Representation of the body

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15 Movies That Aren’t About Straight Thin White People That You Need To See

There are few things more depressing than trying to think of movies about young women who aren’t white. It’s also depressing trying to think of movies about young women who aren’t straight. Oh, and when you try to think of movies starring women who are plus-sized? Ha! Good luck with coming up with more than a handful, if that much.

Despite the fact that there are so many different kinds of girls out there–black, brown, queer, fat, etc–the media really hasn’t caught up, especially the movie industry. Seriously, we have a larger chance of seeing vampire girls than seeing a gay Asian chick. I don’t know, but I’m pretty sure there are more gay Asian chicks than vampires. What gives? Er, okay, the answer is racism but anyway…

There might be a huge lack of diversity in some of your favorite movies, but there are still some great films out there that actually represent the diversity of young women’s experiences. Check out these 15 movies that aren’t about straight, thin white people and add some new favorites to your list.

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Plus Sized Character Book Recommendations

Summer ( buttermybooks ) and I ( books-cupcakes ) recently discussed how there is a lack of plus size character representation in not only young adult literature but even in adult fiction. When we do read about characters like us they are either described as one of two things a.) gross and self-loathing with no hopes of ever finding love or b.) the fat funny friend who will never amount to anything more than that. It’s really discouraging to read books like this over and over again.  Even minor plus size characters get hated on; either they’re being knocked down by bullies and mean girls or they are described as villains. We want to read a book that recognizes us. We’re tired of reading books where girls (and guys) hate themselves because of their weight. We are tired of reading books where the only time the main character can be happy is when they lose weight. Happiness doesn’t automatically happen because you lose, 10, 20, 50, or 150 pounds. We want realistic and body positivity books about plus size characters because we are tired of reading books that tell us we should hate ourselves and change to fit societies perspective of what is “normal”. 

So until we do get more representation Summer and I have compiled a list of books that feature plus sized main characters. Now not all these books fall into the same genre or category. Some of them are really positive and some aren’t – some deal with heavy issues. Some are about losing weight, some are about gaining confidence and becoming happy regardless of size. Some books are fantasy and some books are romance. We tried to find as many books as we could. 

We really hope that you enjoy these recommendations and that you can find a book that you relate to. Hopefully this list will help you find your next favorite book!  Happy reading!! 

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Steven Universe and representation

SU has great representations of real life like…

Different body types:

And the characters all have different types of hair:


Theres more than just white characters (not including the gems):

Its okay to cry even if you’re a boy:

The majority of the characters are women, and are powerful:


It shows how different people react to the loss of a loved one:

It shows different forms of sacrifice:


Just like real people the “perfect” characters aren’t always perfect:


Love takes time. Their relationships weren’t flawless:


It has characters who aren’t straight:

They deal with real life struggles like being stuck in something uncontrollable, growing up, and protecting loved ones:

In short steven universe is an amazing show with great representation, both physically and emotionally.

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Woman with muscular dystrophy applies to be a fashion model as a joke, gets the job [5 pictures]

Jillian Mercado is a fashion blogger and the editor at We The Urban… She also has muscular dystrophy and relies on an electric wheelchair… A few months ago, she saw a casting call from clothing company Diesel. They were looking for young, hip models that represented a variety of cultural backgrounds. Mercado figured Why not? and sent in some pictures on a lark.

I just got chills. Never in my life have I seen someone like me in an ad, at least not one that wasn’t for a charity or for a disability-specific product. I hope more companies follow suit and include wheelchair users in their everyday advertisements.
I also showed the Diesel website to my mom. It took even her a few moments to realize what they did. This is how mass media works. This is why people with disabilities need to be visually represented as just that– People.
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Animeyed - Self Portraits by Flora Borsi

From Hungary, Flora Borsi is a young and very talented visual artist and photographer. Her exquisite photography and manipulation thematically focuses on identity, relationships, emotions and dreams to create breathtaking surreal visuals.

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I want to talk about being fat. 

I want to talk about fat representation in the media.

I want to talk about how fatphobia affects my life.

I want to talk about how fatphobia affects the lives of millions of women.

I want to talk about what is was like growing up fat.

I want to talk about how undesirable the world makes fat women feel.

I want to talk about being happy with my fat self.

I want to be able to fucking SAY the word fat without everyone in earshot cringing.

The Beauty

I wanted to make a plus size princess (even though +size on Belle looks like medium by real life standards) and chose my all time favourite princess for the test. I wanted to make her even fuller, but my skills weren’t up to the task…

I have been making a lot of GIFs lately… I should do something worth while instead…

(Goes and plays Dragon Age Inquisition)

“I think Honey Lemon’s size is pretty disgusting. Yes, GoGo is a refreshing alternative and she has curves. But the tiny size of Honey Lemon’s waist, legs and arms is so unnecessary. It’s especially wrong to present her as a role model for young and impressionable children. I wish Disney could promote average-sized female characters instead, it wouldn’t be too difficult”

Leonard Nimoy was a proud champion of women’s rights

“Actor Leonard Nimoy, who died Friday at the age of 83, was best loved by fans for his portrayal of Mr Spock, the half-human, half-Vulcan first officer of the USS Enterprise in Star Trek.

But Nimoy was also a talented poet, photographer, artist – and a lifelong women’s rights champion.

In 2007, the late actor published a The Full Body Project – a collection of nude portraits that challenged mainstream beauty ideals. The book featured black and white images of proud, full-figured women of all shapes and sizes and aimed to fight the collective obsession with policing women’s weight and the what he called "the fantasy ideal”.

“There is a huge industry built up around selling women ways to get their bodies closer to the fantasy ideal. Pills, diets, surgery, workout programs,” wrote Nimoy, “The message is ‘You don’t look right. If you buy our product, you can get there.”

Nimoy was also a staunch campaigner for pay equality. According to Bustle, a 2014 interview revealed Nimoy helped pushed for equal pay for Star Trek co-star Nichelle Nichols.

Star Trek Actior Walter Koenig said:When it came to the attention of the cast that there was a disparity in pay in that George [Takei] and I were getting the same pay but Nichelle was not getting as much, I took it to Leonard and he took it to the front office and they corrected that.”

Read the full piece here

I want more fat girl representation. Not “thick girls”. Not “curvy”. Not “little waist but big ass and boobs”. Not “a little chubby” I want to see women with big round bellies, flabby arms, back fat, double and triple chins. I want girls with huge calves and love handles and cellulite. Fat girls smalls boobs and a flat ass. Fat girls with chubby hands and cheeks. And I want them to love themselves and be 100% comfortable with their bodies. I’m so tired of the one overweight character in a movie/show having to be the sad one that has to overcome body image issues to makes the show ~relatable~ for 3 minutes. I just want fat characters without plots centered around their size.

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“I dreamed of being an actor, but when I looked for reflections of myself on the screen, I found few. Still, I found inspiration in the words of Sharon Flake and the music of India Arie. I took acting classes, where I felt free and accepted. Free to let out the biggest screams, to roll around the floor like a cat, and to cry sloppy tears without being judged. Accepted by this tribe of fellow performers, unique individuals who valued me for my talent and my boldness and not for what I looked like (or didn’t look like). In acting I found my confidence, my joy, my safe place.

Ironically, achieving a measure of success in this field that gave me confidence threatened to shake the very foundation of that hard-earned self-worth. Being in the public eye magnifies my ‘imperfection’ to an insane degree. Attending the Golden Globes for the first time, I was aware that the majority of the other actresses in the audience didn’t look like me. But you see, the average woman is a size 12 to 14. Those actresses don’t look like most women. I’m not saying those actresses should gain 30 pounds, but I am posing the question, that if art is supposed to reflect life then why don’t the red carpets and magazines reflect reality?

Ideally, I want to see all beauties, all shapes, all sizes, all skin tones, all backgrounds represented in my profession. Now that I am blessed to be that reflection I was once looking for, I’m making a promise to speak out for that little girl that I used to be. I might not have the power to change what media puts out there, or to single-handedly convince young girls like me that they should love themselves. But what I can do is start with me: living each day, embracing who I am. Embracing who I am by refusing to hide my legs or or cover my arms because they make someone else feel uncomfortable. By realizing that every stretch mark on my body is kissed by the sun, and no longer wishing them away. By no longer operating out of a place of fear. So if you see me on a carpet with my arms and legs out glistening, or my midriff exposed, it’s a reminder to myself and the world that I know I’m beautiful.”

Excerpted from an article by Danielle Brooks for Glamour Magazine

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10 TV Shows That Aren’t About Thin Straight White People That You Need To Watch

Representation matters. Period. I don’t think that most people who have the privilege to be part of groups that aren’t marginalized–white, thin, straight, well off, etc–truly understand how depressing it is to never see yourself in the media. Oh, and to finally see yourself, only to be reduced to a token, a sex object or a stereotype? It’s disheartening. Sure, networks are getting better at making sure that there are more diverse perspectives shown on TV because, surprise surprise, thin straight white able-bodied people aren’t the only people in the world with stories to tell! But it’s a slow process, and we’re all getting impatient, for good reason. Like, why is Glee the show with the most diverse ensemble cast? Ugh.

But while we wait for the slow but hopefully sure progress to reach a level of normality, check out these 10 TV shows that actually do a pretty good job at that whole diverse narratives thing. Some will be familiar, others not so much, but all are worth checking out!

This Is NOT What Trans Looks Like.

This is me: Devin-Norelle an androgynous identifying, person of trans- masculine experience. My body, my transition, my passing privilege is desirable among many.
But I AM NOT what trans looks like.
I am not other trans/gnc folks who have no desire for hormones, or surgery.

I am not the person who lacks the opportunity to obtain hormones or will never be capable of embodying certain passing privileges.
I am sometimes not the non-passing gender-fluid person who is harassed on the street because of their ambiguity.

I am not a representation of all trans folx, nor will I ever be.

The trans masculine community & some of it’s visible leaders are sometimes so enthralled by cisgender conforming standards. We tend to celebrate one prosaic representation: masculine bodies, men with visible beards,and folx that pass.
But the trajectory of our individual lives, & our actual lived experiences are indefinite; each of us eclipses these materialistic standards.

My shero @lavernecox said, “We need diverse media representations of trans folks to multiply trans narratives in the media and depict our beautiful diversities.” I’d like to add the inclusion of diversity isn’t limited to just the media. Following in the footsteps of Laverne and Janet, trans-masc leaders can do more to acknowledge the abundance of gender identities &  expressions Let’s transition the conversation. Uplift the narratives of those who don’t fit the definition of “normal.” Reject exclusionary dialogue of identities. It is easy to blend in. It takes strength to stand up in solidarity with folx who have no voice or lost their voice in death because they were not deemed acceptable.

Normalize non-conforming beauty standards. Include more representation for the disability community. Bring more attention to femme, trans femme & AMAB folx who are constantly victims of violence. Discuss how trans-masculine folx can elevate trans-fem folx. Hold dialogue about the shortage of hormones, especially of estrogen, & how this is violence.

Lets celebrate our diversity. Let’s celebrate our lives. Let’s celebrate our beauty. Let’s celebrate striving to be our most authentic selves, regardless of the path taken or not taken.

This^ IS what Trans look like. We are trans men. We are trans women. We are gender non-conforming. We are bigender. We are agender. We are of different ethnicities and racial backgrounds. We exists in all shapes in sizes. Our gender presentations may vary, our identities are fluid, our expressions are unique, but we are all beautiful. “Trans people are exactly who they say they are, no matter what the culture or media would lead us to believe.” -@JanetMock

This too is what trans looks likes. Often times, trans is a story of sorrow, loss, pain and suffering. Many Trans women of color (TWOC) have lost their lives at the hands of others simply for living their truth. Their deaths are daily reminders that trans lives are not valued. Trans Women of Color in particular are subjected to such violence because they are black (or POC), are often times living below poverty, do not have access to certain health care that would help them pass, or are victims of transmisogyny (transphobia + sexism). 

Several women have been killed because because of the false stereotype that they are gay men attempting to deceive straight men. The alarming rates of their deaths is also evidence that the most marginalized people of society are discriminated against for their existence. 19 Trans people have died this year, including 14 Trans women of color. The women above were killed during the summer of 2016. The deaths of these beautiful people become more difficult to read about each time, but their narratives are part of our truth  and must be told. 

#SayTheirNames (Above) Rest in Power Rae'Lynn Thomas, Erykah Tijernia, Skyee Mockabee, Dee Whigham, Deeniquia Dodds, Goddess Diamond, Mercedes Successful, Tyreece ‘Reecey’ Walker.

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AMAB: Assigned male at birth. (sources linked)

Trans Feminine refers to anyone with a feminine-of-center identity, especially those not assigned female at birth. This includes male-to-female transwomen, feminine-identified genderqueers, and others whose fabulousness cannot be defined.  (source linked)

Trans Masculine refers to anyone with a masculine-of-center identity, especially those not assigned male at birth. This includes female-to-male transmen, masculine-identified genderqueers, and others whose fabulousness cannot be defined. (source linked)

Transmisogyny:  the negative attitudes, expressed through cultural hate, individual and state violence, and discrimination directed toward trans women and trans and gender non-conforming people on the feminine end of the gender spectrum. (source linked)