I’ve been struggling the last few days to reconcile the fact that we have a woman as the Democratic candidate for President of the United States of America and yet we still live in a world where:

  • The Republican candidate for President can say openly that a woman who is harassed in the workplace should just change jobs, and he is not immediately laughed and booed off the campaign trail (Washington Post article);
  • A man can call the bookstore where I work and feel free to tell me that he will move to another country if “that FAT BITCH” Hillary actually becomes President;
  • Discovery Girls magazine (for girls ages 8-12) gives out the friendly advice to wear swimsuits with big block patterns to disguise being “rounder in the middle” (CBC News article).

No wonder I feel compelled to Google pictures of other women who are my height and weight to see what I really look like to others.  I cringe when I hear myself saying, “I am fat” out loud, because my daughter has been banned from uttering the word since she was 4 years old.  What is wrong with me, I ask, and shake my head. I vow to do better tomorrow, even though I know it’s the medication that is necessary for my health and well-being that is stopping me from losing weight.

Then, this morning, I saw this video:

 

And, I feel like maybe the world is moving in the right direction after all, since admitting there is a problem is the first step, right?