She Buzz

What Women Feel

By ELLEN LEWIS

iris-kollidafemale-bodysizeI’ve been doing some thinking since Ali Cudby posted her last two articles in our She Buzz column. Her forthright foray into her past and those incidents that caused her the kind of shame that many women encounter, hit a nerve. Maybe it’s the entire dialog flooding the media today about a woman’s right to be respected. But whatever the reason, I decided to contribute a bit of personal testimony to the discussion.

From the time I was very young, I have not had a very positive relationship with my breasts. I grew up in 50’s coming to my teens in 1963.  I was on the cusp of feminine change. My very early exposure was more Mad Men. By the … Read more


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By ALI CUDBY

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In last month’s She Buzz column  I wrote about body image as an important part of empowering women.

I saw a photo of myself on a family vacation when I was 13 years old. At a point when I was trying to figure out how I felt about my curvy body.

It must have been prophetic, choosing to write about that moment in my life.

A few days after that photo was taken, I experienced something that colored my perspective as a maturing young woman – and it’s not a story I ever expected to share.

My family visited Paris, and I fell in love with the city. The fashion! The food! The architecture! I took it all in with unabashed wonder. … Read more


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You’ve Come A Long Way, Baby

By ALI CUDBY

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Wow.

I looked at the blurry, faded Polaroid again, and that’s all I could think…

Wow.

Have you ever had one of those moments when you realize your memories were just plain wrong? Opening a box last weekend, I had one of those moment. Inside the box was a photo of me – 13 years old, on a summer vacation with my family.

I remember that trip vividly. I even remember that crazy outfit.

I remember being that kid.

But in my memory, I was overweight. Constantly encouraged to diet.

When I think back to that summer, I remember the negative messages I got about my curves.

Back then, curves weren’t the fashion. Thin was in and everything else was out.

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By ALI CUDBY

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Swimming!

Gymnastics!!

Track & Field!!!

In the past few weeks, everyone has had Olympic Fever.

The Olympics always makes some amazing television…young people in the prime of their lives, at the peak of their performance, battling it out in epic dramas featuring clear winners and losers – with a dash of nationalistic fervor for flavor.

Like many folks, I found myself getting excited about sports I barely knew existed. (Coming up next, competitive trampoline? Sign me up!)

And I do love the Olympics – BUT – I definitely didn’t love some of the media’s gender bias that came out of Rio over the past few weeks. In case you missed it, here are a few lowlights:

A man awarded the gold in

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By ALI CUDBY

Daring Greatly by Brene Brown on Lingerie Briefs

A couple weeks ago I might have binge watched Catastrophe, the very fun, quirky English sitcom.

Sorry, not sorry.

So last week, when I found myself pointing the remote blankly at the screen, I decided I needed to ease up on the TV junk food and feed my brain some protein.

I turned on the Ted Talk channel and watched the amazing offering by Brené Brown on Listening To Shame.

In this talk (which I HIGHLY recommend – way more than Catastrophe) Brown makes an observation that goes directly to the experience of every woman in the lingerie fitting room.

Namely, she talks about the difference between guilt and shame. According to Brown, guilt is the belief that “I did something … Read more


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By ALI CUDBY

Own Your Power

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“Own Your Power” — that was the title of the conference I attended last week in Washington DC.

The line-up of speakers was tremendous – from Congresswomen and Commissioners to CEOs and leaders in both the public and private sectors. All of them women.

While the panels covered a wide range of industries and topics, the message was remarkably consistent.

Be clear about what you love to do, and do it.

In business, most of the time we focus on the second half of the statement – the doing. We choose inventory, hire employees, create marketing campaigns and merchandise. The grind of doing is a hungry beast that chews away our time without allowing a lot of room for … Read more


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