The Daily Beast: New Year’s Diets Will Fail

It may be the most ubiquitous resolution of them all, but losing weight for good is a losing battle for almost all of us—and it’s not even a surefire way to get healthy.

Good ol’ Linda Bacon weighs in on this one.

I firmly believe that losing weight should not be the issue; we should be gaining self-acceptance and better health. We should be learning to love our bodies as they were made, not molding them into what someone else thinks they should be. That is such an important step toward overall health and well-being.

My New Year’s Resolutions, if anyone’s interested, are:

  1. Continue working to like myself as I am, fat and all.
  2. Continue striving to be healthy and happy.
  3. Continue trying to find time and means to do all the things I truly love and want to do.
  4. Continue searching for the career path that will lead me to where I want to be.

Bustle: American Women’s Body Image…

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As most of you are probably aware, the United States has something of a body image problem. In a culture where it’s a big frickin’ deal for a Lanvin ad campaign to imply that models actually eat every once in a while, it probably won’t come as a big shock to find that, according to a recent Psych Guides survey, American women have worse body images than the rest of the globe. It may not be surprising, but it is pretty depressing.

I don’t know if I believe we are entirely the worst, but I suppose it’s possible.

I certainly understand the belly hatred; mine has grown significantly over the years, even in times of weight loss it seemed to be the one thing that refused to slim down. Now, after a bad period in my life, during which I gained a large chunk of weight rather rapidly, it has noticeable stretchmarks. I struggle not to hate these the most, and what I see on a day-to-day basis doesn’t help.

Not only are most stretchmarks (occurring on everyone) photoshopped from pictures, but have you ever noticed that when they’re celebrated, it’s almost always in connection to motherhood? It makes me feel as though I don’t need to be ashamed of mine only if they’re the result of pregnancy.

I put it to the community devoted to changing body image and acceptance; that’s something we need to work on.


Photo by iThinkergoiMac, available under Attribution and NonCommercials license on Flickr; no changes have been made.

Bloggers Beware: You CAN Get Sued For Using Pics on Your Blog – My Story: Roni Loren

This is incredibly disconcerting. Honestly, I think that chasing down small-time bloggers and suing them for hundreds and thousands of dollars over photos that are plastered all over the internet and easily available for everyone is a sleazy practice born out of greed.

4. Use sites like Pinterest and Tumblr with caution.

I have read way too many terms of service over the last two months. And I’m not a lawyer, so the legalspeak can be confusing and I am NOT giving legal advice. BUT both Pinterest and Tumblr (and most other social sites) say that if you load something into their site (i.e. Pin It or Tumble it) YOU are claiming that YOU have a legal right to that picture. And if the owner of that photo comes after the company, you will be the responsible party. And Pinterest goes so far as to say if you REpin something, you’re saying you have the right to that photo. Yes, if that’s enforced, it would mean that 99% of people on Pinterest are doing something illegal. Will that ever come up? Maybe. Maybe not. But I’m leaning on the paranoid side now. I don’t want to be the test case. And I don’t want to pin something the owner of the photo wouldn’t want pinned. 

So pin your own photos, pin things from sites that have a Pin It button (see discussion in comments about the Pin It button, it’s not always a safe bet either.) I pin book covers and movie posters because I figure that it’s advertisement for said movies or books. But other stuff? All those pretty mancandy photos? I’m going to look but not touch.

*ADDED: Also see discussion in comments about posting and sharing pics on Facebook. Same rules apply.

Any Day Now


Winner of 10 Audience Awards at film festivals around the country and starring the amazing Alan Cumming, Any Day Now is a powerful tale of love, acceptance and family. When a teenager with Down syndrome (Isaac Leyva) is abandoned by his mother, a gay couple (Alan Cumming and Garret Dillahunt) takes him in and becomes the loving family he’s never had. But when their unconventional living arrangement is discovered by authorities, the men are forced to fight a biased legal system to save the life of the child they have come to love as their own. Inspired by a true story from the late 1970s, Any Day Now touches on legal and social issues that are as relevant today as they were 35 years ago.