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Fit is a Feminist Issue, link round up #9

This is where we share stuff we can’t share on Facebook page for fear of being kicked out! Read why here. Usually the posts are about body image. Why? Because those are the posts that usually have bare body bits in the image attached to them.

Reasons to get naked more often

Like the snow on the pristine Alpine peaks, my body too will one day melt away. My bottom will get saggy and my skin will wrinkle.

If practicing yoga has taught me anything, it’s that I am not my body and I am not my mind. Everything in this world is material, and is subject to constant change. Even sitting here now and writing this, my body is changing. My skin is a material barrier to the world around me and somehow taking my clothes off on that mountain, made me feel more at peace with nature and with myself.


Photoshopping Kim K to look realistic

Here’s a bizarre experiment in postmodernism, undertaken this morning on Buzzfeed: “If Kim Kardashian Had Realistic Waistlines.”

The post, in which Buzzfeed staffer Loryn Brantz Photoshops Paper magazine’s already-infamous Kim Kardashian covers to give Kardashian a “realistic” waistline, appears to be a play on Brantz’s popular post from last week “If Disney Princesses Had Realistic Waistlines” (2.8 million pageviews and counting).

But there is an important difference between Kim Kardashian and Disney princesses. That difference is: Kim Kardashian is a real person and Disney princesses are drawings. One Disney princess is a mermaid who lives under the sea. Kim Kardashian is a three-dimensional human with a waist that has a real measurement in real life.

Why Body Image Needs Regulation

Our obsession with women’s weight and attractiveness manifests in different ways in the media, including being sold images that are far removed from reality and often impossible to achieve, or focusing on women’s looks rather then their achievements.

Thirty photos of unretouched butts

Here at R29, we support and cherish all butts — from the au courant round booty to the pancake-ier shape that has fallen by the cultural wayside. From cellulite, stretch marks, and age spots to the perkiest of young butts, we believe they all deserve to have an “official era.” And, that era should beall the time.

To that end, we photographed the butts of 30 women. And, we asked how they feel about their backsides — what they love, what they think is funny, and whether or not Vogue’s “radical” acceptance of bodies larger than a sample size has affected their lives. Ahead, 30 butts of all shapes and sizes, both bare and festively adorned. No photoshop.