Category Archives: Body Image

Wondering about Wonder Woman

Nerdgasm week for pop culture geeks the world over has just come to an end. Yep, Comic Con International 2014 happened over the weekend. Having travelled to San Diego for the epic 5 day adventure in 2012, I keep a close eye on the happenings at Comic Con every year.

One of the most talked about reveals of the convention this year was the unveiling of a solitary image of Zack Snyder’s Diana Prince (better known as Wonder Woman) from the upcoming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice flick. Gal Gadot, a mostly unknown Israeli actress, has landed the role as the most powerful and well-known female character in pop culture history.

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Turnings on Edges

By Alysha Herrmann

Last month I said I’d talk about the ‘turning point’ for me in learning to love and accept my body. But I actually told a bit of a fib. That’s not *exactly* what I’m going to share. I can’t talk about the turning point, because I didn’t win the war with my body.

My body is not a static, unchanging experience.

My body has grown two children. It has fluctuated in dress size, in fitness, in muscle tone, in appearance. I have new scars, freckles and moles. My dress sense has changed as my life (and confidence) has changed. My hair colour and style is an ongoing party.

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Fatty Number Two

Words: Alysha Herrmann

 

My body did nothing to you.

 

Does anyone else remember being weighed in PE class at school? Do they still do that?

 

I’m not sure, but I think this is where one of my high school nicknames began.

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Five things to increase your self gratitude this Easter

1)      Drop the guilt. Easter eggs are yummy. Easter is but once a year. Chocolate bunnies. Hot crossed buns. Chocolate for breakfast?!

2)      Use this time to get together with friends and family, and embrace their awesomeness (and let them feel yours).

3)      Spend some time in the sun. Lots of us are Vitamin D deficient people!! Practice some mindfulness. How good does that lovely sun feel on your face? Thank you sun (Slip, Slop, Slap, Slip and Slide….). If there’s no sun…just soak in some outdoors gorgeousness!

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4)      Write a list of your strengths. Pure, unadulterated, free and honest you time. What makes you, you? What are you great at? What do you have knowledge in? How can you use that to propel yourself forward?

5)      Pass it on. Whether it’s a quote or a beautiful picture shared on your Facebook page for others to share, or simply passing on your words of thanks and love to a friend on the phone, in person or online, pay the love forward. And remember – you are as deserving of that love back.

Happy Easter xx

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Struggles of a skinny girl

Words: Lindsey Diacogiannis

 

“What’s anorexic?” I asked my friends after they jeeringly told me I looked that way, at the age of thirteen. I weighed about xx (number removed by Skin Deep Project to comply with Mind Frame national media standards), had always been thin and never had an eating disorder. I’d been fortunate enough not to have faced eating disorders, but when I was told I “looked anorexic” it was the tone of voice that implied something was ‘wrong’ with the way I looked.

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Skin Deep presents: InsideOut

Warm lights fill the centre of a dark room, where two young mums stand in front of an intimate audience, to talk about the dreams they hold for their children. Self love. Positive male role models. The confidence to shake off the increasing mountain of images of models, photoshopped within an inch of their lives.

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For the Mother I Sometimes Meet

Words: Alysha Herrmann

As long as I can remember, my mother has always been overweight. Hovering usually in an Australian dress size of 22-26, she’s had to shop at plus size stores or generic department stores with their shapeless, blocky and unflattering designs. And it was always clear, without always being spoken, that she hated her body and by extension often herself.  There were many times she’d ask  ‘How can you love me, when I’m so fat and ugly?’ or “Do you think I’m ugly?’ or just state ‘I look horrible. Horrible and fat.’ Questions and statements that came from a deep and hurting place inside of her.

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Fat Talk Free February is over. So, what now??

Last week Fat Talk Free February drew to a close, and some of us will be wondering – “what next?”.

Well we’re here to tell you that although marked formally once a year, Fat Talk can be banished all year round!

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How speaking up has helped me quiet the noise.

Words: Rachel Warland 

I was inspired to write this following the tragic passing of Charlotte Dawson and the need to get out there the importance of treating and educating people about mental illness.

About a year ago some alarm bells set off for me after completing a Mental Health First Aid course and I decided it was time for me to get help. A year later (almost) and I am a lot better and manage my anxiety as best I can. Receiving ongoing treatment was the best thing I ever did – it has done wonders in aiding me to live with anxiety. I want to share my experiences to help others who suffer from mental illness and give them hope that things will get better if you find that light within, or confide in those you love wanting to help you. And get the help you need and deserve.

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High school….ten years on.

Words: Jess Cullen

Over the past few weeks I have had an influx of invitations to hang out with people I don’t really know and don’t particularly like. Yep, it’s been 10 years since I graduated high school and the reunions are being planned.

My thoughts regarding the relevance of reunions in the day and age where you can get access to information about anyone you want to aside, props to the guys who are putting themselves out there to organize them – only to be turned down by party-poopers like me. Politely and with the utmost humility, of course.
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