Six Observations on the Body Positivity Movement by a Liberal Father with Daughters

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I’ll admit I was slow to the take on this one. I really only started noticing this a year or two ago – this trend in social media and advertising to highlight “non-traditional beauty” and emphasize “body positivity.” But once I started noticing it, I noticed it everywhere, and the movement only seems to be gaining steam. Just today, I read an article entitled “24 Women Bare Their Scars To Reveal The Beauty In Imperfections,” which featured a cover photo of a young, remarkably fit woman pulling up a skimpy knit tank top, as though undressing, revealing two long scars on her abdomen. She was wearing snug-fitting jeans, which nonetheless seemed to be falling off her buttocks, and she looked, well, amazing, which of course was the whole point.  Continue reading Six Observations on the Body Positivity Movement by a Liberal Father with Daughters

On Ronald, Donald, and the Changed Face of the GOP

Sometimes it takes a photo to snap you awake. This happened to me once—a couple of years after our first child was born. I knew I had put on a few pounds since entering family life, but all in all, I didn’t think I looked that bad. That is, until I saw that photo. We were in San Diego, at the beach, and I was playing in the ocean with our daughter. The photo was taken by my wife, and captured me in my true state—not in front of a mirror, sucking in my gut, or cloaked in the casual drape of men’s office attire—but out there in the water, exposed, my white belly slapping the waves like the baby beluga it had become. It was a true wake-up call, and exactly what I needed to in order to start doing something about it.  Continue reading On Ronald, Donald, and the Changed Face of the GOP