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Mary Katherine West

April 22, 2021

At UVA, I constantly feel like my worth and value is defined by my course load, grades, involvement, and extra curriculars. Even when it isn’t school work, I feel as if I constantly have to be doing something productive. This creates an unsustainable cycle of burnout. 

November 08, 2020

When trying to create a Body Positive atmosphere within our relationships, one area where we can potentially send messages that uphold societal standards and expectations is how we show love and praise to others.

If our only compliments to our friends and loved ones are based on their appearance, we inadvertently send the message that one’s value lies in their appearance. In addition, if we compliment someone on losing weight or appearing thinner, we uphold messages that glorify thinness as an ideal body type or goal.