The Wednesday Weigh-In: Our bodies, our minds

It’s time for the third weekly Wednesday Weigh-In! As you may know by now, the Wednesday Weigh-In is an open thread where you can “weigh in” on a topic of the day.

For the first installment of the Wednesday Weigh-In, we discussed sex and honesty.

Next, we took on feminism and feelings.

This week, we’re taking on the business of bodies. Your bodies, to be more specific. This week’s question for discussion is:

How do you feel about your body, and what factors contribute to these feelings?

This question was inspired by the news that one in six women say they would rather be blind than obese. Although the f-word blog has an important discussion of the ableist connotations of such framing, they also point out that it suggests some very distressing things about women’s attitudes to fatness and weight gain.

I’d also be interested in your gender identification, if you’d like to share that in the comments section as well, and how you feel that does or does not affect your response. Also, do you feel that feminism has any affect on your body image, either positively or negatively, and do you feel that your opinion of your own body lines up with other people’s impressions and opinions of you?

So, what are you waiting for? Get to weighing in!

Brooklyn, NY

Lori Adelman is a writer and advocate focusing on race, gender, and sexual and reproductive rights. In addition to serving as an Executive Director at Feministing, Lori is the Director of Global Communications at Planned Parenthood Federation of America. Lori has previously worked at the United Nations Foundation, the International Women’s Health Coalition, and Human Rights Watch, and has written for a host of print and digital properties including Rookie Magazine, The Grio, and the New York Times Magazine. She regularly appears on radio and television, and has spoken at college campuses across the U.S. about topics like the politics of black hair, transnational movement building, and the undercover feminism of Nicki Minaj. In 2014, she was named to The Root 100 list of the nation's most influential African Americans, and to the Forbes Magazine list of the "30 Under 30" successful people in media.

Lori Adelman is an Executive Director of Feministing in charge of Partnerships.

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