By Marla Klima-Bennett March 14, 2018 17:21:54It’s a long way from the time when I was a teenager.
I remember being asked, “When are you going to stop wearing the headdress?”
The question seemed to have an innocent answer, because it was so far removed from my daily routine.
But I remember thinking, “I can’t.”
It’s an uncomfortable topic that women have been grappling with for decades, but women have long been asking what it means to be female, to be “queer”, to be sexual.
But while the term has been used to refer to women in particular, it has also been used in general to describe all women.
“It’s very hard to say what it’s about when you don’t have a vagina,” says Lola.
“It’s so hard to know if you’re queer, if you have a clitoris, if your vagina is different to a man’s.
That’s why it’s so important to talk about it.”
Lola is one of the people speaking out on the issue of women’s body images in a time of political and social upheaval, with the hashtag #bodycheck taking on a life of its own, and the rise of online shaming and shaming culture, all of which are forcing women to confront the ways they look.
“The word bodycheck has been around for a long time,” Lola says.
“I think it’s very important for women to talk to each other about it, because this is really a very important issue.”
The issue of body image in Australia is one that is very much under the spotlight, and Lola has been speaking out for a number of years about it.
“I’ve been speaking up about this for about 10 years,” she says.
“We have a very sexist society, and it’s hard for women who are queer to get involved in the movement to fight back.”
Women who are trans have always been at the forefront of that fight.
And we’ve been able to get more visibility for trans women and trans people of colour and trans women of colour.
“And so, I think it is important that we do this conversation about body image, and not only for the women of color, but for everyone who has body issues.”
So, why are women’s bodies so often portrayed in so many different ways?
Lola believes that body image has become more prevalent in Australia in recent years, because of a number more social factors that are contributing to this, including the availability of media, the availability and acceptance of pornography, and a general trend in media towards “male-dominated” media, where men are portrayed as the dominant actors, often on the screen.
“In a way, the media is creating this idea of what it is to be a woman,” she explains.
“So we’re not allowed to have a voice about our bodies, and what it feels like to have breasts or something.
We’re not being represented, and that’s really scary for women.”
The #bodychecking hashtag, for example, is a hashtag created by Lola and a group of other women on Twitter, using the hashtag to highlight the issue and draw attention to the fact that it is women’s issues that are being discussed.
It’s not just the issue with the media that has contributed to the trend of body-shaming, but also the issue that women are dealing with online.
“What is so scary about body-image is that we’re still really struggling with our bodies,” says Kayla, who is a writer, journalist and actress.
Kayla has been writing about body issues for years, and says that she started feeling more and more pressure to “do the right thing” after becoming a mother.
“My parents were always concerned about my health, and I knew that if I went to the gym, I would need to keep my weight down, and if I did something that made me feel uncomfortable, then they would tell me not to do it,” she tells ABC News.
“But when I became a mum, it felt like a lot of my family was watching and I was like, ‘Oh, I’m going to have to take that on myself.'”
Kayla says that in her early 20s, she began noticing changes in her body, and felt uncomfortable about what she was wearing, particularly her breasts.
“When I was in my late 20s and early 30s, I was trying to figure out how I was going to look, and whether I was good enough for the men in my life,” she recalls.
“As a young woman, it’s really important to have confidence and be confident about yourself, and to look good and feel good about yourself.
And I felt really anxious and insecure about my body.
I thought, ‘Why am I wearing this?’
And I wasn’t wearing the clothes that were right for