Naomi Katz is a writer and teacher and the founder of Beautiful Project, a curricular initiative dedicated to building self confidence among adolescent girls and young women. For the past 15 years she has been working with young women on four continents. Her forthcoming book, Beautiful: Being an Empowered Young Woman will be available in March 2016. Follow her on Twitter: @NaomiAKatz and visit www.beautifulproject.net.
I was a fat teenager. That is a hard thing to be. I didn’t have a healthy perspective about my weight: I saw my body as separate from myself, and I didn’t want to identify with it. This most…certainly impacted my self-esteem and, of course, how I expected others to treat me. While I am thankfully at a different point now than I was in high school — both in terms of my size and my attitude — I still can’t say that I accept my body all the time. And even though… >> Read More
“Hey sexy...want to come home with me?”
It was 7 a.m. I was on the way to work. I felt sick as I entered the subway station, like a stranger had just undressed me with his eyes. His words…were actually harmless, but the way he looked at me made me feel dirty. I was 23 and teaching at a middle school in New York City. The girls in the school—who were probably closer to my age than many of the other teachers—often crowded around my desk, probably because I seemed—and looked—more like an… >> Read More