Updated: Jul 24
In this issue: Toxic Diet Culture, Body-Shaming Chronicles, an Interview with Alex Abenojar, the Faces of the BODY Revolution, and more...
Message from the Editors
A lot of people include body-related goals to their New Year's resolutions. But they're not always coming from a positive or healthy mindset. Some people aspire to have a "new body" because of negative body image issues, low self-esteem, or toxic beauty standards from society. Others are taught to hate how they look, no matter what size they're in. Both of us have had our fair share of insecurities when it comes to the way we look. Even after becoming feminists, we still struggle with body issues and are continuously trying to unlearn toxic mentalities.
In the first issue of tffs. Magazine, we want to discuss relevant matters that affect how our bodies are perceived, accepted, and understood by ourselves and by society. E attempts to dismantle diet culture because of how it perpetrates eating disorders and benefits companies that peddle laxatives and appetite suppressants to the masses. J also talks about body-shaming, particularly, how she has faced criticisms about her weight gain, which was caused by PCOS.
Moreover, we interviewed Alex Abenojar, a wonderful woman who was diagnosed with lupus in 2016, who shared her touching story with us. In spite of her diagnosis, she continues to challenge the definition of beauty by looking at her "imperfections" as mementos of the great life she's living. It's an understatement to say that were so inspired after our conversation with her, so we can't wait for you all to read all about her!
Aside from these, there are other great stuff in this issue, including a curation of books and videos that help us get through days when we don't like what we see in the mirror. We're also looking back at our #WomanWednesday Instagram features for January and discussing how these four women are leading the revolution against toxic beauty standards. Some of our followers have also generously contributed written works and art, and you can find them all in here.
The BODY Issue is all about recalibrating the way we look at our bodies so that we can start to embrace and celebrate our unique characteristics despite what society may have taught us to believe. We hope that this issue inspires at least one person to love her body more and to be grateful for everything it does on a day-to-day basis.
Thank you to everyone who came here to support the first issue of tffs. Magazine! We worked so hard on it, so we hope you enjoy it.
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Table of Contents
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Unapologetically Alex Morena skin, unshaved armpits, prominent stretch marks—what society sees as flaws, Alexandra Abenojar is proud to celebrate. On a cloudy Saturday afternoon, The Filipina Feminists had a talk with this strong and awesome woman about her lupus diagnosis and long journey to self-love.
The Chronicles of a Body-Shamed Woman Hop on J's diary pages as she tells the story of her PCOS journey. She includes as well how she copes when the symptoms hit hard and useful tips on how to live your PCOS life to the fullest. It's somewhat about weight but it's much, much more than that.
Break Your Toxic Resolutions In this opinion piece, E talks about what diet culture is, why it is toxic, and how it impacts everyone's self-esteem. She also discusses celebrity and influencer culpability as well as gives a few tips on how you can break your toxic resolutions.
The Faces of the Body Revolution This January, The Filipina Feminists featured four women who are leading the revolution against toxic beauty standards. Iza Calzado, Jameela Jamil, Sophie Mayanne, and Cai Cortez are teaching us to love and accept our bodies more by challenging the status quo.
TFFs Picks: 10 Body-Positive Videos and Books For days when you find it particularly challenging to love and embrace your body, these 10 videos and books will remind you that your imperfections are worth celebrating.
From Our Readers
Of the Brave and Isolated: A Poem by Angelica Mitra
Get Out of the Sun: Art and Poetry by Michelle Mateo
So Taba Taba: Art and Poetry by Michelle Mateo
Let's REALLY talk about bodies: Art and Poetry by Syme de Leon
Dear Thin Person: An Epistolary Essay by CultureCurves