women’s health

On “Real Women”

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“I am an unreal woman, evidently. A fake, a fraud, an alien-woman of sorts. At least that’s what I keep hearing and reading. Because evidently, real women have “curves,” “back fat,” “bass,” and “booty.” Real women struggle to lose weight after childbirth. They have droopy bits and wrinkles, so I am told.

I am 42 years old. I am 5’10 and weigh 110 pounds. I do not have an eating disorder, I am just naturally tall and thin, I eat generally healthy foods, and I am a lifelong runner who paid for most of my college by competing in Division 1 track and cross country. I lost all the weight I gained with my healthy (7.1 pounds, 20 inch) baby within one week of delivery. According to popular culture, this makes me not “real” at best, and, if you listen to popular music, it might make me a “silicone Barbie doll” or a “skinny bitch.””

Author: Laura Finley
Published in: Huntington News http://www.huntingtonnews.net/109212
The Battle Creek Enquirer http://www.battlecreekenquirer.com/story/opinion/columnists/2015/03/23/laura-finley-women-real-just/70351712/
Las Vegas Informer http://lasvegas.informermg.com/2015/03/25/real-women/
The sierra County Prospect http://www.sierracountyprospect.org/2015/03/25/not-actually-real-32515/ Grassroots Press http://www.grass-roots-press.com/2015/03/28/on-real-women/
The Amador Ledger Dispatch http://www.ledger-dispatch.com/news/a-lesson-on-real-women
Press Enterprise http://www.pressenterpriseonline.com/daily/032515/page/11/story/weight-does-not-define-real-woman
The Free Weekly http://www.freeweekly.com/2015/03/26/on-real-women/
Tacoma Weekly http://issuu.com/tacomaweekly/docs/twa_4.03.15_p01
Date: March 21,23,25,26,28,April 3,2015

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