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Do You Bite Your Nails? It Might Mean You're A Perfectionist. Are you mindlessly twisting your hair or biting your nails as you read this article?

Do You Bite Your Nails? It Might Mean You're A Perfectionist

New research from the University of Montreal suggests that compulsive behaviors like these might say more about your personality than you think. People who are generally impatient, or who get bored or frustrated easily, are more likely to engage in repetitive body-focused behaviors such as skin-picking, nail-biting or eyelash-pulling, the researchers found. The study, published in the March issue of the Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, points to perfectionism -- a trait that can be more damaging than many people realize -- as an underlying cause. “We believe that individuals with these repetitive behaviors may be perfectionistic, meaning that they are unable to relax and to perform task at a ‘normal’ pace," Dr.

Kieron O'Connor, professor of psychiatry at the university and the study's lead author, said in a press release Tuesday. Ilana Glazer Just Empowered Me in The Weirdest Possible Way. Bulimia Is A B*tch: Losing Control And Finding Freedom  The content of this post may be triggering to some readers.

Bulimia Is A B*tch: Losing Control And Finding Freedom 

Tummy Pride  By Ellie Herman What caused your eating disorder?

Tummy Pride 

It's a question that others ask but also one that I ask myself. The answer is not known with any degree of certainty, but I do know that in my desire to become a healthier eater, I wanted to have a stomach that I "was proud of," and that sort of tummy was flat, thin, and toned. Few things bothered me more during recovery than the new feeling of my stomach touching the waistband of my pants. How My Scars Changed The Way I See Beauty  You know how some big dogs like German Shepherds develop hip problems as they get older?

How My Scars Changed The Way I See Beauty 

In their later years, they begin to limp, and running or playing fetch becomes increasingly hard -- and eventually, they can barely walk without immense pain. The condition certainly isn't inherited by every pooch, but it isn't uncommon, either. The disorder of hip dysplasia (when the hip joint doesn't form normally) isn't exclusive to dogs. In fact, I was born with it in my left hip and because the doctor didn't catch it right away, I underwent four major surgeries at the ages of 2, 2 and half, 5 and 6.

" Prendre Corps " Health & Body. Hate Your Body? Take More Pics! Sex Shields. Stolen. How to Lose the Weight! Why We Should Stop Imagining Aging as a Loss of Youth. Why Body Acceptance Isn't for Everyone All the Time. 6 Things You Can Do If You Think You Have an Eating Disorder. How to Find the Beauty in Fat. How Can I Exercise in a Body-Positive Way? Judging Others, Avoiding Ourselves: Grappling with Body Negativity. You judge people.

Judging Others, Avoiding Ourselves: Grappling with Body Negativity

I’m not judging you for it. I do it, too. And judging people for judging people is a rabbit hole I don’t plan on going down. But how many of the judgments that you make about other people based on appearances alone are likely to be accurate, kind, or worthwhile when they don’t meet the standards you place on yourself? More to the point, how useful are the judgments you might make based on standards set by your parents, friends, or culture? Why We Need To Discuss Sexual Pleasure in Reproductive Rights and in Our Bedrooms. Editor’s Note: While we at Everyday Feminism think that this article is brilliant in its analysis of conversations around sexual pleasure and reproductive rights, we do want to note that the piece largely normalizes sexually-oriented people.

Why We Need To Discuss Sexual Pleasure in Reproductive Rights and in Our Bedrooms

For more information on why asexuality is a valid orientation, check out this comic. There’s a big elephant in the room – in the conference room at most reproductive health, rights, and justice organizations, not to mention in our very own bedrooms. As someone who occupies both of these rooms, I’m perplexed by our silence around sexual pleasure. We advocate for increased access to abortion care and tackle abortion stigma while we’re at it. We dream up contraceptive innovations. For the most part, the same goes for our personal lives. There are the birth control alarms, STI/STD tests, and annual exams that we’re taught to be diligent about, granted that we have access to them in the first place.

Periods in the Media. 10 Things I Wish People Understood About Eating Disorders. Feminists Have Food and Body Image Issues Too: 5 Ways to Get Over the Shame. Becuo Originally published on The Frisky, and cross-posted here with their permission.

Feminists Have Food and Body Image Issues Too: 5 Ways to Get Over the Shame

I was a full-blown feminist by the time I started college. Breaking Down the Desire to Be Thinner. 5 New Directions for the Body-Positive Movement. Women Deserve Better. Why I No Longer Apologize for My Crutches. Originally published on xoJane and cross-posted here with their permission.

Why I No Longer Apologize for My Crutches

Denise Jolly figured it out within the first few frames of our photo shoot: I don’t like to smile. Or, more accurately, I have a fake smile. The one that has haunted me for years. The one that shows my bucked teeth. Those imperfect teeth are a metaphor for my childhood. Every year, my mother would buy me a new outfit for School Picture Day.

The photographer was not used to kids like me: the ones in wheelchairs, the ones who couldn’t sit up straight. The photo package would arrive in the mail a few weeks later, and there I was, in 8 x 10 and wallet size, my face refusing to conform to all of my mother’s efforts. My parents spent thousands and thousands and thousands of dollars (that they did not have to spare) trying to make my most broken parts fit into the mold of normal. Babies Don't ‘Ruin’ Bodies: 3 Reasons to Stop Saying They Do. Why I'm a Body Image Activist. On Bodily Limitations: Listen and Accept. The Body Is Not An Apology. My Body is Not an Achievement or a Work in Progress. 4 Ways to Help Your Pre-Teen Daughter Navigate New Attention to Her Body.

Why We've Learned to Hate Our Bodies. Emotions of Weight. 4 Ways to Come Out as Fat. 10 Honest Thoughts on Being Loved By a Skinny Boy. What Walking Through Life With Thunder Thighs is Really Like. Mental Illness and Sexism: What Calling Women ‘Crazy’ Actually Does. How Body Love Can Change Society for the Better. A Visual Breakdown of the Most Common Mental Health Issues Affecting Women.

Time for a New Year's Revolution: How Diet Culture Upholds Capitalism. MELISSA A.

Time for a New Year's Revolution: How Diet Culture Upholds Capitalism

FABELLO: To those of you who complain about my socialist, anti-heteropatriarchal dogma ruining the lives of children everywhere, you’re gonna love this one. Because today, I want to talk about the ways in which diet culture is a fabricated sham that exists solely to uphold capitalism. But first, I want to show you this super cool shirt that was made by my friends over at Nalgona Positivity Pride, which is an organization working to decolonize the body-love movement. Look! It’s like a punked out Miss Piggy, and it says “Beat Eating Disorders.” Okay. Naomi Wolf, in her 1990 book The Beauty Myth: How Images of Beauty Are Used Against Women, writes that “[a] culture fixated on female thinness is not an obsession about female beauty, but an obsession about female obedience. 5 Tips for a #NewYearNewView.

3 Ways the Body-Positivity Movement Could Be More Body-Positive.