Posted: May 21, 2014 9:00 AM
 
Women have begun not only talking about body image issues, but writing body image articles and body images blogs. We’re celebrating the women who are taking back body image with their own words. We’ve gathered our favorite body image reads. You won’t want to miss a single one of these.
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Women hate their bodies. Does this phrase anger you? Maybe. Surprise you? Probably not. While this isn't true of all women, most that you meet have a body part they wouldn't mind changing, hiding, ignoring. These body image issues are prevalent and affect women's happiness and the way they see their lives. We want to change that and the best path we know to change is open dialogue. We've found amazing reading about body image written by real women for the sole purpose of opening the conversation and taking us to the point where the phrase "women hate their bodies" is shocking.

Don't ever look back in regret, truly live your beauty and focus on what's right with you rather than what's wrong.

Michelle Phillips is a self-esteem coach and the author of the bestselling beauty and self-esteem book The Beauty Blueprint — 8 Steps to Building the Life and Look of your Dreams. Phillips works with many women and an inordinate — but not surprising — number of her sessions end up focused on body image. She's recently made a shift in her thinking, however, that's made all the difference for her and for her clients. Phillips explains, "When working with a coaching client I had an epiphany: The negative thoughts I have about my body need to come to a screeching halt." Phillips adds, "Don't ever look back in regret, truly live your beauty and focus on what's right with you rather than what's wrong. It may not seem easy at first but freeing yourself of negative thoughts is a huge step towards living a truly beautiful life and achieving a healthy body. The first, and possibly the most crucial step on that path, though, is to start loving the body you have right now."

We agree with Phillips and want to open this conversation with you. Six women writers are doing just that by penning — or typing — their thoughts on body image. Join in these conversations, it'll be our collective first steps toward women love their bodies becoming our norm.

How Dr. Phil Got Anorexia Wrong

By Rita Arens
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Surrender, Dorothy is a personal blog and author website dedicated to Rita Arens' writing and books, The Obvious Game and Sleep is for the Weak. About her writing on body image, Arens says, "My post How Dr. Phil Got Anorexia Wrong has brought the most response from my readers. I had anorexia and wrote about anorexia in my young adult novel, The Obvious Game. I've received a lot of email over the years from people who read that post and had questions for themselves or their loved ones, and the need for information was so strong it compelled me to write that novel. So that meant a lot to me."

This is my Body and I Love it for You

By Jen Mitchell
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Jen Mitchell is a proud mom of triplets and their big brother who totally feels buried in children, telling her stories from under the pile. About her writing on body image Mitchell says, "I wrote This is my Body and I Love it for You because I never want my daughter to look in the mirror and feel disgust for her body. And the only way she's going to learn that is by seeing me love mine — squish, stretch marks and an extra 50 pounds and all."

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This is Me...

By Tracy Morrison
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Tracy Morrison is a writer, eater of dark chocolate, mom of three and has a husband who claims that he saved her from an old cat lady life. She blogs about the lighter side of parenting at Sellabit Mum. About her writing on body image, Morrison says, "I wrote This is Me... because like many women, I often focus on what I see are the imperfections of my body. But when I started looking at how these imperfections make up me and are me, I started to embrace and celebrate them instead. Maybe a short torso isn't rocking the runways this spring — but my grandma rocked it for her 78 beautiful years and I'm proud to inherit any part of her."

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Don't Make the Thin Girl Ugly

By Jenni Chiu
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Jenni Chiu is a mother, vlogger and blogger at Mommy Nani Booboo. About her writing on body image, Chiu says, "I wrote Don't Make the Thin Girl Ugly because I think a lot of times people make assumptions based on what people look like. Often times our assumptions are rooted in emotion and not in fact. I was called anorexic, and even ugly growing up, but I wasn't either. I definitively think the fashion industry should embrace different body types, but banning the thin girls is exclusive and not inclusive. I think when we shame one body type in order to uplift another, all we're left with is more people feeling bad about themselves."

Self, Easy

By Amanda Magee
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Amanda Magee's blog used to be called The Wink, now it's just her name because as her girls get older — and as she does, too — it's become a space that she uses to explore all of her life not just parenting. About her writing on body image, Magee says, "I wrote Self, Easy because I was so fed up with all the judging — the internet, magazines, myself — it was just an endless cycle of judging that accomplishes nothing. My hope is that those words might help someone shake off the weight of judgment, even just a little bit, to create more space for joy."

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Enough

By Katrina Anne Willis
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Katrina Anne Willis writes at Table for Six, a place where tales of family, friendship and humanity are shared. About her writing on body image, Willis says, "I wrote Enough because I wholeheartedly believe that sharing our stories is the key to connection, that freedom is found when we open our hearts to others and that a collective sigh of "Me, too" is the sweetest sound to our human ears. My hope is that others recognize themselves in my words and know they are not alone, that there is hope and healing and community."

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