Love, Don’t Shame Your Body

A drawing of nine women of various body sizes standing together in their undergarments. Each woman has a letter painted on her stomach, which together it spells "beautiful." Art by Isaiah Stephens
All Body Types Are Beautiful

By Brianna Love

Body positivity is a serious problem among women. It doesn’t matter what size a woman is. It’s almost a guarantee that she is self-conscious about her body. Recently, our culture has turned away from “fat-shaming” and focused on “skinny-shaming.”

Why do we care so much about what other women’s bodies look like?

I think it goes back to the basics of bullying. I will put you down to make myself feel better. We let our own insecurities affect the way we treat others, and it’s time to put that tendency to an end.

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SINGLE on Valentine’s Day

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By Beatrice Santiago

 

So here is the thing…

I am single and loving it!!

I don’t need to be in a romantic relationship to celebrate this Valentine’s day. Instead I will be celebrating this year’s Valentine’s with two of my closest friends I have made since coming to college. How are we celebrating? By getting a piercing and watching our favorite show. Insert smiling emoji here * We also are probably getting or making dinner at the end the day and, of course, do some more homework. What is a life of a college student without some homework? I am content with that. I get to be with my little family away from home.

I am also celebrating my self-love.

Because, what is better than showing some love to myself? I don’t need anyone by my side telling how me how much they love me when I got me. To all my single ladies out there–put your hands up! You’re amazing! Remind yourself that you are hardworking, beautiful, and capable of doing anything–All on your own!! Look at yourself in the mirror and just look at how beautiful you are.

Because, you are your own person. There is no one quite like you. So unique. That is what makes you beautiful. Therefore, on this special day I will be pampering myself. Which will probably consist of: face masks, a shopping spree (on a budget), and reading a chapter of a book I have just started. Small things like this can make a Valentine’s day pretty perfect. I don’t necessarily think it has to be something expensive or out of this world to make Valentine’s Day very special.

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Never Feel Obligated to Prove Your Worth

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I am sure most of us heard about the two women who recently became the first females in history to complete Army Ranger training. Captain Kristen Griest and 1st Lieutenant Shaye Haver graduated in August of this year with their ranger tabs alongside many strong and courageous men. While they are not the first two women to ever attempt the training, they are the first to have successfully completed. While the US Army has different standards for physical assessments and height/weight based on age and gender, Ranger School requirements are for the most part straight across the board. The two officers walked across the graduation stage on August 21, 2015, both donning shaved heads and a fierce sense of pride at their accomplishment. Continue reading “Never Feel Obligated to Prove Your Worth”