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On Building a Better Body (Tina Planta)

For as long as I can remember, the media has been selling a perspective to me. The perspective the media sells says I’m flawed. I need to look better. I need to be thinner. I need to hide my imperfections. I need to pretend they don’t exist. I need to pretend I’m something else: maybe […]

A Struggle Every Day (Heather)

Tubby. Fatty. Butterball. Elephant. Fatass. Jelly rolls. These are the names I’ve been taunted with. These are the titles I associated myself with rather than smart, funny, good friend, good listener, kind, and supportive. I was miserable. I felt undesirable as a friend, a girlfriend, and a future wife. Why would anyone want a fat […]

Every Scar (Anonymous)

I suppose I must look pretty happy on the outside, I mean, that is what I’m going for. I smile and laugh and joke way too much, hoping that no one will see through it. At nineteen, I’m young, but I’ve been through a lot. I’ve struggled for years with body image and to this […]

She Thinks I am Beautiful (Holly)

I’ve posted on SOAM before about my body and how birthing my daughter had affected my self esteem and body image. I’d like to write a little bit about some realizations I have had since then about my health issues and how I feel as a woman. I have been ‘sick’ for most of my […]

I Am Who I Am (Shanen)

30 years old Growing up I was overweight but had very muscular legs.  I remember weighing 180lbs at 5ft 4in in 9th grade.  I was ok with my body but sometimes wished i weighed less.  I made myself a promise that i would not have sex until i felt good about my body.  I didnt […]

155 Pounds and Counting… (Momma Bird)

Here I go, I’m jumping in. I’m a tad nervous. This is me. 31 years living full & happy. Losing someone very dear. Gaining 2 beautiful kids. Stressed over money and medical woes. This is me. Not quite accepting myself… Yet enjoying life. My body will never be my friend. Not exactly a temple either… […]

No Longer Anonymous (Terressa)

I posted on SOAM about two months ago. A lot has changed since my last post, and when I heard SOAM had a sister website I had to post an entry! Again I’d like to thank all of the women on SOAM and TIAW, you’ve all made me realize that no one should ever be […]

Note to Self (Lolo)

I created a blog months ago, with the intention of writing in letter form and beginning with a letter to myself, but I found it really hard to open up and get started, but the creation of This is a Woman and a few other things have inspired me. Here’s what I came up with. […]

This is Me (Bryana)

Age: 23 When I was 17, I thought I was a woman. I had the breasts, the curves, the “maturity”. Then I fell pregnant. I thought my body would fall apart. I wanted my “woman’s” body forever. But now, I look at myself with pride, I am now a woman. My husband Loves my body. […]

It has been a rough road, but I’m not ashamed of it. (L)

I don’t remember exactly what age or when I developed negative body issues. I almost feels as if I have had those issues all of my life… but if I were to be completely honest, I know that’s not true. I remember when I started to develop in middle school I would wear two pairs […]

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