn’t. I don’t really know how someone could be half-confident. It’s one or the other. For some folks, confidence comes quite naturally, … More Read this to learn how to boost your confidence

America’s Next Top Model: a toxic portrayal

When I was younger, I was absolutely obsessed with the television series known as America’s Next Top Model (ANTM), created by the highly celebrated and recognized model Tyra Banks. By younger, I’m guesstimating I began watching this show when I was about 12 or so, which are important developmental years. I couldn’t get enough of … More America’s Next Top Model: a toxic portrayal

Overweight people and the healthcare system: an injustice

The healthcare system is something many of us tremendously depend upon. We see doctors when we’re unwell, or unsure about a condition or a diagnosis, and we put significant faith in physicians when it comes to our overall wellbeing. Unfortunately, the same experience cannot be said for many overweight people, based on several conversations I’ve … More Overweight people and the healthcare system: an injustice

Stop comparing and start celebrating

Social media, as wonderful as it can be, can simultaneously be destructive towards those who make use of it. And by destructive, I’m referring to the inevitable occurrence of comparison that comes with social media. It’s extremely difficult to avoid comparing ourselves to others when we’re scrolling through our social media timelines. We compare ourselves … More Stop comparing and start celebrating

Body positivity: progressive or dangerous?

Body positivity is, in my opinion, perceived in one of two ways; a positive movement involving confidence and acceptance of oneself, or a negative message that perpetuates the ideology that being overweight and unhealthy is okay and praised. I was chatting with my sister about the two sides of the concept. My sister, who happens … More Body positivity: progressive or dangerous?

Social media impacts how we see our bodies, but not in a good way

The relationship between social media and body image is one I have revisited on several occasions, on here, on a project I did for university, and for one I completed in college. Despite my frequency in dabbling with this topic, it continues to spark conversation. And not in a good way. An article from York … More Social media impacts how we see our bodies, but not in a good way

The Selfie

Ahhhhh, the selfie. The simple act of taking a picture of oneself, usually taken with the intention of posting the photo on a social media website to display to others. With websites like Instagram and Facebook gaining popularity among internet users, selfies have become a mandatory aspect of self-representation in the world of social media. … More The Selfie