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Yesterday at University was truly terrible, it shouldn’t have been terrible and to someone who doesn’t suffer anxiety it was a great day. But for those who know me pretty well, know I suffer from anxiety and I am very insecure, some of you even know that I seek validation for my facial features (looks). I am very insecure about my looks, having a full head of hair and a big beard had always made me feel more secure, why? Because it covered some of my face.the other day I was pressured into trimming my beard right down and cutting my hair short. The moment the towel was taken away from my neck all my insecurities came rushing back, every little thing I hated was once again highlighted to me. Forward onto university a few days later. By theory getting compliments about your new look should ease any anxieties, and for someone who enjoys validation it would be awesome for me. How wrong was I, with every compliment I got the more anxious I got, I was getting compliments from people I don’t really talk to, I was in anxiety overload, through years of practice I managed to divert any attention away from looks to something gross (I accidentally sat on my testicle), on my break I had to get away from it all, I sat on my own for the majority of my break. It’s really hard trying to escape from something I can’t escape from. I personally don’t feel I am ever going to see the person who looks at me when I look into the mirror.
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Yesterday at University was truly terrible, it shouldn’t have been terrible and to someone who doesn’t suffer anxiety it was a great day. But for those who know me pretty well, know I suffer from anxiety and I am very insecure, some of you even know that I seek validation for my facial features (looks). I am very insecure about my looks, having a full head of hair and a big beard had always made me feel more secure, why? Because it covered some of my face.the other day I was pressured into trimming my beard right down and cutting my hair short. The moment the towel was taken away from my neck all my insecurities came rushing back, every little thing I hated was once again highlighted to me. Forward onto university a few days later. By theory getting compliments about your new look should ease any anxieties, and for someone who enjoys validation it would be awesome for me. How wrong was I, with every compliment I got the more anxious I got, I was getting compliments from people I don’t really talk to, I was in anxiety overload, through years of practice I managed to divert any attention away from looks to something gross (I accidentally sat on my testicle), on my break I had to get away from it all, I sat on my own for the majority of my break. It’s really hard trying to escape from something I can’t escape from. I personally don’t feel I am ever going to see the person who looks at me when I look into the mirror.

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I’ve dealt with self-esteem issues for a really long time. Normally, I am very self-conscious and insecure about my size. I am a 12-14 and a DD cup in US sizes, and finding clothes that fit right, look good, and don’t aggravate my sensory problems (a result of Asperger’s, but that’s a story for another day) can be a very difficult and soul-crushing process for me. I have a lot of insecurities about how I look in clothes and how my face looks with my glasses most of the time, so I usually hide my body. 
Saturday night, I went to a party with my floormates. My first one, actually. I don’t dress up very much, and I almost never wear makeup or have my hair down. I’m usually wearing a shirt from the guys’ section, yoga pants, and a hoodie, and my hair is in a bun. That night, though, I got to doll myself up with some dark eye makeup and a cute top that I borrowed from one of my floormates. I felt really good about how I looked, so I took this selfie. I usually am not the type to take selfies, but I’ve heard that they can be a self-esteem boost, and I think I achieved that. I’ve been trying to love my curves for a long time, and I think this picture is a step in the right direction for me. 
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I’ve dealt with self-esteem issues for a really long time. Normally, I am very self-conscious and insecure about my size. I am a 12-14 and a DD cup in US sizes, and finding clothes that fit right, look good, and don’t aggravate my sensory problems (a result of Asperger’s, but that’s a story for another day) can be a very difficult and soul-crushing process for me. I have a lot of insecurities about how I look in clothes and how my face looks with my glasses most of the time, so I usually hide my body. 

Saturday night, I went to a party with my floormates. My first one, actually. I don’t dress up very much, and I almost never wear makeup or have my hair down. I’m usually wearing a shirt from the guys’ section, yoga pants, and a hoodie, and my hair is in a bun. That night, though, I got to doll myself up with some dark eye makeup and a cute top that I borrowed from one of my floormates. I felt really good about how I looked, so I took this selfie. I usually am not the type to take selfies, but I’ve heard that they can be a self-esteem boost, and I think I achieved that. I’ve been trying to love my curves for a long time, and I think this picture is a step in the right direction for me. 

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Parallel Magazine is a new British feminist magazine. We’re currently working on the first issue, due January 2015. Parallel is going to be a new women’s magazine that focuses on life through a feminist lens. Aimed at late teenage to young adult women, Parallel hopes to be a magazine that can introduce young women to the concept of feminism through the use of informative articles, which will work alongside references to modern pop culture i.e. music, films, fashion, and art. It will hope to subvert the format of modern celebrity-centric and fashion-oriented magazines in order to discuss relevant issues in modern society, like body positivity.
Parallel will be liberating, and empowering. It will talk about activism and achievements. It will feature strong women who are really making a difference in this world. It will be intersectional in its content, discussing race, gender, sexuality, and disability. The key aim of Parallel is to initiate feminist discussion within mainstream society.  
What can I do?
In order to get the magazine published, we need a readership, and that starts with you. The first issue is due to be released in January 2015, so effectively your donations will be acting as pre-orders for the magazine. You can either pre-order one issue, or buy a year’s subscription. Each option comes with the choice of no goodie bag, a small goodie bag, or a large goodie bag. For anyone interested in advertising, forming a partnership, or sponsoring us, we would prefer you to contact us before donating any money as we do have terms and conditions. The email address can be found below.
You can also get directly involved in several different ways.
Submissions:
Our first issue is open for submissions on the theme of “Liberation”, and we will accept anything from artwork to creative writing to articles to reviews.
Features:
We are currently looking to talk to/feature/review the following people/groups/events:
Female bands/musicians and/or upcoming album releases/gigs
Female art collectives and/or upcoming exhibitions
Feminist activist collectives
Feminist community groups
Independent feminist films
Feminist zines
Events:
If you have an event you’d either like us to review, or add to our events listing page, please send us an email.
I am #unashamedlyfeminist because…
To show your support to the magazine, send us photos or videos of yourself explaining why YOU are #unashamedly feminist. Your photo or video will be featured on our social media sites, including our blog, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. 
Sponsor us or partner up with us:
If you want to sponsor us or form a partnership, please send us an email!
To get involved with any of the aforementioned subjects, please email us at parallelmageditor@gmail.com PLEASE CHECK OUT OUR KICKSTARTER AND REBLOG!

Parallel Magazine is a new British feminist magazine. We’re currently working on the first issue, due January 2015. 
Parallel is going to be a new women’s magazine that focuses on life through a feminist lens. Aimed at late teenage to young adult womenParallel hopes to be a magazine that can introduce young women to the concept of feminism through the use of informative articles, which will work alongside references to modern pop culture i.e. music, films, fashion, and art. It will hope to subvert the format of modern celebrity-centric and fashion-oriented magazines in order to discuss relevant issues in modern society, like body positivity.

Parallel will be liberating, and empowering. It will talk about activism and achievements. It will feature strong women who are really making a difference in this world. It will be intersectional in its content, discussing race, gender, sexuality, and disability. The key aim of Parallel is to initiate feminist discussion within mainstream society.  

What can I do?

In order to get the magazine published, we need a readership, and that starts with you. The first issue is due to be released in January 2015, so effectively your donations will be acting as pre-orders for the magazine. You can either pre-order one issue, or buy a year’s subscription. Each option comes with the choice of no goodie bag, a small goodie bag, or a large goodie bag. For anyone interested in advertising, forming a partnership, or sponsoring us, we would prefer you to contact us before donating any money as we do have terms and conditions. The email address can be found below.

You can also get directly involved in several different ways.

Submissions:

Our first issue is open for submissions on the theme of “Liberation”, and we will accept anything from artwork to creative writing to articles to reviews.

Features:

We are currently looking to talk to/feature/review the following people/groups/events:

  • Female bands/musicians and/or upcoming album releases/gigs
  • Female art collectives and/or upcoming exhibitions
  • Feminist activist collectives
  • Feminist community groups
  • Independent feminist films
  • Feminist zines

Events:

If you have an event you’d either like us to review, or add to our events listing page, please send us an email.

I am #unashamedlyfeminist because…

To show your support to the magazine, send us photos or videos of yourself explaining why YOU are #unashamedly feminist. Your photo or video will be featured on our social media sites, including our blog, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. 

Sponsor us or partner up with us:

If you want to sponsor us or form a partnership, please send us an email!

To get involved with any of the aforementioned subjects, please email us at parallelmageditor@gmail.com 

PLEASE CHECK OUT OUR KICKSTARTER AND REBLOG!



Even though many people have pointed out that I am a slim girl, I still feel insecure about my body but it wasn’t until I took this picture did I finally get some confidence about my body :) (age 19)
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Even though many people have pointed out that I am a slim girl, I still feel insecure about my body but it wasn’t until I took this picture did I finally get some confidence about my body :) (age 19)

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Thigh highs aren’t strictly just for skinny gals, chubby ones can wear them too! I love these ones from sockdream.com.
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Hiii :)

Thigh highs aren’t strictly just for skinny gals, chubby ones can wear them too! I love these ones from sockdream.com.

Want to make my day? Follow my tumblr

s0wnbones.tumblr.com

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My name is Olive. I am a plus-size alternative lesbian model from Vermont. All my life I have battled depression, O.C.D, and severe anxiety. Yet I had only been diagnosed three years ago. I now have a wonderful body positive self image, but I haven’t always. I used to self harm and have eating disorders. My advice for people wanting to go into recovery is: AGGRESSIVE SELF LOVE. It really helped me. 
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My name is Olive. I am a plus-size alternative lesbian model from Vermont. All my life I have battled depression, O.C.D, and severe anxiety. Yet I had only been diagnosed three years ago. I now have a wonderful body positive self image, but I haven’t always. I used to self harm and have eating disorders. My advice for people wanting to go into recovery is: AGGRESSIVE SELF LOVE. It really helped me. 

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NSFW 18+, 
I love being naked. 
For some reason, I feel the most confident when everything is out there. Even though I love fashion and I love clothes. I love even more being able to see and feel all my soft flesh.
Starting in elementary school, I walked around with my stomach sucked in and my chest pushed out. I taught myself to stand and walk this way so I would be more attractive to boys. 
This was the start of how I would view my fat body for years to come. I would grab and manipulate my fat in the mirror, imagining how much better I could look if I moved my stomach fat to my breasts or my butt. I only felt confident in clothes that depicted my body as something it wasn’t—you know, what they call “flattering.”
Everything changed after realizing I was gay, because those ideas about how I believed men wanted me to look melted away. I realized that I’m the only person whose opinion matters about me. Now my hair is platinum blonde and pink, I have a fairy tattoo, I wear clothes that I love, and I love my short, round, squishy body. I feel like a teddy bear, I feel like fairies and fluffy kittens and marshmallows and clouds. I feel like an adorable mythological being. At 4’ 10” and 150 pounds and the way I present myself, I’m not like everyone else. I transcended normality. 
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NSFW 18+, 

I love being naked. 

For some reason, I feel the most confident when everything is out there. Even though I love fashion and I love clothes. I love even more being able to see and feel all my soft flesh.

Starting in elementary school, I walked around with my stomach sucked in and my chest pushed out. I taught myself to stand and walk this way so I would be more attractive to boys. 

This was the start of how I would view my fat body for years to come. I would grab and manipulate my fat in the mirror, imagining how much better I could look if I moved my stomach fat to my breasts or my butt. I only felt confident in clothes that depicted my body as something it wasn’t—you know, what they call “flattering.”

Everything changed after realizing I was gay, because those ideas about how I believed men wanted me to look melted away. I realized that I’m the only person whose opinion matters about me. Now my hair is platinum blonde and pink, I have a fairy tattoo, I wear clothes that I love, and I love my short, round, squishy body. I feel like a teddy bear, I feel like fairies and fluffy kittens and marshmallows and clouds. I feel like an adorable mythological being. At 4’ 10” and 150 pounds and the way I present myself, I’m not like everyone else. I transcended normality. 

BE BRAVE! JOIN THE BODY PEACE REVOLUTION!