I drew this Buff Wizard.
I alternately feel angry at myself for not having a more “acceptable” body and having body image issues.
I feel huge compared to a lot of the women I work with, many of whom are both taller than me (I’m 5’2”) and who are US size 4’s (I usually wear a 6 or an 8), at most. Last week, I had someone tell me I was eating a lot because I had a plate that included 1/8 of a baked chicken and small portions of steamed brown rice and collard greens. I also overheard some of my co-workers saying that women who wear size 8 dresses or larger are “plus-sized” (in a derogatory way). Hearing things like that sometimes makes me feel like I need to hide myself and hide the things I eat as much as possible at work, as well as when I’m around others my own age.
At the same time, I feel guilty and angry at myself for having these issues. I know I’ve ruined my relationships with others because of my negative self image. I’m unable to open up to others because I feel like I’m an ugly freak. I feel angry at myself when I see other women who aren’t stick-thin and seem happy with themselves. I wish I could be like them.
Happy Birthday Joe Strummer
A feminist group based in Guangzhou, China staged an online protest against the sexual exploitation of women in the workplace, revealing a photograph with a message boldly written in red on a whiteboard behind them: “My vagina does not come free with my labor.” More words were written on the women’s thighs, reiterating: “Not freebies.”
The campaign was in response to a recent fatal rape case involving a 20-year-old woman at a state-owned company who was asked by her boss to a dinner. She was sexually assaulted by her boss’s friend and died as a result of her injuries.“Don’t ask your staff to provide part-time escort services. Women should only be asked to provide knowledge or technical skills in the workplace, but not other things,” says Ye Haiyan, an advocate of women’s and children’s rights.
Read more via The New York Times.