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According to the National Eating Disorders Association, body image concerns often begin at a young age. “By age 6, girls especially start to express concerns about their own weight or shape, and 40-60% of elementary school girls (ages 6-12) are concerned about their weight or about becoming too fat. (Smolak, 2011). Furthermore, over one-half of […]
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“For no one ever hated his own body, but [instead] he nourishes and protects and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church” (Ephesians 5:29). Growing up, I loved imagining what I would look like when I was a woman. I imagined how beautiful I would be, maybe even like the movie stars on magazine […]
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Juleeta C. Harvey by Juleeta - 2M ago

I do not want My hands soiled in muddy water, Fingers made dingy by gravelly pools That were clear and clean raindrops, only moments before.   I want to be able To leap over The puddles and the messy places And come out of the other side of adventure Clean Maybe even sparkly.   But […]
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Recently, I met with young women, ranging in ages from 11-18. More insightful than anything I shared with them about the steady growth of negative body image in today’s culture were the responses they shared with me. Specifically, their response to one question keeps coming to mind. In two different breakout sessions, I asked, “What […]
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R. Kelly. Harvey Weinstein.  Bill Cosby. Larry Nassar. President Trump. The list of quiet misogynists is long. Quiet may not be the word you think of when you recall the recent CNN interview with Gayle King and R. Kelly. To my knowledge, soft spoken has never been a descriptor that characterizes our current president. But […]
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Why We Need an Advocate According to the National Eating Disorders Association, “by age 6 girls especially start to express concerns about their own weight or shape, and 40-60% of elementary girls (ages 6-12) are concerned about their weight or about becoming too fat” (Smolak, 2011). While all genders, ages, and cultures are at risk […]
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As we envision a world where women of different sizes can thrive in their God-given bodies, we ask ourselves: How can women advocate positive change for the female body?        One place to start is examining our relationship with food. Currently, we live in a culture that demonizes some foods and idolizes other foods.  Meat is bad; veggies […]
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We are not lovers because of the love we make but the love we have We are not friends because of the laughs we spend but the tears we save I don’t want to be near you for the thoughts we share but the words we never have to speak I will never miss you […]
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The world is desperate for healers.  Not the kinds of people who wave their arms around a stranger’s cancer-ridden body and shout prayers for a miracle, pointing to you on the other side of the television screen. Those kinds of healers are scary. The world is desperate for healers of a different kind.  For the kinds of people […]
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I did not know I was asleep. Four days before our wedding, I moved to a new place. I drove my gold ’96 Saturn northbound on I-35, from Austin to Dallas.  My car was packed tight and high with boxes, and behind me, my parents’ truck hauled the rest of my belongings.  And for most of the three hour drive, my insides felt like […]
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