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Dusting off the Dream

  Two years ago, I had to make the very hard decision to let Girl Body Pride fade into obscurity. I just couldn’t keep up with my advice column and posting five days every week, and something had to give. Obviously, I went with the option that didn’t have a regular paycheck attached. Two days […]

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Girl Body Pride: The Introduction

Girl. Because no matter what decade we find ourselves in, we share a desire to heal a piece of ourselves while doing everything within our power to make sure today’s daughters grow strong in mind before all else. I’ve got about a months to pull off a miracle. But if we are being perfectly honest here, the […]

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Body Back: How to Make Friends with Our Reflections

Newsflash, y’all! Kim Kardashian has her body back. No surgery, haters. So stop your finger-pointing and snide headlines, already. US Weekly calls Kim’s “exclusive” picture proof the ultimate revenge for all the post-baby body bashing stories. And as far as the media (and a large segment of our body conscious society is concerned), that’s all […]

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  Girl. Because no matter what decade we find ourselves in, we share a desire to heal a piece of ourselves while doing everything within our power to make sure today’s daughters grow strong in mind before all else. Body. We are at war with the reflection we see in the mirror. It’s either too full or too thin or too curvy or not curvy enough. We want more for our daughters. We also want to be able to check out at the grocery store without being bombarded by magazine headlines touting The Best Diet, How to Get a Better Body Faster, and the Six-Week-Post-Partum-Bikini-Photo-Shoot that is now par for the course for practically every celeb mom. This constant reminder that we can’t possibly be happy as we are is what we (and … [Read More...]

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Girl Body Pride: The Introduction

Girl. Because no matter what decade we find ourselves in, we share a desire to heal a piece of ourselves while doing everything within our power to make sure today’s daughters grow strong in mind before all else. I've got about a months to pull off a miracle. But if we are being perfectly honest here, the only miracle am refewring to would be the Me Sticking to the Work Behind the Dream. It happens to all of us; and it's a bitch to pick up the momentum to get back to where you were going before talking yourself out of confidence and spunk, STOP THAT.  STOP IT RIGHT NOW!  Body. We are at war with the reflection we see in the mirror. It’s either too full or too thin or too curvy or not curvy enough. We want more for our … [Read More...]

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GBP Showcase: The Tilt Shifts Reality (Again)

We're revisiting some of the most powerful writing in the GBP archives by the very talented writers who graced this site with the stories they wrote and in which we usually saw ourselves. That's how the really good stuff is supposed to work, right? Stay tuned for new stories and new voices when we officially relaunch GBP. For now, Jessi Sanfillippo has a story to tell you. This piece originally appeared on GBP in 2012.     It’s no surprise that I’ve gone through some physical changes and struggles with my weight. These changes came not from the growth of a miniature human, because ten days on the breast, the swift passing of a gall stone, and the lingering metabolism of my early twenties had me back in pre-babe shape by week … [Read More...]

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GBP Showcase: The Plate, Revisited

As I work furiously with my dedicated inner circle to get Girl Body Pride ready for the official site relaunch and twitter party, I am showcasing a few of my favorites from the GBP archives. This one by Kim Tracy Prints practically broke the internet when we first published this piece on 2012. Sit back and prepare to Relate.  ***   Do we talk about depression here? Well, I’m gonna, anyway. In a post with too much capitalization, so please bear with me. I’m that woman who Has Too Much On My Plate, and is Too Hard On Myself. I’ve heard those two titles for me so many times that I feel like I should put them on my business card. My overbearing need to Get Things Done was fine before I had children. I had only myself, my career, … [Read More...]

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Dusting off the Dream

  Two years ago, I had to make the very hard decision to let Girl Body Pride fade into obscurity. I just couldn't keep up with my advice column and posting five days every week, and something had to give. Obviously, I went with the option that didn't have a regular paycheck attached. Two days ago, I decided to do the one thing I hadn't even considered up to that point: relaunching GBP and making sure that fire under my ass stays nice and lit. What if I tried again and were to fall flat on my face again? What if we fail? Would that be enough to break us or would we be the strongest version of ourselves, never even breaking our stride? Sometimes Not Right Now just means your idea needs time to just be and breathe. Not Right … [Read More...]

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Girl Body Pride: the Final Bow

  This is a hard post to write. It's surprising how hard it is to find the words, actually, considering that after much soul-searching and late night text message marathons with the friends I've made through writing. But then again, I guess knowing what needs to be done  doesn't make the doing any easier, even with the absolute certainty that I've made the right decision. It's time to bow down to the many incredible and established voices in the realm of body and self-image discussions.  It's time to let Girl Body Pride fade into internet oblivion.  While I've truly the experience and am grateful to have connected with some of most talented writers I know, I think this is the right thing to do. My role as Latina Magazine's advice … [Read More...]

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Dieting Last Resorts

  I decided to go on a raw foods diet. Mostly it sounds fine to me except it virtually excludes my favorite food groups: coffee, cheese and bread. Coffee, cheese, and fresh baked sourdough are such an intrinsic part of my diet that being without them for the last ten days has rendered me no different than the average alcoholic.  I acknowledge, that I am powerless in the face of warm sourdough or worse a challah bread loaf which I could eat whole without help from anyone else. My husband often uses cheese as a garnish or spice. The only time we ever seriously considered divorce was the week we were stuck at my husband’s sister’s house without access to coffee. We’ve taken uncooking classes; we’ve read books by raw food … [Read More...]

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Girl Body Pride New Year’s Resolutions

by Pauline Campos and Margaret Elysia Garcia The editors of Girl Body Pride wish you a very Happy New Year's and a 2014 low on shame and high on pride. We decided to kick off the new year by sharing a joint post of resolutions to make our lives, the lives of our children, and everyone else we encounter just a little more positive and a lot less freaked out by societal standards. Altogether now...I resolve to: 1) Ignore the noise. What other people say, think, do, or feel is their own business. Not everyone is going to like me, and that's just life. But when it comes to what they say, think, or feel about me and my reflection doesn't matter. I am the master of my reflection. 2) Smile at myself more often. When I see myself in … [Read More...]

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Heart Pops

  Let’s tell each other one thing that we love about the other person before we go to sleep.   Okay, Mama.   I’ll go first. I love the way your whole face lights up when you smile.   Oh, Mama. That’s sweet…And I love when you give me strawberries.   ***       Where did I come from?   A wish on a star.   I’m happy you wished me.   Me too, baby. Thank you for being my wish.   Thank you for being my mom.   ***     Mama?   Yes,  baby?   I love you so much it makes my heart pop.   You make my heart pop, too.   ***       Mama, can … [Read More...]

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Like Mother, Like Daughter

As I write this, my just turned 9 year old daughter is sleeping beside me, curled up and making sleep sounds. We are still in that post Christmas stupor and I'm feeling a bit strange that this was the first birthday and Christmas that the daughter wanted absolutely no toys whatsoever. Her list to Santa was all music, book and art supply related. The apple , they say, does not fall far from the tree. Tonight she even said, "Mommy, did you know there are kids who don't like to read and don't care about music and art? Isn't that weird?" That question made me feel like I'm doing a good job.  Because it's not easy raising a girl in this culture and mothers can feel like failures on a daily basis in all sorts of ways. As the year wraps up, … [Read More...]

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Body Back: How to Make Friends with Our Reflections

Newsflash, y'all! Kim Kardashian has her body back. No surgery, haters. So stop your finger-pointing and snide headlines, already. US Weekly calls Kim's "exclusive" picture proof the ultimate revenge for all the post-baby body bashing stories. And as far as the media (and a large segment of our body conscious society is concerned), that's all she wrote, folks. But is it, really? I'll bet you already know what I think. And it rhymes with "bullshit." Stories like this -- along with every one of said headlines bashing Kim's pregnant and post-baby body up till now -- are sending us the very message that I truly believe to be at the core of body image issues for so many women, be they mothers or not. They tell us that our bodies (and … [Read More...]