All posts tagged: body image

Looking good with your clothes off is one of the biggest drivers for weight loss and these six women have decided to strip to celebrate shifting the pounds

Six women strip naked to show off their new bodies after weight loss Three quarters of women dislike their body and one in five say they never look at themselves naked. And if we are honest we all admit to feel a little less than confident with our bodies in front of complete strangers. But for six women fear is in the past after they banished their hang-ups and let it all hang out for a weight loss version of the Full Monty. To celebrate the launch of WeightWatchers magazine’s first ever Naked Issue, six brave members posed nude to celebrate their new-found body confidence. Here are their stories their reason behind their battles: read more – Source:  The Mirror

heidi stevens: naked trump statues are beneath us

We don’t get to be the movement that preaches inclusiveness — particularly around gender — if we embrace this type of mockery. We can’t, in good conscience, advocate for civil rights protections for transgender folks — to safely use public restrooms, for example — if we point and laugh at reproductive organs. We can’t push for women to fill more offices — political and glass — and then indicate that lacking testicles is a liability. “Nothing is being said by the piece that is difficult for one in the current political climate to say — that Trump is a joke, or that fat people must be shamed, or that male bodies that don’t conform to masculine notions of genitalia deserve scorn,” Meghna Sridhar writes in a Feministing essay. “Indeed, the real naked emperors seem to be the installation’s smug audience instead, parading around in seeming robes of progressive politics, which actually, upon closer inspection, are their own naked delusions of open-minded, non-oppressive grandeur.” More simply, she asks: “Are we really turning the tables on the …

weight loss service is tapping into the body positivity movement in its September magazine

Weight Watchers to release Naked Issue after survey finds majority of women dislike their bodies many as three quarters of women dislike their bodies, according to a new survey coinciding with the release of Weight Watchers magazine’s first “Naked Issue”. Some 60 per cent of women and a third of adult men in the UK revealed that they avoid looking in the mirror when they undress, while a fifth said they did not look at their naked body at all, the poll showed.  The research also revealed how shame is impacting relationships, as some 27 per cent of women said they had sex with the lights off or avoided the act entirely because they lacked body confidence. In addition, 38 per cent of those surveyed said they believed that their partner would not find them as attractive if they saw them in the nude.  read more -Source: The Independent

Sonia O’Bree shares nude maternity photo shoot to support women

With Instagram flooded with pictures of fit mums and tiny baby bumps each day, it comes as no surprise that women are feeling more pressure than ever to have a ‘flawless’ body. But Sonia O’Bree, from Kempsey, New South Wales, hopes to show women that all body shapes are beautiful and encourage people to ignore the pressure to look a particular way – pregnant or not. To prove her point, the 32-year-old shared a number of photos of herself at 34 weeks from a nude maternity shoot she had with Michelle Hamze Photography. ‘I hope my photos will encourage more women to feel positive and beautiful in their mummy curves… even if they are not mummy curves, find comfort and beauty within yourselves,’ she continued. ‘We are, each of us different from the rest. Each of us unique and beautiful. This life is so short, and oh so precious, embrace all that you are, slim or curvy, tall or short. Read full story: Daily Mail UK

Reality check

The reality of ‘the nudist’. I think that most people who do their best to promote nudism or naturism should consider what they are doing. Don’t get me wrong. They probably think they’re doing something good, for which I applaud them, but is this what you’d expect to be a typical nudist? A fit girl on a bike? I’ve been a naturist for quite a while and I still have to encounter one of those. Maybe I live in the wrong place although the Netherlands is a country where bicycles are very prominent. We are the real thing. And with the real thing I mean ordinary people who don’t all look slim and fit. Who have some excess skin-filling, scars, and in general less than perfect bodies. (Present readers excluded of course. 😉 ) This is more likely. Normal people, like you can encounter at a World Naked Bike Ride. Good humoured people with their flaws, and not caring a damn about that. Posting pictures of naked people that look like anyone would present a …

mothers bare postpartum selves and stories

Seeing your naked, postpartum body for the first time can be a real come-to-Jesus moment. I know it was for me. Staring at my fleshy tummy in the brutally unforgiving lights of the hospital bathroom, I remember thinking, “I can’t wait to look like I used to.” Before pregnancy. Before birth. It’s easy to get caught up in these types of musings, given how as new moms, we are inundated with images of seemingly perfect celebrities who practically sprint out of the labor and delivery ward in skintight spandex. That’s why photographer Liliana Taboas of Divine Mothering wants women to see different images of new moms, and how they really look postpartum. But the photographs featured in her new book, “I Will Always Be Your Mother,” are about more than showcasing women’s bodies after baby as a way to suggest it’s okay to look like a real person after birth. No, according to Liliana, it’s about time we shifted our focus from how a woman’s body looks postpartum, to what it just did! “I want …

body image movement film “embrace” world premier

Taryn Brumfitt, Australia-based activist and founder of the Body Image Movement, will be celebrating the world premier of the documentary Embrace at the 2016 Sydney Film Festival. “When body image activist Taryn Brumfitt posted an unconventional before-and-after photograph in 2013, it was seen by more than 100 million worldwide and sparked an international media frenzy. In her forceful debut, Brumfitt continues her crusade exploring the global issue of body loathing. She travels the world to interview an impressive range of women about their attitudes to their bodies, including: Mia Freedman, the youngest ever editor of the Australian edition of Cosmopolitan; Emmy Award-winning television presenter Ricki Lake; Adelaide researcher Professor Marika Tiggemann; UK talk show host/photographer Amanda de Cadenet; body image blogger Jes Baker (a.k.a. The Militant Baker); and motivational speaker Turia Pitt.” Sydney Film Festival “We’re on a quest to redefine and rewrite the ideals of beauty. Body Image Movement’s job is to harness and facilitate positive body image activism by encouraging women to be more accepting of who they are, to use positive language …

Aleah Chapin: “Body/Being” Art Exhibit

From Attn: Artist’s Nude Portraits Destroy Ideal Beauty Standards Excerpt from article: Chapin’s latest exhibit “Body/Being,” currently on view at Flowers Gallery in New York, navigates the boundaries of gender specificity, exploring both the male and female experience of the body. The artist was inspired by the recent transition of her cousin, Qwill, who underwent breast-removal surgery after coming out as gender-neutral. “The whole point of [my current exhibit] is to show that we are all the same in the end, no matter if we are an 84-year-old man or a 30-year-old trans individual,” said Chapin. “We all have struggles and experiences of being in a body, and if we could just focus on what we have in common instead of being afraid and judgmental of our differences, I think the world would be a much kinder place.” Because she’s drawn to portraying real individuals rather than idealized figures, Chapin’s subjects are people she knows — friends, family, and other people who have come into her life one way or another. “Essentially, I just needed …

Sketch on Why Certain Women Are Always Naked in the Gym Locker Room

A sketch by Monica Heisey for the new all-women Canadian comedy show Baroness von Sketch Source: NYMag Editor’s Thoughts: It was interesting to come across this the day after we mentioned a piece that had been done on the question of nudity, body image and younger populations. One of the questions in the clothes free community is about why younger people do not engage in social nudism, at least in the way that those who frequent resorts do. Some comments on the topic insist that younger generations just aren’t as comfortable with their own bodies, that older people are more confident. But, as other commenting parties have noted, I would say that assumption is too simplistic. I recall something Chelsea Handler recently mentioned in her piece for Harper’s Bazaar: “As the youngest of six kids, I grew up spending summers on Martha’s Vineyard and I was always topless. All the pictures are of me in jean shorts, no shirt; with my brothers playing football. I remember one day, my dad came out on the balcony and said, “She’s getting little buds, shouldn’t …

Becoming a mom gave one woman the courage to love her body — that’s when she became a naturist

Naturism is about way more than getting naked in the woods On a scorching day in August two summers ago, Andrea Alves walked naked into a park with her 5-month-old son while her husband, Peter (name changed), went to work. That was the day Alves, a 31-year-old elementary school teacher, adopted naturism as a way of life. A part of it, she says, is to be “self-confident and comfortable being naked both at home and in a naturist environment.” Alves, now a mother of two, is raising her children with the naturist philosophy while her husband shrugs and moves on. “My own husband does not participate in naturism, but he supports my choice. He wears clothes to the point where I call him a never-nude. He wears clothes, and I do not,” says Alves nonchalantly. Peter Alves, who is also a teacher, explains the situation with a metaphor: “Think of it this way: My wife and kids like going out for sushi, and I don’t eat sushi. I don’t have a problem with it, but …