The Orion

Battling to accept our bodies in a toxic society

Battling to accept our bodies in a toxic society

Alexis Harvey, Staff Writer

February 28, 2020

Body image is a term that is thrown around a lot in today's society, but what does it really mean? Body image describes our perceptions and attitudes towards our own physical appearance. It's how you perceive yourself and how you feel about your body, whether it's in a negative or positive light. ...

Don’t diet for image

Illustration by Miles Huffman

Allison Galbreath

February 15, 2015

  It seems everyone either wants to be or is on some kind of diet, whether it be Atkins, South Beach or some self-created set of restrictions. All these have one thing in common: they promise results and happiness to those unsatisfied with their appearance and body. Having those stark, un...

Guide to gay men’s body types

Illustration by Trevor Moore

Joseph Rogers

February 7, 2015

Lesbians and gay men have become normalized in pop culture to a point that terms we use to describe one another have become more commonplace. I was even asked by co-worker to define another staff member by these images. In an effort to explain some differences, here’s how body image types break down ...

All types of breasts need support

Illustration by Darian Maroney

Daisy Dardon

January 29, 2015

I have small breasts — and I love it. A year ago, I wouldn’t have been able to say that, but I have finally come to terms with my breasts and their size. I had hoped that I would be blessed with bigger boobs since everyone in my family has a cup size larger than my own. It seems that I may be ado...

Lay off of Barbie, blame the parents

Lay off of Barbie, blame the parents

Megan Mann

December 6, 2014

Growing up, my favorite toys were my Barbie dolls.I'd play with them all the time, dressing them up in outfits and sending them off on the most outrageous adventures my young mind could imagine.And although I practically lived and breathed Barbie, I never once looked at one of my dolls and thought, ...

Bizarre beauty fads boggle my mind

Alyssa Dunning

December 6, 2014

While searching on Pinterest for DIY projects I will never actually do, I came across a recipe for armpit bleaching lotion. I was completely baffled. When did I miss this trend? I started looking at my armpits in a different light and began to hate them.I was a monster.I knew I had to try this DIY magic p...

Tattoos can wait

Julianna Eveland

October 10, 2014

There's something about college that makes it feel like the prime time to get a tattoo.When I first came to Chico all my friends had cool tattoos. I was jealous. I felt young without any ink on my body, like an amateur. The only problem for me though, was my parents were absolutely against the idea of me ...

Club Spotlight: Embodied: Living the Health At Every Size Way

Debbie Devine, a local marriage and family therapist, answered questions about eating disorders for Chico State's Embodied club. Photo credit: Chelsea Jeffers

Dominique Diaz

March 31, 2014

A speaker stands in front of a handful of students in the room, their attention drawn to her compassionate and easygoing persona. "I’m like a joy whore," said Debbie Devine, a local marriage and family therapist. "I really want to enjoy life, and I want the people around me to.” Devine introduced a box that held extrinsic and intrinsic meaning....

The O-Face: Ponderance of pubic hair

Michael Karp

Michael Karp

March 19, 2014

Pubic hair, also referred to as the "love nest," the "'fro down low" and the "untamed jungle," sparks significant debate among the sexes. Questions of how long it should be make for many heated arguments. Even the media have taken it upon itself to address this issue. Cameron Diaz has becom...

The O-Face: Better body image improves sex

Michael Karp.

Michael Karp

March 1, 2014

When I look in the mirror I see a big nose, curly hair, vampire teeth and small wrists. But I also see a nose that’s great for holding sunglasses, hair that my girlfriend loves to run her fingers through, teeth that were made sexy by "Twilight" and wrists that are perfect for reaching inside small spaces. Body image is how we view and judg...

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