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Fit is a Feminist Issue, Link Round Up #79

This is where we share stuff we can’t share on our Facebook page for fear of being kicked out! Read why here. Usually the posts are about body image, sometimes there’s nudity but we’re all adults here. Right?

NSFW-Feminist Ex Mormon Brings Floral Vagina Paintings to Utah

Vulvas emblazoned with cherry blossoms, roses, butterflies, and irises take their place as wonders of the natural world in Salt Lake City artist Jacqueline Secor‘s expressive mixed-media paintings. Her statement is political, as far as womens’ bodies are battlegrounds, and the series has earned both praise and controversy in her local community.

Secor explains the context of The Diversity of Nature with a manifesto: “Women’s bodies have been blamed for inciting sexual violence that is enacted against them. Breastfeeding has been deemed ‘indecent.’ Birth control has been regulated by politicians that have never menstruated. Laws, religious texts, and social norms attempt to regulate women’s bodies. From the time a little girl is told she’s cute, to the first time that she’s called ‘sexy,’ the message is the same… her worth comes from her appearance. There is nothing wrong with celebrating feminine beauty, but it’s problematic when beauty is the only feminine value worth celebrating.”

Why Men Have More Body Image Issues Than Ever

Superheroes today are a lot more shredded than they used to be. The original Superman and Batman look almost willowy compared to our muscle-bursting modern-day versions.

That’s no coincidence. America is in the midst of a cultural shift in terms of the ideal male body image, and as the ideal man grows more muscular, men stuck in the real world with real bodies are growing less satisfied with theirs—with potentially dangerous medical consequences.

Body Image Concerns Linked to Alcohol Use in Teen Girls

Adolescent girls with a distorted body image are more likely to consume alcohol, according to a study published in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs. Teen girls who try to alter their weight when there is no medical need to do so, the study found, are also more likely to engage in heavy drinking—defined as five or more drinks in a few hours.

Body image issues are often rampant among teen and preteen girls. A 2012 report by the Keep It Real campaign found 80% of 10-year-olds have been on a diet. The 2013 Girls’ Attitude Survey found more than half of girls age 14 and older are dissatisfied with their appearance.

You Should Be Getting Naked Around Strangers As Much As Possible, Science Says

Stripping off your clothes in front of someone, whether in the confines of a locker room or your very own bedroom, can be extremely terrifying. But as it turns out, getting naked around strangers may actually make you feel better about your body. According to, a circle of researchers from Goldsmiths, University of London took a deep dive into the nudist lifestyle and found that taking a page from their book could be beneficial to your body image and overall happiness.

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