Shocking footage of me in 2014 being an athlete and… ***having a body***
A story that has made it into the mainstream news sphere over the last day that you might have seen is the outrageous body policing within high school swimming in the USA resulting in the disqualification of a 17 year old girl.
Breckynn Wills was disqualified after her school-issued swim suit rode up her butt during a race, under a ‘modesty rule’ from the National Federation of High School Associations (NFHS) stating:
“Males shall wear suits which cover the buttocks and shall not extend above the waist or below the top of the kneecap. Females shall wear suits which cover the buttocks and breasts and shall not extend beyond the shoulders or below the top of the kneecap, nor cover the neck.”
This is what Wills was pulled up on, the official who disqualified her said her suit was “so far up [they] could see butt cheek touching butt cheek’’, it’s important to reiterate her that Wills is underage.
Body positivity isn’t something that comes easy.
No matter your body type, as women especially, there will always be something deemed ‘wrong’ with it.
And we’re surrounded by messages of this constantly, from Victoria’s Secret’s refusal to diversify the size of the women in their shows, in order to maintain the ‘fantasy’ that plus size women couldn’t possibly sell, to the plus size models we do see having ‘perfect’ hourglass figures.
Even when there is representation of bigger women, it’s still clear that there is a right way to be bigger, and that is *white*, with defined waists and smooth stomachs.
Not to mention the amount of stores that get away with not even catering past an Australian size 12 or 14. Read more
I spend a lot of time watching Netflix, and streaming movies and TV shows in general and while I have issues with so much of what I’ve watched there is some great stuff out there!
But where to start?
Well, here’s seven I love and think you will too. Read more
Hello loves, and happy Saturday!
Today’s post is one I’ve been meaning to put together for probably like a year now… I’ve played around with the idea multiple times since then and it’s never felt completely right, until today.
I’m a perfectionist when it comes to a lot of things, but it mostly manifests in my Spotify playlists.
My music taste isn’t anything overly sophisticated, in fact it is best described as a young adult novel coming to life.
And you know what that means… bops, it’s all bops.
So who better to bring you a playlist full to the brim of girl power anthems? Read more
Despite previously writing about why I’m thankful for my period, I think most uterus-owners would agree with me… it’s often a pretty crappy time.
My period symptoms have changed (and worsened) over time and I, like you (probably), have developed my own set of tricks for getting through the shedding of my uterine wall.
These might not all work for or suit everyone, or maybe these are things you already do, but these rituals and products are what work for me. Read more
To the two most wonderful pals a girl could wish for,
I don’t understand what I did to get so lucky, but I need to start by saying that you are more incredible than you can possibly imagine.
I don’t really believe in fate, but the chances that our paths would ever cross were slim, so I feel like I either made the perfect decisions, or there was a reason for all of the questionable ones.
Whatever reason, I truly won the lottery, not just in knowing you, but in being a part of our relationship.
I can’t think of anything I wouldn’t do for you, and I hope you know that. Read more
Last night I had the privilege of attending the YWCA‘s MeToo, But What Can We Do? event at The Golden Wattle in the Adelaide CBD.
A big part of the panel discussion was around the changes the Me Too movement has made surrounding sexual assault, and the panelists raised the way in which the stories shared within the movement and people coming forward has helped to broaden the definition of sexual assault in the public eye.
Laura Desmond, panelist, playwright and performer really struck a cord with me when she spoke about sexual assault no longer being viewed as only being pinned down and r*ped, but widening to include physical, verbal and other forms of assault. Read more