Category: body image
Does Googling “How To Get Rid Of A Turkey Neck?” Make Me A Bad Feminist?
I am a feminist who feels strongly about sexism, ageism, and double standards, so I can’t fathom why this genetic aberration (that was clearly inherited from my father), bugs me so much.
I’m A Feminist, So Why Won’t I Let Myself Age Naturally?
I’m not proud to admit that I’m not grown up enough yet to come out as an old person. If I was a good feminist, I would feel more proud of this ageing body of mine and what it has achieved, rather than falling prey to the ridiculous beauty standards expected of women my age.
Here’s Why I’m Embracing The Menopause Belly
Despite eating less, dosing up on turmeric and exercising like Jane Fonda on Speed, there are many days during the month when my belly looks like I’m five-months pregnant
5 Wardrobe Essentials Every Middle-Aged Women Should Have
Recently, I wore a cropped sweater to work and one of the kids accused me of not dressing my age. I was so outraged by the comment that I demanded to know why she expected me to kowtow to society’s construct of how women should dress in middle-age? Needless to say, she looked back at…
Middle-Aged Women: We Need To Be More Selfish With Our Time
Have you felt really exhausted lately? I know that excessive tiredness comes with the territory of menopause and living through a pandemic, but what I’m feeling at the moment is more like a heavy weight pushing down on me, squeezing every drop of energy from my body. And I know exactly what it is –…
COVID-19 Is All Fun And Games Until You Start Looking Like Your Grandmother
I’m sitting at home, dressed to the nines with nowhere to go. Dressed to the nines during COVID-19 (?), I hear you ask. Thanks to Far Kew for this wonderfully appropriate image Well…yes. But I do have two very good reasons for such crazy behaviour: The first is that like many of you, I imagine,…
Middle Age: Time To Stop Worrying About Our Bodies And Start Focusing On Our Brains
I’ve had a mixed reaction in my circle about my decision to shed a few kilos. There are those friends who have been supportive – in that they understand the need to manage my weight gain through menopause, if possible. Then there is the other “life’s too short to be miserable” camp, who don’t believe…
Losing Weight: Who Knew Salmon Was Such A Traitor?
I was listening to a podcast with Clare Bowditch on Conversations this morning (about her book Your Own Kind Of Girl) and it made me question exactly why I’ve started another diet. Like her, I came to the conclusion a while ago that weight is unimportant (as long as it is within a healthy range…
Let’s Stop Judging Ourselves By Our Bodies
I went on a girls night to the city last Friday night. I’m ashamed to admit that it took me longer to get ready than usual because the outfit I had put together in my head that week looked crap when I put it on and I had a confidence crisis, which meant I had…
What’s Your Biggest Fear? Mine Is The Dental Hygienist
Photo by Mikael Kristenson on Unsplash If you read this blog regularly, you will know by now that because I suffer from anxiety, I am scared of pretty much everything. (Spiders, anyone?) That’s why, quite frankly, picking my biggest fear for this post left me pretty spoilt for choice. More obvious choices included ScoMo getting…
Can I Suggest Eating Mindfully This Christmas Rather Than Dieting?
Let’s make a pact and enforce a community embargo against dieting this Christmas. I won’t be dieting. In fact, I will be eating all of the pigs-in-blanket, swigging the whole jug of brandy custard, and scoffing every one of the purple Quality Street! In Joanna Nell’s book, The Single Ladies Of Jacaranda Village, her doctor…