Confession: Sometimes, at the gym, we get self-conscious. And sometimes we compare our body to other bodies. We’ve even considered bailing on our favorite boxing class because we were afraid our bruises would be a turnoff. Can you relate?
To gain a little perspective, here are some wise words from female athletes—and a few celebs and authors—who know something about strength, body image, and believing in yourself. We hope you get inspired to embrace what you’ve got and do what you want.   (via bedsider)

I want to show this to my steppie. Two months shy of seven and she recently expressed concern about being fat.



In “Birth Culture,” photographer Alice Proujansky documents live birth from delivery rooms around the world. Her goal is to create images that open up a larger conversation about how to improve the process and reduce maternal and infant mortality. 

“The experience is strange and powerful and frightening and it can be really beautiful,” she said.

See more beautiful images via Slate

Love this.



Cis people love to shut down people who talk about trans and intersex issues by saying that they’re “only 1% of the population” and thus can be ignored since they “aren’t statistically significant enough.”

By that logic, we can now systematically ignore:

  • Redheads
  • The entire state of Rhode Island
  • Anyone who makes over $500,000 a year
  • Pacific Islanders
  • Celiac Disease
  • Jewish people
  • Australia

Fuck me, I fall into two of these categories…



When a Washington Post reporter suggested that a sexist entertainment industry was reflected in the recent murders at UC Santa Barbara, some entertainers—specifically the ones she mentioned—took offense. Read more about that here. The BBC also explores a similar line of reasoning behind the…

Well put.