Utilizing Social Media to Upgrade Your Self-Esteem

(First published on Wear Your Voice Magazine 2015) I am one of the lucky fat women. I have a strong core of like-minded (and bodied) female friends, even if they are flung across the States and the rest of the world. I have a mate whom I am incredibly attracted to. I know where to…

De-Program Yourself from Slut Shaming

Jul 13, 2015 Slut shaming is one of the deepest internalized prejudices that most people seem to have, regardless of gender. Even with my extremely liberal upbringing and a very conscious effort as an adult to deprogram deep-seated misogyny and macro/microaggressive racism, I still find myself judging other women and my own sexual past harshly…

How To Be Body Positive During Sex

Jul 27, 2015 Prior to my ex, I always tried to figure out a way to cover up my body when it came to sex. I was a big believer in “fake it ‘til you make it” and developed a dual persona in my later teen years: the big, bombastic, confident fat woman that was…

How The Porn Industry Is Getting Seriously Feminist

11/21/15 A couple of months ago, I spoke with local feminist porn stars and producers Courtney Trouble and Kitty Stryker of Trouble Films and (soon-to-be) Stryker Studios. At the time, Kitty was still with Trouble Films. Photographer Suma Jane Dark, her assistant Margalit Carolinensis, and I met at Courtney Trouble’s home in Oakland to photograph the…

Jes Baker Tells Us The Things No One Tells Fat Girls

11/4/2015 Jes Baker and her crew of badass feminists took over San Francisco’s The Booksmith bookstore last week for Baker’s anticipated book release “Things No One Tells Fat Girls,” a brilliant body positive anthology composed of many different tales and perspectives on self-acceptance and unlearning patriarchal beauty standards. Accompanied by Sonya Renee Taylor, Virgie Tovar, Sam…

6 Trans and Agender Beauties Disrupting the Status Quo

11/24/2015 As we continue to celebrate our trans siblings this month, I want to show some love to those who have changed the beauty industry, one brushstroke at a time. You think Kylie Jenner learned how to overdraw those lips on her own?  Hell no!  Kim Kardashian, too, has learned a thing or fifty from…

4 Reasons Why We Need Fat Liberation

Jan 4, 2016 I respect anyone who identifies as fat and want them to feel at home within the movement.  I hear Marie Southard Ospina when she feels erased as a smaller-bodied fat activist. There is a place for “small fats” at the table, however sometimes it may be the kid’s table.  It’s important to…