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Sexism Fuels Eating Disorders in Women But Feminism Can Help

Sexism Fuels Eating Disorders in Women But Feminism Can Help

Sexism and eating disorders are a cause and product of our culture. Refuting sexism takes the focus off women as body-objects. Feminism helps us do to do that.

Sexism contributes to the prevalence of eating disorders in women, but on the flip side, approaching eating disorders from a feminist outlook can be an important tool for recovery. Our social constructs view gender through a binary lens in which men are the objectifiers and women are the objectified, causing female bodies to be sexualized. This idea makes women feel pressured to meet the conventional standards of beauty, often resorting to extreme behaviors if their physical features are outside the “norm.” But dismantling these restrictive and harmful stereotypes could promote more body acceptance in our culture. Because sexism and eating disorders are connected, a feminist perspective can help to reverse this issue.

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Health At Every Size (HAES): The Jess Weiner Controversy

Health At Every Size (HAES): The Jess Weiner Controversy

Jess Weiner: ” Did Loving My Body Almost Kill Me?”

That is the headline splashed across an article in September’s Glamour magazine and online site. Weiner, a well-known author and speaker, has stressed for years that women of all weights and sizes can live happy and fulfilling lives right now. She lived her words, and created a successful career and life while being a size 18. That alone sounds radical in today’s society that worships thinness and works hard to make women feel unsuccessful and unworthy if we dare to take up more space than a will-o’-wisp.

Then Weiner went to her physician, and that is all it took to take her down the familiar weight loss path of dieting and excessive exercise.

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