Resolving Our Resolutions: Diets

I know that many people resolve to get fit, to lose weight, to change how they look, and then to change some aspects of their lives with the New Year. I’m interested in why that is, so I had a conversation with Amy Chestnutt, coordinator of the Women’s Center Eating Disorders Education Initiative. She says we need to change our minds about this kind of change. We need to change: 1) What we expect about how we look 2) What it means to change ourselves and how we go about it.

Coming Home (?!?)

LINGERR: I went home, I conquered home, and then I came back... home. I think figuring out what home means is difficult; difficult because it changes frequently and completely, and is entirely dependent on what I'm categorizing as where I live. Is your home: 1. Where you live now?: in which case, my home is Charlottesville. I miss it when I'm gone, I'm comfortable when I'm here. But surely that isn't enough? Is your home: 2. Where you grew up: so my homes would be California, and The Gambia.

Bad A** Woman of the Week: Janet Napolitano

There are many recipes for being a bada** woman. This is one that we particularly admire: Graduate from Santa Clara University with a Truman Scholarship as their first female valedictorian. Get your JD from the University of Virginia School of Law (WAHOOWA!). Serve as a clerk for the honorable Judge Mary Schroeder on the U.S Court of Appeals. Be the attorney general and then governor of Arizona. Become the third Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security.

Bodies We Want: Female Athletes at U.Va

Women between the ages of 18-21 are known to have the worst body image problems. But what about female athletes? ESPN claims that these are women who are supposed to have the "best" bodies that most females idolize. We wanted to hear what the athletes had to say about their changing bodies. How do they feel bench-pressing more weight than their male friends and boyfriends? How do they feel having to stretch out their shirts to fit over their muscles? How do they feel when other girls call them intimidating?

Do they think it is worth it?

Gender, Identity, and Social Media

We live in an age of social media. Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn…if you can connect to it, we’re on it. How do we make sense of the undeniable lure of these virtual communication avenues—is it our modern day society? Is it something internally motivated, maybe a fear of being alone? Perhaps it is a combination of both? And furthermore, what does this inescapable intermingling of communication, social media, and the virtual world mean for society’s vision of gender?

Iris Playlist Two: Spoooky!

Hauntingly selected by Addie Bender. We’re getting ready for Halloween here at the Iris office! You’re going to want to turn up the bass on this playlist, which features some of the most classic EDM anthems of the past year or two. We couldn’t leave out the original Halloween jams either- check out the “Monster Mash” and of course, Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”! This playlist was inspired by an awesome event coming to Charlottesville on Wednesday, October 31st- Barstool Blackout! It will be hosted at the Jefferson Theater, one of Charlottesville’s best music venues.

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