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This project began in early 2009 when Becky sent Jill a link to this post on Shapely Prose. We began to talk about bodies. We wanted to talk about our own: what they look like, what they do, what we think about them. And we wanted to talk about all our bodies: health and positivity, discrimination, sexual violence, and power.

We wanted a space to talk about bodies. So, here we are.
For questions, comments, or if you want to guest blog: contact us at happybodiesblog@gmail.com

Contributors:

Jill, class of 2009, is a political science major on paper, but an anthropologist at heart. Concerned with reproductive justice, she is routinely able to pass off her interest in babies as legitimate scholarship.

Emily, class of 2009, is a history major interested in sexual violence prevention, LGBTQ issues, sex-ed and cheesecake.

Becky, class of 2010, is a history major who thinks everything’s best when it’s personal and passionate. She’s interested in sexual violence prevention, blaming the patriarchy, and hosting dance parties.

Lisa, class of 2009, is a Spanish teacher with a weakness for linguistics and cheese.

Jacque, class of 2011, is happy to live in a society where she can garden, sew, wear high heels, sing, and cook because she WANTS to, not because those are the only things society lets her do, and where she can ski, play soccer, chop wood, watch baseball, pursue farming, and wear flannel man shirts too. She rejoices that she can write, make art, sing, wander, and live freely. She lives in a changed society. And that is why she knows that someday, it will be socially RIGHT for women to love their bodies and themselves, no matter what they look like.

Davi, class of 2009, is a political science major (who dabbles in Spanish). She enjoys Scrabble, pug dogs, and powerful women!

Jane, class of 2010, is a an international relations major and French concentrator with a weakness for white wine and anything related to women and/or queer women. Currently obsessed with Ani DiFranco, she likes indie music, arguing about how patriarchy is represented in classic literature, and preserving her optimistic hopes for change and equality.

Carolyn, class of 2011, is an Asian Studies major with a disciplinary base in Sociology/Anthropology. As the oldest of three daughters, she grew up feeling that she was the most awkward body-wise. She has since eradicated those thoughts from her mind and celebrates her body by having random dance sessions alone in her room.

Britta, class of 2009, is a Spanish and English major who likes balance and breakfast in bed.

Norma, class of 2012, is seriously into feminism, social justice, political theory, obnoxious internet memes, and the 100% greatness that is Abraham Lincoln. Social norms deconstruction in the hizzy!

Katie, class of 2010, is a Human Ecology (environmental studies) major from Michigan who is is into food and supportive/creative communities for all.

A documentary about us! Thanks, Anna.

15 Comments leave one →
  1. abodyrevolution permalink
    April 16, 2009 10:27 AM

    Ladies, this is a great blog! You might want to add an RSS feed to the home page so that someone can just click on it to follow you. Currently, there is only an RSS feed option when you comment or you can add it manually. I hope you don’t mind me saying this…. it’s only because I wanted to add your fantastic blog to my bloglines and had to do it manually :)

  2. happybodies permalink*
    April 16, 2009 11:28 AM

    We’re glad you like the blog! I’ll work on adding an RSS feed one-click option.

  3. Davi permalink
    April 16, 2009 6:54 PM

    can I be a contributer? I just realized I come across lots of things (often while procrastinating!) that might be good additions to the website.

    • Jill permalink
      April 16, 2009 6:55 PM

      Totally. I’ll send you an email right now with the info.

  4. Ashley permalink
    April 19, 2009 1:38 AM

    I absolutely love this blog, my boyfriend who attends Carleton, told me about the posters up around campus and the meetings and then showed me this blog. I then proceeded to read all of the entries and many entries on other blogs that were linked from here.

    It’s always very refreshing to find another body positive, sex positive blog. Keep up all the amazing work because I love everything I’m reading.

    • happybodies permalink*
      April 19, 2009 1:43 AM

      Ashley, welcome! We’re so glad you like the blog, and we hope if you’re ever on campus on a Friday you’ll join us for body positivity discussion group!

  5. redondillas permalink
    May 19, 2009 10:16 PM

    Hey, y’all! It’s Norma, and I’ve decided that I want to get in on this posting thing. Is that doable?

  6. Kat Allred permalink
    March 22, 2010 8:00 PM

    Wow this is extremely powerful. I am glad there are other colleges that actually have an opinion on the fight against sexual violence. Is Carleton partaking in the world wide event “Take back the Night”?

  7. April 13, 2010 11:54 PM

    Just saw the video and I got really moved that young women are taking matters into their own hands and helping people feel good about themselves! Congratulations! It was really nice to “meet” you and see your faces. And I absolutely love India Arie, she’s a great song writer, her messages are awesome.
    Everyday I wake up with the song “video” in the alarm clock of my phone and it’s a great way to start the day! Love the blog and I loved the video!

  8. June 3, 2010 10:18 PM

    Just saw the video and I got really moved that young women are taking matters into their own hands and helping people feel good about themselves! Congratulations! It was really nice to “meet” you and see your faces. And I absolutely love India Arie, she’s a great song writer, her messages are awesome.Everyday I wake up with the song “video” in the alarm clock of my phone and it’s a great way to start the day! Love the blog and I loved the video!
    +1

  9. September 13, 2010 3:49 PM

    Great blog!

  10. October 26, 2010 5:47 AM

    Simply love your concept and content…not to mention: BRAVA to such a brilliant group of intelligent and creative women! I look forward to reading much much more! Bext, Dr.C.

  11. happybodies permalink*
    March 11, 2011 5:53 PM

    Thank you for the support everyone! This has been an incredible project to be a part of.

  12. Regina permalink
    April 9, 2012 3:11 PM

    This is a very good blog for women! I really enjoyed reading your articles, we as women definitely need to make our voices heard.

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