Sometimes waking up in the morning can feel like entering a war zone. Messages bombard us on every side: “Look like this!” “Dress like that!” “Eat this, not that!” “Try this miracle weight loss cure, and you can finally be happy and worthwhile as a human being!” Sometimes, it can be hard to remember that there’s another way to function.

The Body Pacifist is your proverbial olive branch, your retreat from the chaos. Here, body-negative norms are dissected, discussed, and discarded. Here, every body is acceptable, because it is yours, and therefore your jurisdiction. Here, recovery is tracked and celebrated, every step of the way. Every long, hard, seemingly impossible step towards the greatest thing of all: a world without eating disorders, fat shaming, body judgment, or self-hate.

This is in no way meant to substitute for real-time, professional support. That said, there are few things more lonely than thinking you’re the only one going through these kinds of problems with your body and yourself.

You’re not. We’re in this together.

And together, we can enact change through awareness and a refusal to settle for the status quo.


Now, fast facts about me.

Name: Allison Epstein.

Occupation: Marketing copywriter, historical fiction enthusiast, aggressive Michigan football fan, fiction writer with a thing for smooth-talking demons in three-piece suits. Check out my online portfolio here, if that floats your boat.

Former occupation: Up until recently, I was an editor of Adios Barbie, an online body image community that provides articles and resources for readers of all body types and identities. I can’t rep this site hard enough — it’s been preaching the body positive gospel since 1998. Go check it out: Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Advocates for: Body positivity, eating disorder recovery and awareness, and the Oxford comma.

Other interests: I’m currently hard at work on revisions and rewrites on a historical fiction novel (too many revisions? Too hard at work? Difficult to say). Other than that, I’m into sleeping, rereading Tamora Pierce books, and loudly singing the entire Hamilton soundtrack in my car with no regard for strangers staring at me at stoplights. (I’m sorry you don’t understand joy, sir.)


  1. So you may or may not already know this based on the inordinate amount of notifications I am probably causing you to receive, but I have been really poking around your blog, and the reason is not because I am a creepy stalker or anything, I just think that it is so strange because I just feel like you are my brother from another mother… so to speak. I guess I just wanted to inform you that I like what you have to say, and I hope you continue to speak.

  2. Allison,
    Thank you for your contribution this week on The Outlier Collective. It was a kickass article.
    Le Clown

    1. Good point; thanks for bringing that up! As I look at the world as a woman, I’ll admit that I don’t have a lot of personal experience with issues specifically affecting men. However, I do try to make my experience relatable regardless of gender, since “body issues” absolutely do not discriminate on the basis of gender (or any basis, really). Let me know if I’m not addressing these topics in a way that works for you, or if there’s anything in particular you’d like me to talk about. I’m more than happy to take suggestions! 🙂

What do you think?

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s