Body Shame


On Modesty and Abstinence 4

Sunday morning. Coffee and sunshine and chatter. I tell┬ámy dearest about my friend, whose daughter was sent home from school for a dress code infraction. Her crime? Yoga pants. My indignation grows as I speak. How can they justify sending a kid home for yoga pants? First of all, that’s […]


You Find Me Offensive? 3

In A Thousand Splendid Suns, Khaled Hosseini begins with a sort of lushly sentimental tale that is just enough tinged around the edges that I am not completely surprised when the idyllic woodsy house where Mariam is raised gives way to war-torn homes in Kabul, Afghanistan. I wasn’t totally surprised […]


Most Likely to Succeed by Anonymous 6

How much can a woman overcome? Triggers today include eating disorders, suicide and depression. I am left wondering if and how the promise of anonymity allows for honesty. Thoughts? Be kind in the comments, as if I need to remind you. Milestones of grief marked my struggles since passing time […]


Brandi Chastain, Perfection and Modesty 6

I’ve been thinking a lot about Brandi Chastain lately. Remember her? She’s the rock star soccer player in that photo up there. She is celebrating the US Women’s victory over China in the World Cup in 1999. Her spontaneous and glorious and very fun celebration earned her both accolades and […]


What We Talk About When We Talk About Weight 21

Sophomore year in high school, I ate a Suzy Q and a Diet Coke for lunch nearly every day. Then my mother and I started going to Weight Watchers, where I learned to pack a lunch and drink sugarless drinks, like boring iced tea, which everyone knows is an Old […]