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Thursday, February 2nd, 2012
10:52 am
[fallingfae]
zine about eating disorders
I'm re-posting this for a friend. Please submit if you're interested!

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CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS!

i'm working on a zine about problems with food and eating disorders.
won't you please contribute?!

here's the gist of it:

who gets eating disorders?? straight white upper class cis women??

and why?? because all they care about is how they look? they're
trying to please their boyfriends? they have low self-esteem? they
have too much time on their hands? they're self absorbed? they're
superficial? they're clueless?

sound familiar? i want to challenge this common understanding of
problems with eating and eating disorders.

lots of people have problems with eating and eating disorders,
especially people who experience one or more forms of oppression.
problems with eating and eating disorders often serve as coping
mechanisms, attempts to manage the physical and psychic violence we
experience on a daily basis in a white supremacist capitalist
colonialist ableist patriarchy.

resonate?? send me your work! i want your poetry, i want your
prose, i want your art. i want to compile a zine that is part
personal narrative, part political analysis. i hope it can serve as a
resource for people who struggle with eating, as well as our allies,
in activist communities.

a few ideas of places to start:

* the term 'eating disorder.' its use, its limitation

* what's your story? what does/did your struggle with food look like?
restrictive eating, compulsive eating, emotional eating, anorexia,
bulimia, ???

* your experience of struggling with food in radical/activist
communities. in queer and trans communities. in fat positive
communities.

* problems with eating and: race, class, gender, sexuality, ability

* problems with eating and sexual abuse/violence

* problems with eating and mental health

* problems with eating and artistic practice

* problems with eating and activist work

* healing process

* new visions of recovery that include social justice

* AND ANYTHING ELSE YOU DREAM UP!!

please send me your stuff by april 1, 2012. email is:
wearewritingazine@gmail.com. if you prefer snail mail, get in touch,
i'll give you the addy. thank you. can't wait to hear from you.
Friday, February 11th, 2011
1:02 pm
[foreverfreeluv]
More friends, more support at new community: 'luv_is_beauty'
Hey friends!

Here to tell you about, luv_is_beauty a new support community for those with/who have recovered from eating disorders/eating issues! The more friends and support the better, right?! Since luv_is_beauty is so brand spankin' new, its focus is extremely flexible and open to input! Help shape a new support community!! Come, check out luv_is_beauty's profile and journal and connect with more people who understand you!:)

Hope to see you there!

Ps. I have nothing but respect for ed_feminist and do not discriminate against anyone's opinions on eating or weight-loss. If you read luv_is_beauty's profile and find that it is not for you, I completely understand. I am not here to offend, or push ideas on anyone; I am simply suggesting you check out a new community to add to your supports on lj!

Xoxoxo

Current Mood: hopeful
Wednesday, December 16th, 2009
1:50 pm
[reillume]
"Her Power"
Hello! My name is Serafina. I am in recovery from an eating disorder and I just posted this on ed_ucate where someone commented and suggested I also post it here! Considering I am a feminist and this post is very much related to ed recovery & feminism, I thought it was a grand idea :)

I wanted to talk about this new and exciting project in my life called Her Power. It's an internet-based organization geared toward women that seeks to raise, promote, and spread awareness of the power that creative expression can possess in overcoming unhealthy coping behaviors, painful life experiences, and emotional stress; it will begin launching in January 2010 from its website at www.herpower.org.

We have a facebook fan page here, http://www.facebook.com/herpower, as well. I'm an alum of The Renfrew Center of Florida and I speak there often. I recently presented my plans for Her Power and received an overwhelming response of amazing feedback which only served to fan my creative fire even more. :)

If this cause interests you at all, please fan us on facebook! As I noted, the site will be up in January.

Also, for those of you in or around Nashville, Tennessee - I will be presenting at Middle Tennessee State University on February 23, 2010 during National Eating Disorders Awareness Week and everyone is invited! Comment and/or email me for more info.

I would also love more responses to this survey I created on the power of creative expression in recovery and I'm currently accepting submissions of creative work for the website!

Feel free to contact me either by commenting on this entry or emailing me at SERAFINA at HERPOWER dot ORG! Thank you so much for reading, keep creating and shining :)

~Serafina
Sunday, November 22nd, 2009
9:09 pm
[fallingfae]
eating disorders and borderline personality disorder
I'm currently working on an undergraduate thesis on eating disorders, and have noticed a common link between eating disorders and Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) in a lot of the literature. In my initial research, there were references to atypical and/or difficult patients being diagnosed with BPD, thus making them "inappropriate candidates for treatment" (yeah, it's really fucked up), but I noticed there are multiple references to BPD in the DSM-IV-TR section on eating disorders as well.

Does anyone know where the link between eds and BPD originated/how it became so well-established (or at least sufficiently well established to be referenced repeatedly in the DSM)? It seems like a pretty big stretch to me-- not that there aren't individuals with both, but to suggest that it's particularly common seems like a gross overstatement, especially considering how contested/controversial/problematic BPD diagnoses are prone to be in general. Mostly, it strikes me as a way to push aside patients who are difficult to treat/chronic cases, but there's got to be some research/documentation to justify this course of diagnosis/treatment, right?

Thanks!

(x-posted to ed_ucate).
Sunday, November 16th, 2008
5:56 am
[nchloe]
New.
 Hi everyone!
I had a livejournal years ago but am happy to be back, determined to find support on my path to recovery, and help others struggling with the same diseases/addictions/traumas. I will post tonight on my page a summary of my first step so those of you who want to can get to know me a little better. Thank you all for being here and looking forward to sharing my experiences, struggles, strengths, and hopes.
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
Niki
Tuesday, September 18th, 2007
10:33 pm
[scarletgeryon]
has anyone in this community read jonathan rosen's novel "eve's apple"? it's the story of a recent college graduate struggling with post eating disorder control issues from the perspective of her boyfriend who very eerily eroticizes the role of "healer" in their relationship (to the point of eroticizing the eating disorder itself.) it's intentionally provocative and a very good read if you're strong enough to delve into that sort of intensely conflicted territory...i'm not sure if i am. this book has a special way of breaking down all of my secret defense mechanisms and basically making me feel like shit.

anyhow, i'm reading the book for a class, and i know i'm going to have far too much to say on the subject, so i thought this might be a good arena for discussion if anyone else is familiar with the novel.
Saturday, September 15th, 2007
2:19 pm
[ahleesa]
This morning I over ate and then gave up caring, shut myself in my box and found some cake my grandmother left me.

I was feeling bad, angry, and guilty. Self-obsessed and self-inflicted emotions.

 
Then I read the a magazine…

 An article titled ‘Fat Chance…’ an article about celebrity thinness. “In 100 years, one can imagine, people will look back at the whittled, hipless female celebrities of today as victims of a cultural definition of beauty as strange as those Renaissance women who plucked the hairs from their foreheads to extend their hairlines to the tops of their heads.” Everyone’s eye has adjusted to the new reality that doesn’t reflect reality in the least.

 And an article about the rape of a woman in the newspaper.

 My problems suddenly become placed in perspective. And I step out of box to care about something beyond myself, but still something very close to me.

 That’s kind of how I work with my ED whilst being a feminist.

 I am 20 yrs old; 4 years I have been Bulimic. I study Contemporary Performance. I love reading Naomi Wolf, Donna Haraway and Andrea Dworkin.

 I am frustrated that I have all these strong values and ideals against mediated and cultural constructions of what it is to be a woman, yet fall prey to trying to fit in.

 It’s nice to find a place that combines these elements.

So, Hello!



Current Mood: bouncy
Wednesday, June 13th, 2007
11:35 pm
[tuu]
back
Hi,
i'm back, if anyone remembers me.
glad to see this still existed.
Wednesday, May 9th, 2007
5:05 pm
[lucie_cherry]
quotes
Does anyone here know  of some good quotes from feminists about eating disorders?
Monday, March 26th, 2007
9:22 pm
[carolyn_z]
please help support our rape crisis center if you can!
I'll be joining the 2nd annual benefit walk for Boston Area Rape Crisis Center on April 1st in Cambridge, MA and am seeking out sponsors. I'm almost sort of a little at my goal. Even a couple dollars helps!

Sponsor me online here:

http://www.firstgiving.com/carolynz

If you'd like to actually JOIN the walk, you can register online at
http://www.firstgiving.com/barcc

BARCC and all of the incredible survivors it serves, appreciate it so very much.



More info about BARCC and sexual assault:

It is estimated that one in four women and one in seven men are sexually abused at some point in thier lives. Approximately 85 percent of survivors knew their perpetator, whether it was a family member, intimate partner, co-worker, date, or "friend".

In the year 2000, the crime of rape remains the least reported, least indicted, and least convicted of any major felony. Only 16 out of 100 victims report the crime to police, and only 1 in 100 convicted rapists serve a prison term of more than one year.

BARCC is the second oldest rape crisis center in the country and provides emergency services, medical advocacy, legal advocacy, counseling, groups, and groundbreaking public education to our community for free.

Last year, BARCC served over 8,500 women, men and adolescents and reached out to individuals who are least able to otherwise access our services. These include adolescent boys and girls, financially disadvantaged women, linguistic minorities, women of color, the elderly, the homeless, and disabled women. BARCC provides these services to individuals in Cambridge as well as throughout the greater Boston area (within the Rte 128 belt).

We are run almost entirely by dedicated, intensively trained volunteers, and are in constant danger of having our limited government funding cut completely. 

So much good can happen if we come together!

See www.barcc.org.

Saturday, March 3rd, 2007
1:03 am
[kittywonderland]
Hi all
I'm Lauren, I'm an ardent feminist, I'm 21, I'm from Scotland, and I'm anorexic.

I'm currently seeing a counsellor, but could really use some support from people who've been through it.

x L x
Sunday, January 28th, 2007
5:14 am
[ragemoremouse]
Considering the war that my country is in....

considering the war that my cuntry is in....

and considering the war that is waged on my body....


it was beyond refreshing to watch the AntiWar Rally on the National Mall in Washington on CSPAN this early morning.  taped yesterday.

my heart soars watching this.
Saturday, December 30th, 2006
11:29 am
[ladyoracle]
Hi! I am writing a 3,000-word encyclopedia entry about "Eating Disorders" for a series called Battleground: Women and Gender.

My topics include: definitions, history, body image, gender, eds and the internet (both pro-ana and mia sites, as well as pro recovery sites like THIS ONE and somethingfishy.org), and treatment/recovery.

Is there anything you think is missing from my list of topics?

And don't worry. I am going to keep this article factual, yet not graphic so that there should be no tips or triggers for the readers.
Friday, November 10th, 2006
7:52 am
[broadwaybitch]
Sunday, August 13th, 2006
5:46 pm
[v_ra]
it would be amazing if something got going in this community again.
its completely understandable that no one really thinks about their ed until it becomes a problem; until they think they look fat one day or gain a few pounds, at which point this community becomes obsolete because youre too ashamed to post about your <600 calorie, 3hour workout regime. and its sad that we're ashamed but we're also struggling and its really fucking hard. and its really difficult to make fake journals and hide from all of your friends, because youre worried more about them finding out you care about your weight than the measures you take to control it.

jesus there are 200 members in this community and for some reason i doubt everyones in recovery. i sure as hell doubt anyones past this. whatevs, thats all i got.
Saturday, August 12th, 2006
10:24 pm
[fallingfae]
so, i know this community is pretty quiet these days, but it was the most appropriate place i could think of for this post.

i've just started reading "eating in the light of the moon," a recovery-oriented book that integrates mythology and storytelling into the recovery process. the book was recommended to me by a therapist and sounded promising -- i like the idea of reintroducing ourselves to stories that allow women to honor their bodies (and themselves!), especially seeing how we live in a culture that feeds us so much of the opposite.

now, mind you, i'm only a few chapters in, but it's already starting to piss me off. so far, there's been a huge emphasis on the masculine vs. the feminine -- the reason women idealize a prepubescent, boy-ish body is because they are trying to mimic men, who are considered superior & more powerful in our society. there's a lot of talk about yin and yang, that we have to embrace our feminine characteristics as well as the masculine ones that are more validated by society, etc, etc.

now i realize that we live in a patriarchal culture that devalues women, but one of my biggest complaints about said patriarchal culture is the fucking gender roles and characteristics it assigns. and i am really bothered by so-called women-empowering books that reinforce those roles. yes, it sucks that we live in a culture that stereotypes women as emotional, irrational, relationship-centered nurturers. but what really sucks is being told that these are my "feminine qualities" and that my intellect and independence are "masculine."

but apparently, the key to my eating disorder lies in the fact that i have "an overly dominant inner masculine aspect that continually tries to control the inner feminine."

i understand that the masculine/feminine yin/yang model is more about balance than gender, and i think it's true that most women with eating disorders struggle to find that balance.

but it's really hard for me to stomach a text that implies that my eating disorder is actually an attempt to be more like a man, because it's a culture that values men & so-called masculine qualities more than it values women or the feminine.

and why is necessary to gender those characteristics in the first place? doesn't calling intuitive, emotional, nurturing qualities "feminine" -- while calling intellect, autonomy and reason "masculine" -- just further perpetuate gender stereotypes and sexism?

if anyone else has read this book, i'd love to hear your thoughts. like i said, i'm only a few chapters in, so perhaps it will redeem itself yet. all the same, right now i'm just another angry feminist.
Friday, July 7th, 2006
6:29 pm
[johnnyboysriot]



We are a new community promoting
support of ALL eating disorders to 
those who have a desire to live a life
beyond this disease! Please join and
invite anyone you feel can benefit from
Life Beyond Eating Disorders

Monday, February 20th, 2006
3:29 pm
[punkisdead]
The Politics of Starvation- cross posted
I want to do a "cyber ethnography" on politically progressive people or acivists/would be activists who have suffered through or are suffering through eating disordered behavior.
Does anyone on here politically connect their eating disorder?

Do any of you identify with sentiments similar to this one:

"Thank God I have this body for which to focus on and hate and spend all my time trying to fix, change, lessen. Thank God I can try and fix my outside because I just know that (the way we treat the world, global capitalism, expoloitation, meat consumption, animal curently, racism, sexism, classism, war, etc etc etc) is beyond repair."

If so, could I interview you online? Or ask for a submission?
Friday, February 10th, 2006
10:12 pm
[starmkrmachine]
Hey everyone,

If anyone is interested in an eating disorder discussion / awareness / activism group based in New York City, email me at kolormehappygirl@aol.com

Thanks!
Wednesday, February 8th, 2006
4:52 am
[softanimal]
can anyone recommend some good reading on anorexia/bulimia and feminism?

memoir styles preferred, but all suggestions are needed.

thanks so much.
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