Rachael Hope
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The world can’t get enough of celebrity weight loss stories. Before and after pictures are prime time front page material, and once it starts it doesn’t stop for months or even years. What did she eat? What diet was she on? What is she wearing now? Who is her trainer…

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The first headline I saw was on the front page of CNN.

Man arrested for raping a woman on a SEPTA train while other riders failed to intervene, authorities say

Wait…. what? I read the article once. I read it again. I googled it and found more headlines:

A woman…

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Online dating isn’t all bad. After all, I met my partner through a Craigslist Ad, and he’s amazing. I’ve met some great people through apps like OK Cupid and Tinder. Some days, it’s fun and flirty and fruitful. Today is not one of those days.

The Setup

Last night, I log in…

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In Bellingham, Washington, we have one hospital. PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center is the only hospital, and the only ER, within a 35 minute drive of downtown. PeaceHealth also runs over a dozen other medical facilities in my town, including a Cancer Care center, clinics, OBGYN and more.

At the…

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As I’ve gotten more and more entrenched in the worlds of true body liberation and fat acceptance, the pervasiveness of diet culture has been overwhelming. A few years ago, I probably would have thought diet culture was mostly just companies like Jenny Craig and the way that new scientifically proven…

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Some women call their stretchmarks tiger stripes, proud of the work they’ve been through, the way their bodies roared and morphed to create them. People covet their scars as reminders of the things they’ve experienced, traumas and triumphs. And from my first scene, I relished being marked.

Bruises bloom under…

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The articles began to appear immediately after Sports Illustrated put on their annual swimsuit issue runway show, which took place the weekend of July 10.

‘Inclusive’ Sports Illustrated Swimsuit show features plus-sized models

Sports Illustrated Swimsuit show celebrates body diversity on Miami runway

Sports Illustrated kicks off swimsuit issue with…

Rachael Hope

Polyamorous, loud laughing unapologetic feminist, rad fatty, and epic sweet tooth.

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