Dunham deconstructs before-and-after photos, all in name of body positivity

Lena Dunham is never afraid to make a point, and she did just that recently, this time using her own photos.

According to HuffPost, the actor and “Girls” showrunner took to Instagram to post two side-by-side photos that illustrated how her body has changed in the past few years. In the caption, HuffPost says she used the space to discuss how each difference in her body came with a difference in her mindset — and vice versa.

“On the left: 138 pounds, complimented all day and propositioned by men and on the cover of a tabloid about diets that work. Also, sick in the tissue and in the head and subsisting only on small amounts of sugar, tons of caffeine and a purse pharmacy,” she wrote. “On the right: 162 pounds, happy joyous & free, complimented only by people that matter for reasons that matter, subsisting on a steady flow of fun/healthy snacks and apps and entrees, strong from lifting dogs and spirits”

Showing that being thinner doesn’t always mean that someone is happier (or healthier), HuffPost says Dunham ended her post by admitting that sometimes she looks at the ‘before’ picture “longingly,” even as an “OG body positivity warrior.” But then she “sometimes looks at the left picture longingly, until I remember the impossible pain that brought me there and onto my proverbial knees.”

Ending on the words, “As I type I can feel my back fat rolling up under my shoulder blades. I lean in,” encouraging all of us to “lean in” to who we are and accept ourselves as we are.

Female journalists take to Twitter to protest bracket ranking reporters

Women in the news industry are #MoreThanABabe, and they are making sure that it’s well known.

According to HuffPost, female reporters, anchors and meteorologists are flooding Twitter with the hashtag as a form of protest against a “radio station in Little Rock, Arkansas, that has refused to end its long-running ‘Babe Bracket’ ranking local female reporters and anchors by attractiveness.”

HuffPost says that the bracket, which has been run for over two decades by KABZ-FM 103.7, has been “pitting 16 women against each other,” with a “morning show’s listeners ultimately voting on who makes it through each round.” But in the wake of the #MeToo movement, female professionals from around the country and in all facets of the media industry are speaking up and fighting back.

“I am a working mom of two, a wife, a daughter, an AMS Certified Meteorologist, a math and science nerd, a video game enthusiast 🙂 and SO much more. I choose not to be ranked based solely on my looks because I am ” tweeted Natalie Walters, a meteorologist at FOX16 and KARK4 News in Little Rock.

“I worked harder than the next person to get to where I am in my career. I work on my days off to network and inspire. I moderate a group of thousands of women, so they can feel supported. I am ,” tweeted Debra Alfarone, a news anchor at WUSA9 in Washington, D.C.

It’s safe to say that these hard-working women are #MoreThanABabe.

 

Union helps body-shamed news anchor

You know how the saying goes: “When they go low, we go high.” And that’s exactly what Gabrielle Union did when helping out a news anchor who was met with body shaming from a viewer.

According to Glamour, after the multi-hyphenate heard the story of Georgia news anchor Laura Warren, who was “called out for wearing a formfitting dress while pregnant” and reportedly called “too disgusting to be on TV,” Union decided to step in and not only share Warren’s story, but also make the news anchor feel as beautiful as she should.

Posting Warren’s tale to Instagram and Twitter as her #WomanCrushWednesday, Glamour says Union praised her for not succumbing to her critic’s comments.

“Instead of letting this [body shaming] bring her down, she fought the good fight and decided to turn the negative energy into positive by saying nice things to as many people as possible and spreading love,” she wrote, according to Glamour. “Plus, she continues to wear whatever feels good to her while on TV! Keep doing you, Laura!”

But Union didn’t stop there: Glamour says she also promised to send Warren some pieces from her New York & Company clothing collection.

A happy ending indeed!

Machado minimizes Instagram trolls

Leave it to former Miss Universe Alicia Machado to teach us all how to deflect negative comments from online trolls.

According to Glamour, after the TV personality posted a photo to Instagram of herself at the Premios Tu Mundo award show, some naysayers decided to interrupt a string of positive comments left on her photo with nasty remarks aimed at her weight. Writing things such as “the extra pounds are noticeable” and “you’re overweight in my opinion,” Glamour says Machado deftly deflected the negativity in a single sentence.

“Yes, and I still have another five pounds more to gain to appear even fatter for the next character that I will be playing,” she fired back.

This isn’t the first time that Machado was subject to body shaming comments, with Glamour reminding us of her role in the 2016 presidential election, when Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton defended her against then-candidate Donald Trump, who body-shamed her after she won his 1996 Miss Universe Pageant and continued to comment of her weight thereafter.

But clearly, Machado can hold her own — all while teaching us something about owning our own bodies in the process.

 

Raisman raises standards on body shaming

Girls are strong, and if you can’t see it, get over it — that’s the message behind Olympian Aly Raisman’s latest string of tweets directed at some very rude body shamers.

According to For The WinRaisman shared a recent encounter with some less-than-friendly TSA agents who identified her by her muscles and continued to comment on her appearance. Raisman tweeted that while one said she “recognized [her] by [her] biceps,” the other male TSA agent said he didn’t see her muscles and then proceeded to stare at the gymnast.

Calling the situation “rude and uncomfortable,” Raisman went on to school everyone on what body shaming means.

“I work very hard to be healthy & fit. The fact that a man thinks he judge my arms pisses me off I am so sick of this judgmental generation,” she tweeted. “If u are a man who can’t compliment a girls [muscles] you are sexist. Get over yourself. Are u kidding me? It’s 2017. When will this change?”

Hopefully tweets like Raisman’s can at least begin to change this culture.