Author: Erin Brown

Are Fat Loss and Feminism Mutually Exclusive?
I identify as a feminist. That is: “A person who believes in the social, political and economic equality of the sexes.” —Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie I am unafraid of other definitions, often thrown around by folks who are directly threatened by...
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My Body, My Business
I spent a sizable part of my life obsessed with the notion that something was horribly wrong with my body. Specifically, that it was too big, and I needed to be smaller. Leaner. Skinny. It felt like that message was...
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Why I Put Myself First
I put myself first. On my to-do list. On my priority list. In my life. I was not taught to do this. I did not learn it in my home of origin or by watching women around me. In fact,...
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Sorry, Not Sorry: Things That Don't Require An Apology
It had been a long day in the trenches of mothering, working, striving to hit that ever-so-delicate balance of doing everything and feeling as though I’m losing. I stumbled a bit walking across the living room and out of my...
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A Letter to Fellow Survivors of Sexual Assault
To those who need it, In the wake of the Stanford rape case, a lot of difficult feelings have arisen for me. Whenever this topic surfaces in a powerful way, it unearths my own trauma in a fresh way. I...
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Attention, Men! How You Can Support Girls Gone Strong
As the Girls Gone Strong movement has grown, so has our support, not just from women, but from men. Men are increasingly realizing the importance of addressing issues specific to women and their bodies. Men like you who understand that...
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Help! My Daughter Thinks She's Fat!
Note from GGS: Often women ask Erin for advice on how to handle this conversation with their daughters. But it goes without saying that this advice applies to daughters and sons. At some point most (if not all) kids will...
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Body Shaming ANY Body Is Bad For Everybody
When I was obese, I encountered my share of body shaming. I was oinked at. My food choices were scoffed at. I was presumed to be lazy... among many other things. Some people even defended their hurtful words by saying...
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Love Yourself, But Not Too Much
By society’s standards, it seems there’s very little a woman can ever get “right.” As women, we’re supposed to be a perfect combination of features… many of which require possessing a certain set of genetic attributes. Though this arbitrary list...
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