If you have a body, you have a beach body. It doesn’t have to look a particular way because swimsuits are for everyone. That’s the point Jewish novelist and feminist Jennifer Weiner made in her…recent Instagram post. In it, she does indeed display her “beach body.” Here is her post, with her inspiring, body-positive comment: Happy Fourth! This is the swimsuit I’ll be wearing to the beach this holiday weekend. I know we are inching – slowly! – toward the idea that you don’t have to be a size… >> Read More
My son, Aviv, sat perched on his Uncle Gil’s lap as Gil read him a book. Aviv cocked his head to one side, took Gil’s hand in his, and squeezed it. The look in his eyes changed and he looked…down, opening his hand. “Where is your hand? Dod Gil, where are your fingers?” Three and a half years--and more than half a dozen visits with his uncle--and this was the first time that Aviv noticed that Gil was missing all of the fingers on his right hand other than his thumb. “I was born… >> Read More
The holidays are a time of joy, togetherness, and feelings of good for all man and womankind, right? Of course.
The holidays also seem to be a time when I hear more and more women than I can count…talk about their fear, insecurity, and anxiety about their bodies going into the holidays: fear of gaining weight, insecurity about how they already weigh more than they'd like to, anxiety about the expectations surrounding food at this time of year... In my typical scrooge fashion, I would like to call attention to the absurdity of… >> Read More
Now that awards season is over, I am pretty sure it's OK and authentic to say that I am tired of writing about dresses, SPANX, and expectations of wins and losses. I feel like writing about…parenting again. So here we go. I read a piece on the internet about whether or not to "force" children to kiss their parents or grandparents (or anyone else for that matter). It included the author's decision to let her child know that when she gets kisses she's "happy mama" and when she doesn't get… >> Read More
As many of you know, a fashion-y photo shoot recently came out in Regard Magazine (it begins on page 110). I've never done a shoot like this before and, who knows, I may never do one like this…again. In all seriousness, my shoot with Regard Magazine was very efficient (we did about 15 looks in under three hours). For many reasons which I won't go into, this is not the kind of shoot I'm normally asked to do, and I would definitely file this one under "outside of my comfort zone." The… >> Read More