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My Body Is NSFW

Kelsey Miller launched The Anti-Diet Project on Refinery29 in 2013. Since then, the radical concept of body positivity has gone mainstream: the anti-retouching movement began, #fatkini took off, and Tess Holliday became the first size 22 supermodel. But have we really made progress — or just headlines? Large bodies are still flagged as "inappropriate" on social media. Kelsey gets threatening comments when she so much as shows bare arms in photos. Tess is barraged daily with harassment and outright abuse. Readers voice vitriolic "concern" about what these women are "promoting." On the internet, plus-size bodies are still not safe for work. And the internet is where we live our lives.

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  1. Does mainstream body positivity truly encompass all bodies, or is there a threshold of acceptability regarding what we want to see online?
  2. How can we challenge our own unconscious biases using media outlets and social platforms as tools?
  3. In a world where overt bullying is universally maligned, concern trolling has become more prevalent. How can we identify and address this issue?



Kelsey Miller, Author & Sr Features Writer, Refinery29

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