Discussion of news topics with a point of view, including narratives by individuals regarding their own experiences

At all times — but especially around the new year women are surrounded by messaging about how to become thinner. Last year I found myself wanting to exercise more and lose weight, but I was afraid I only wanted it because of social conditioning. As the author of a graphic novel with body-positive themes, I worried that if I lost weight, I would be visibly caving to patriarchal beauty standards. Eventually, I realized that I had to listen to my own body and do what felt right to me — a skill I learned from great feminist women in my life.

I am not writing this piece to be prescriptive about losing weight or not losing weight. I want to share that learning to listen to my body and hear it above the cultural narratives was difficult, but very rewarding.

The Women’s March is almost here. These are the hard questions I must ask of the movement.

As a white woman, I can’t risk repeating the failures of our past

The Lily published work from over 70 female artists this year. See our favorites.

Stories, murals, a tote bag and a zine