Self Care & Self Love

The danger of To The Bone

By Sophia Simon-Bashall Content note – eating disorders, anorexia Netflix have done it again. They’ve managed to create something dangerous, and they’re trying to pass it off as helpful, a conversation starter. The show Thirteen Reasons Why (which, somehow, is being renewed – help us all) came under a significant amount of criticism, all of which was…

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My disorder

A poem by Rousseau Duclos Content Note: depression, EDNOS, eating disorders, mental illness, self-hatred My disorder is just that, it’s a disorder, a realm of chaos and confusion and hatred, of a mind that can’t quite grasp why but can’t stop either. My disorder is not a teenage girl with tiny thighs and a flat…

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Ode to the teenage diary

By Sophia Simon-Bashall I feel as though when I say that I keep a diary, people look at me differently. There’s something judgemental in their response. That’s something that I’m used to, because I was a teenage girl for a pretty long time, and I’m a massive One Direction fan – most people tend to…

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The literature of hope – a new series

By Anna Hill What exactly is hope? And how can we use it to keep going in the face of oppression, fear and trauma? I don’t have a solid answer for the first question (except maybe the words “warm yellow light” like physically, but also in ur soul), and as for the second I think…

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In defense of fanfiction

By Sophia Simon-Bashall I have been reading and writing fanfiction since I was 13 years old – I am almost 20 – and I am unashamed of that fact. I believe in the power of this medium. Middle-aged white men may not see the value inherent in fanfic, and the rest of the world may…

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Election Reaction: Trumping Trump

Content Note: Rape, sexual violence, racism It’s hard for us to have words for what’s happened in the US election. We’ve felt shocked, lost and broken, but we’re ready to fight. Here are some reactions to Trump’s win from the young women who write for us: Amy, UK – I was all set for election…

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In progress: learning to focus on happiness, not fitness

This post contains descriptions of disordered exercising and may be triggering to some readers. by Annemarie McDaniel Every Thanksgiving during middle school, my evening was broken down into two parts: the meal and the post-meal workout. The first half of the evening was like most typical Thanksgivings, filled with scarfing down turkey and mashed potatoes…

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I deserve ED recovery, and so do you

by Anya Josephs You deserve to get better. Even if your eating disorder isn’t typical. Even if you don’t have symptoms every day, or every week. Even if you aren’t underweight. Even if you haven’t had any physical consequences. Even if your eating disorder has just started. Even if your eating disorder has been going…

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