body image

Words by Cristina Tartaglia

As a forced and oh, so reluctant shopper at Army & Navy boy’s ‘husky’ section, I was never mistaken for a skinny girl.

I wanted to be skinny. Every magazine I saw had multiple articles telling us how to get skinny, it must be good and what everyone wanted. There weren’t tips for getting husky, now, were there?

My childhood observation was that it was an insult to comment on someone’s weight if you thought they were too heavy, but that saying they were thin was good.

On Character, Cleavage, and Being Cool by Dana Udall-Weiner

I am not a cool mom. I can’t get into the whole good-for-you-flaunt-it-if-you’ve-got-it-mentality. I don’t think it’s such a great thing when women parade around without much clothing, particularly when the intended audience is young children. As a result of these uncool beliefs, I sometimes find myself in bed (ideologically) with religious, right-wing conservatives. The same people I warn my children about. I wake up thinking, “How the hell did I get here?”
 

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