Sex + Love

Body Conscious

I’m done getting down on myself when I’m getting down.

Illustration by Emma D.

When I entered middle school, I was horrified to learn that I was expected to change in front of other people in the locker room. I wasn’t really worried about what my specific classmates thought—I was simply crippled by an overwhelming fear of ANYONE seeing my body, which to me was imperfect to an embarrassing degree. With that in mind, can you imagine how terrifying it was to get undressed in romantic scenarios just a few years later? Every sexual encounter was potentially devastating—or so I thought. It took me a long time to learn how to focus on my own fun-having instead of the way my butt was/wasn’t jiggling in the mirror hanging from someone’s closet door.

I talked to some of the other Rookie writers about this insecurity and found out that many of them had experienced the same thing when they became sexually active. As always, they were mad wise and shared a million ways in which they figured out how to be more comfortable with their bodies—in a sexual context, but also the rest of the time.

Here’s some of what I learned—and I wish these wisdoms had been jackhammered into my brain back when I was just starting to get naked with other people, ’cause I probably would have enjoyed sex and all its related activities a lot more!


1. People are pretty much always stoked to see other people without clothes on.

This is basically the main tenet of battling insecurity while in the buff: if someone likes you to the point that they want to mess around with you, you’ve already got it in the bag. What, you think people have sex in order to mentally critique each other’s imperfections? No! They do it because they think the other person is hot! As Jamie said, “When you see someone else naked, you aren’t like, ‘Wow, this person has really bizarre nipples.’ You’re just like, ‘OH COOL, I’M SEEING SOMEONE NAKED.’”

2. Banish “the other woman.”

For a lot of us, a specter hung over our first sexual experiences: an image of an IDEAL PARNTER against whom we were always comparing ourselves, and afraid our partners were doing the same. Leeann geniusly described this imaginary person as “the other woman.”

When I was a teenager, the other woman, whom I will call Linda, was always in my head, making me feel bad about myself. Linda changed a lot, usually taking on the attributes of whomever I envisioned my partners wanting more than me on any particular day. Sometimes she was a blonde indie musician or a sexy actress or the girl with whom I shared a class. She was basically everyone but me. Whenever my partner closed his eyes for a second, I would panic that he was imagining Linda. I was so focused on all the ways I couldn’t compete with her that I would work myself into a lather of self-loathing (the least sexy kind of lather, probably) and totally lose interest in what was going on physically.

“When I feel the other woman creeping into my head, my little mantra is, ‘It’s just us in here,’” said Leeann. Hopefully her words can help you forget about your Linda. Because she’s not real, people. Linda is just not real.


3. That distinctive feature that makes you nervous isn’t as big a deal as you think.

Maybe teenage you, unlike teenage me, aren’t concerned about your whole entire body and all of the ways it is sub-ideal—but maybe there’s one part of your physical self that you feel weird about and don’t like to expose. It might be your ass or your boobs or your “excess” elbow meat. For Jenny it was a birthmark on her back; eventually she discovered a way of thinking about it that made her feel a lot better: “I was so scared of showing it to anyone that when I first had sex, I had to sit my boyfriend down and be like, ‘OH GOD, THERE’S SOMETHING I HAVE TO TELL YOU.’ And then I told him that I had a birthmark the SIZE OF ASIA on my back. Later, after we had gotten it on, he was like, ‘Wait, so where is this thing you were talking about?’ That was the first time I realized that my body was not deformed. I stopped warning guys about my birthmark after that. And one time when I was 18, a guy asked me about it, in a totally neutral way, after we’d had sex. I realized that I was attracted to all kind of boys and that some of them had bodies I had never experienced before and that sometimes I wanted to talk about it, not in a LET ME GAWK AT YR WEIRDNESS kind of way, but more of a ‘I feel so comfortable with you and you must know that I think you are so hot and so perfect that I feel like I could ask you anything’ type of way. And that made me feel a lot better about myself, too.”

4. D.A.N.C.E.
Can we all agree that dancing helps focus on feeling good, and stop worrying about looking good? Jamia said that dancing makes her feel “embodied,” which is an idea I like a lot. I think it means that you are fully occupying your own physicality, and you’re using all your powers to make it feel AWESOME. By dancing.

Jamia suggested taking some fun classes to get started. “When you are in a class full of other people with beautiful asses and jiggling bellies, the insecurity just melts off.” Doesn’t this sound sublime?

But dancing alone be just as awesome and body-affirming. As Naomi said, “It doesn’t matter what you look like in your bedroom! All that matters is how you feeeeel.” She passed along this video, in which Le Tigre basically sums up the above thinking with some sick electro beats.


5. Love your underwear!

“I think owning lingerie that doesn’t make you feel like you are performing sexiness, but that actually makes you feel sexy on a personal level, is important,” said Jamie. I concur! For some people that might mean black lace; for others, boxer briefs. You definitely don’t have to go gangbusters at Victoria’s Secret. My lucky (wink) pair of underwear isn’t lacy or see-through or backless, but it does make me feel like my butt is an amazing gift unto the world. Even on days when you’re not expecting anyone else to see them, it can be spirit-lifting to slip into some racy underthings. Fact: looking hot for YOU is the first and foremost way to feel sexy.

6. Do it yourself.

“Self-love is a really fun way to get to know your body, figure out what feels good, and banish all the noise,” Rose pointed out. “Before you try to tell someone how to make you feel comfortable and sexy, it’s good to be able to go there alone.” Masturbation helps you demystify your own body and appreciate what’s unique and glorious about it, and it builds a close personal relationship between you and your sexuality. “Knowing your body makes sex with other people a lot more pleasant, because you can communicate what you like and what you don’t like,” added Arabelle. “Being able to take charge of your desires is so, so important.”

7. People are, like, beautiful, man.

Have you ever felt that if you just spent enough time with any person on earth, asked them the right questions, and really gave yourself a chance to discover them, you would absolutely be able to love them deeply, no matter who they were? I feel that way all the time. And the more I talk about this feeling, the more common I find it is, which makes me feel a very special connectivity with the world.

“If I look at anyone long enough,” said Tavi, “I will fall in love with them. I only want friends and romantic partners who are the same way, because people are beautiful and that’s why life is interesting. Even though I believe in evolution, I think there’s something holy about the fact that what it’s resulted in is human consciousness and the ability to make and appreciate art and appreciate each other, so I feel like we should all be doing that more, and that means appreciating parts of each other that are weird and hairy and smelly.”

Jenny feels the same way: “I feel like I’m falling in love all the time,” she said. “I just want to be in love every second with everyone. I am genuinely attracted to people who have the kind of bodies that are conventionally considered flawed. And never once have I thought of their bodies as ‘flawed.’ And if I think that way of them, can’t they think that way of me?” Yes! If everyone I asked about this feeling told me that duh, of course they feel that way too, then I think we can assume that the kinds of people we want to be intimate with share our attitude—and if you do, too, you can assume the same of your partners. So finding someone’s body sexually beautiful and having them feel the same way about yours is basically guaranteed.

I think something Leeann said fits in nicely here: “You have to remind yourself that you have the right to give and receive pleasure no matter what you look like.” You deserve to enjoy your sexuality and that of others. If you can give love freely, then it will come back to you, regardless of your insecurities.


8. Don’t have sex with assholes.

Don’t let people jerk you around. If the person you’re considering fooling around with is cajoling you into doing something by putting you down, or cajoling you in general, DO NOT HAVE SEX WITH THAT PERSON.

Sometimes flirting involves gently teasing another person with good intentions. But there’s a difference between that and someone being negative about your hair or body or clothing or friends or WHATEVER. Guess what? They most likely won’t be any nicer to you when you’re not wearing clothes. There are jackholes who think that a good way to get someone to be with them is to lower that person’s self-esteem. They hope that, in doing so, they will make themselves seem superior. So terrible. There’s even a name for this. Avoid those jackholes, seriously.

Arabelle was especially adamant about this. “Don’t fuck people who make comments about your body other than how beautiful it is,” she said. “Actually, don’t even hang out with them. Your friends should make you feel beautiful, and the same goes for the people who see you naked—ESPECIALLY THOSE PEOPLE, because you are exposing yourself to them, and it is a gift that they shouldn’t take for granted.”


9. Take a break.

Sometimes getting caught up in the whole idea of how you relate to sex can be an utter mindfuck, especially if you’re figuring these things out for the first time. If you feel yourself becoming overwhelmed by feelings of sexual insecurity or unattractiveness, it can be useful to bow out for a little bit. Taking a vacation from sexual activity can help you regain your confidence as a person by reminding you that your worth comes from all different parts of yourself.

“I decided to be totally celibate for a year when I was about 19 or 20 to reclaim a confidence and power I wasn’t sure I ever felt in the first place,” Jessica remembered. “It was amazingly helpful. I didn’t quantify my charm according to whether someone wanted me in a particular way, and it was fully empowering, even though I only made it eight months. I haven’t sweated my appearance, attractiveness, or body confidence since.” It’s never a bad idea to take some time off if you feel you might need it.

10. Feminism is meant to make us feel BETTER about our bodies, not worse.

If you identify as a feminist, you may know about the body-acceptance movement, which is all about loving and celebrating your physical person, no matter what size or shape your body is. For those of us who fervently believe in this idea, myself included, it can lead to moments of intense self-criticism, because HOW could you be feeling insecure and still believe passionately in the movement? When this happens to me, my thinking goes like this: “I SAY that everyone is beautiful as they are, so how come I can apply those feelings to everyone except myself? How come I’m still ragging on myself for not looking Photoshopped? Why are there Lean Cuisines in my freezer? I AM A FRAUD! A SHAM, I TELL YOU!!!”

“It’s easy to get down on yourself even more for being down on yourself to begin with,” said Tavi, “like, ‘I must be such a hypocrite, preaching body acceptance but not living it! But living it is HARD, and it’s an every-day thing, and some days are bad, so let’s all just chill out and hug ourselves for like two seconds.” You’re not a “bad feminist” for occasionally feeling self-doubt. You’re just a human being, and we’re all uncertain at some time or another. Also, body acceptance is a process. You can identify with and strive for it and still have moments of insecurity.


11. Fill in the blanks: “I feel ____, so I need ____.”

Once you learn to fill in the blanks of that sentence with your partner, you’re basically set. Sex is a MUTUAL thing. You aren’t there just to make sure someone else gets off; they have to extend you the same courtesy, and make you feel respected and appreciated while doing so. If you’re feeling uncomfortable, try Leeann’s technique: “I’m a big fan of letting people know what I’m thinking when I’m insecure. I just say, ‘I’m feeling super insecure about my body right now, and it would help if we turned off the light,’ or slowed down for a minute, or whatever I think might help.’ Knowing that my partner is willing to change things so that I’m more comfortable reminds me that I’m in control of the situation, that this is a loving exchange between two people, and that we can do whatever we need to do to make it work for us both.”

Having good sex, and feeling GOOD about sex, it turns out, isn’t about being Linda. It’s about being YOU, and making it work in a way that’s respectful and fun for you and your partner(s). I spent SO LONG trying to please others and worrying that I was doing it wrong, and I let my own pleasure fall by the wayside as a result. Don’t do that! Speak up, dance, and don’t fuck idiots. Most important, have a great time. ♦

74 Comments

  • isobele July 2nd, 2012 7:17 PM

    this is really great. Reading Rookie has made me a lot more aware and interested in feminism. Before I had a lot of preformed opinions, but I feel like Rookie has really enlightened me.

    http://seesusiebean.blogspot.co.uk/

  • la fee clochette July 2nd, 2012 7:20 PM

    Number 7 is my favorite. thank you.

  • LittleMoon July 2nd, 2012 7:21 PM

    Wow, great article. I especially liked #7.

  • somebody July 2nd, 2012 7:28 PM

    what if youre so ugly nobody wants to sleep with you in the first place

    • Moxx July 2nd, 2012 7:46 PM

      Welllllllllllllllllll

      Define “ugly”?
      Honestly, the more people I see, the more I feel like it is truly, truly very difficult to be objectively “ugly”, just like it’s pretty much impossible to be objectively beautiful, beautiful to everyone.
      Think about people you’re friends with. Don’t you think all your friends are beautiful? I think all my friends are beautiful. But it wasn’t always like that. Sometimes you meet someone and think “they have strange eyelids”, but then you get so used to looking and thieir face and it doesn’t seem bad to you at all after a while. Then, if you like the person, everything about them is all tainted with your liking of them (grammar? I DON’T KNOW.)
      And that’s great, I think.
      Of course, this means it’s harder to find people you don’t like attractive. But then you can also think “I strongly dislike you but whyyyy are you so preeeeeettyyyyyy”. There are exceptions, because this isn’t even a rule.

      Plus, people have completely different tastes.
      Someone you thought would be the “type of person” to find you beautiful might find you plain, and the other way around.
      +++ if you like physical traits or looks or whatever that others typically consider “ugly”, at least you have less competition.
      This is a cool subject to talk about.

      • Amy Rose July 2nd, 2012 8:05 PM

        Great insights, dude. Also, somebody, there is literally no such thing. There is always somebody for somebody. It’s just about finding ‘em, and feeling okay about yourself in the process.

      • Bloom July 2nd, 2012 8:42 PM

        I don’t know about you guys, but I feel that this quote (from doctor who) sort of goes with this thought quite well?: ‘You know when sometimes you meet someone so beautiful and then you actually talk to them and five minutes later they’re as dull as a brick? Then there’s other people, when you meet them you think, “Not bad. They’re okay.” And then you get to know them and… and their face just sort of becomes them. Like their personality’s written all over it. And they just turn into something so beautiful.’

        • Kate July 2nd, 2012 10:47 PM

          Oh man, that’s only my favorite thing from Doctor Who ever <3333 so so true.

        • Hedwig July 7th, 2012 11:40 AM

          everyone here is amazing and I love them

        • Yani September 15th, 2012 6:32 AM

          concur -_-

    • Abby July 2nd, 2012 8:09 PM

      I agree with Amy Rose. I don’t think there’s any such thing as ugly. Everyone is beautiful in their own way. <3

    • resonance July 4th, 2012 11:13 PM

      I agree with all the previous comments in reply to this. There’s definitely someone out there who will want to sleep with you; it’s just a matter of meeting them, and also of overcoming the mindset that you’re undesirable in the first place. Both things can and will happen, somebody.

  • somebody July 2nd, 2012 7:29 PM

    also, it would be really nice if rookie could do something about asexuality rather than bonin’ for once, it can get pretty isolating

    • Abby July 2nd, 2012 8:05 PM

      I agree. Even though I’m not asexual, I think it would be cool if Rookie did something where and asexual person did a little story-telling/advice/whatever thing. Shout out to the Rookie writers, from me and “somebody,” You should do somthing like this sometime! <3

      • Amy Rose July 2nd, 2012 8:31 PM

        Rachael wrote something pertaining to asexuality that I think was great:

        http://rookiemag.com/2011/10/never-been-kissed/

        And I think other coverage would be interesting, too! But that hasn’t been my experience, so that one’s for someone else to write, I think!

        • anonymouse July 5th, 2012 6:33 PM

          I think that Rookie should try cover the whole sexuality/gender spectrum (pan, bi, demi, homo, trans*, queer, fluid, etc.)… Which would be difficult, but awesome! If some Rookie readers don’t search for themselves (I do!), it would be good to introduce them to sexuality’s they may have never heard about, or never think about.

    • lyrarose July 4th, 2012 9:23 PM

      I agree, I’d like to see some more articles on asexuality as well.

  • Tiger July 2nd, 2012 7:35 PM

    DO THE D.A.N.C.E, 1,2,3,4 FIGHT

    • Kathryn July 2nd, 2012 8:05 PM

      fave song

    • Bloom July 2nd, 2012 8:26 PM

      STICK TO THE B.E.A.T GET READY TO IGNITE

      • Kathryn July 3rd, 2012 1:21 AM

        (YOU WERE SUCH A PYT CATCHING ALL THE LIGHTS)

  • Moxx July 2nd, 2012 7:38 PM

    Oh, number 7!
    The ~feeeeling~ of love and connection between humans or whatever it is, I love it.
    It is the best feeling.

  • katrinaexplainsitall July 2nd, 2012 7:41 PM

    I think this is a great article. It’s so important for girls to embrace their bodies and themselves regardless of their curves or lack thereof. And I love #7. It’s so true!

    http://www.katrinaspice.blogspot.com

  • bethleeroth July 2nd, 2012 7:54 PM

    I want to print this a million times and just go throwing it around high school hallways, Regina George-style.

    • Abby July 2nd, 2012 8:06 PM

      GAHHH YEEESSSS. Not only do I love that movie, I totally agree…

    • Aurora July 25th, 2012 5:48 PM

      ikr
      *sticks amazing rookie article to locker without tape because im regina george and i can do that*

  • Amy Rose July 2nd, 2012 7:56 PM

    I thought of you writing this!

    • Amy Rose July 2nd, 2012 7:56 PM

      OOPS, that was supposed to be a response to Moxx.

      • Moxx July 2nd, 2012 9:13 PM

        safthguhkjhjlhjhlalj

        ~that-unnamable-feeling bond~

        <3

      • Moxx July 2nd, 2012 9:15 PM

        Also I am reading the comments, and a lot of people recognize this feeling too!

        This is so great! :,)

  • puffytoad July 2nd, 2012 8:03 PM

    My favorite is #8.

  • Abby July 2nd, 2012 8:08 PM

    Just so you all can read this ONE MORE TIME (ha), I love number 7, too… I seriously feel that way all the time… I just am in love with everyone and everything and everyone’s bodies for different reasons every time!

    But ANYWAY, I really liked this article. Even though I’m a virgin, I think this has (and will) really help(ed) me.

  • lylsoy July 2nd, 2012 8:10 PM

    number 4, 7 and 10!! Ever since I had sex I feel soo much better in my body.. It’s like, suddenly there was this switch turned on and I was like: actually, my body is awesome and loveable :* and so am is everybody else! :)

  • grrrlinacoma July 2nd, 2012 8:35 PM

    I’ve never had sex. But when I do, I want to love and be loved.
    I love us for having mutual womanly feelings.

  • azultardis July 2nd, 2012 8:44 PM

    this is great, the first time I had sex,it was with a girl, but I felt so comfotable and she felt comfortable too,the thing is that when you’re in that moment you forget about those things about your body and if you’re in that moment it’s pretty obvious that your partner likes you just the way you are

  • marit July 2nd, 2012 10:09 PM

    THANKS! i needed this. “speak up, dance, and don’t fuck idiots” is gonna be my new philosophy.

    also, i can especially relate to 10 – i totally follow the body acceptance movement, but sometimes i feel like i can’t apply that same positivity to myself!

    this article is what i love about rookie.

  • runningfilm July 2nd, 2012 10:09 PM

    I always feel like I have a really hard time trying to find the right balance between my feminism, relationship with God, and just general personal beliefs, especially when it comes to sex and other related activities. I’m in a great relationship with a guy who totally understands and lets me have total control over my own body, but it’s frustrating for me to not know where to draw the line sometimes.

  • quinnie July 2nd, 2012 10:34 PM

    This article reminds me a lot of this other one I read about fat sex and insecurities(which I still have no idea why I read but w/e). The author, who was a plus size woman, made a point that I think is really important to remember. Basically she said that the person who you’re going to have sex with knows what your body looks like. And they don’t care about any of the flaws you think you have.They know if it’s big, small, flat, chubbier, or whatever. When you get naked or get ready to have sex, they’re not going to be like “WOAH, I DIDN’T NOTICE THE FACT THAT YOUR STOMACH HAS ROLLS” “WHERE DID THAT BOOTY COME FROM?” or “WAIT A SEC, I DIDN’T KNOW YOUR CHEST WAS FLAT!” They’ve already looked at your body, seen all the things you may be self conscious, and still think you’re sexy as hell. Sometimes it’s hard to wrap your head around, but no matter what body shape you have, there’s going to be someone who wants to bang.

    (oh ps shameless self promotion: http://queenlazy.blogspot.com/ alrighty)

  • mirandab17 July 3rd, 2012 12:06 AM

    My sister and I were just reading the paragraph about the “other woman” aka sexual insecurity and just loling away. It’s so spot on! Sometimes I have Miranda Kerr as my other woman, sometimes it’s some random girl I saw on the street that was wearing a shirt I admired. Either way it was a great of way of putting it and even better, realizing how foolish it is. :)

  • kirsten July 3rd, 2012 12:19 AM

    Oh my goodness I love Tavi’s quote on number 7.

    People. So beautiful, so frustrating.

    Hahahaha “Why are there Lean Cuisines in my freezer??” hahahahahahaha BEST.

  • janeeyre July 3rd, 2012 12:23 AM

    the first time i had sex i was sooo mindblown by the guy i was about to have sex with that i couldn’t even concentrate on being insecure. and then this guy (who was and is absolutely gorgeous) was soooooo fascinated with my body and my birthmarks (yay! birthmarks are HOT) and my hips and thighs and everything that i’d ever thought could make me feel insecure that my self-esteem was super high after that.

    i love walking down the street, having just had a wonderful night + morning with a wonderful man, thinking “i’m too sexy for my shirt, too sexy for my skirt….”

    • resonance July 4th, 2012 11:01 PM

      That sounds amazing; I’m glad your first time was with someone like that!

  • Muna July 3rd, 2012 12:23 AM

    Very helpful/insightful article!
    (and the sub-title is awesome)

  • ladylaurenia July 3rd, 2012 12:53 AM

    Rookie has made me a better person. I have finally concluded this. I’m not even active, or old enough to be. (I guess). But this means SO much to me. I’m gonna marry you Amy Rose. I’m gonna marry you.

  • maddzwx July 3rd, 2012 2:31 AM

    That thing Tavi said about falling in love with anyone if she looks at them long enough is so beautiful!

  • Eliza July 3rd, 2012 7:05 AM

    I have always been comfortable with my body. Not an issue. Even when I missed my waxing appointment I was fine. I think, “I’m a girl, dude. I was BORN sexy!” Because, girls are innately sexy and desirable. We are beautiful creatures. :)

    Anyway, what I DO have a problem with, is guys. When guys reach that pinnacle of “horny-ness” they lose all consciousness! They see only the body and not the person, at least for a few seconds, till the “feeling” subsides. Is there a way to control that?

    • Eliza July 6th, 2012 4:43 AM

      Yeah, you put yourself out there and NOBODY replies! Great.

  • Isabellla July 3rd, 2012 7:14 AM

    This article really helped me, I am quite insecure about my ((small)) boobs but i am learning that there will be a girl or a guy out there who will appreciate me for whoever i am. Our bodies are all different and we shouldn’t let any ideas of ‘perfection’ fuck us up! Peace

    http://bell–shire.blogspot.com.au/

  • river July 3rd, 2012 7:34 AM

    This is great, i think maybe you guys should mention laci green, i mean if you know her, but i think her videos are great and young girls really need to know this stuff, its not like we’re taught this kind of stuff at school and the opposite in the media.

  • boyfights July 3rd, 2012 8:44 AM

    Thank god for you guys, seriously – no words. Rookie, you complete me. (Or help me complete myself, or whatever.)

  • missmadness July 3rd, 2012 9:39 AM

    I struggled with this for years back when I dated shitty menfolk, and then one day I was changing clothes (my current and wonderful bf and I live together) and noticed he had a massive boner. I asked him what was up with that, and he said something to the tune of “um, you’re naked?” I asked him if that happened often when he say me clothesless for less than five seconds, and his response was “every. single. time.” Perspective, man, perspective.

  • Fanfanfarlo July 3rd, 2012 10:22 AM

    I want to make everyone I know read this. I needed this so badly. I just lost a job because my butt is too big (no seriously) and suddenly all my self-assurance was dying. At the same time getting involved with boys with for the first time and feeling totally inexperienced.

    • Amy Rose July 4th, 2012 8:47 AM

      Wait, you LOST A JOB BECAUSE YOUR BUTT WAS “TOO BIG?” How?? This sounds totally fucked and SUSPICIOUSLY like sexual harassment/discrimination, ma.

  • KinuKinu July 3rd, 2012 9:00 PM

    Wow,I love this.I am VERY self-conscious about my body…..I am 15 and I weigh 125 pounds.I am tall and I’ve got thunder thighs.BUUUUUT every 15 year old I ever see is so tiny and has a nice gap between their thighs.I know everybody is different,but it makes me feel really bad.You guys have an infinity amount of awesomeness,just wanted let you know

    • resonance July 4th, 2012 11:06 PM

      KinuKinu, I’m sure plenty of your peers have thighs that touch! I’m relatively thin for my height (5’8″) and my thighs certainly do, and I’m totally okay with that. Your legs are strong and allow you to do a lot of awesome things, so they deserve your love! :)

  • Alexx July 3rd, 2012 10:28 PM

    This article is amazing!! I just want to send this to everyone I know and let them all bask in the utter AWESOMENESS of this article. I’m not really sexually active, but this made me get a way better view of my body and I love how this article isn’t saying anything that puts ANY body type down (like when people say “all” body types are beautiful and then shun really skinny people and vice versa). And I couldn’t agree more with #7, all people are beautiful, and they don’t even have to be your taste in appearance at all, they can just become beautiful after a while of knowing them, like their expressions and the way they talk and just their very “essence”, you know?

  • Squidwardian July 4th, 2012 3:26 AM

    Not even kidding, dancing in public really gave me self confidence. I used to always dance nerdy and joke around (which helped me have fun and not take life to seriously), but I had always wanted to dance sexy and wild. It wasn’t until i started going to concerts that I started to let myself tap into my inner dancer. However I still told people I was just joking, so they wouldn’t think I ACTUALLY was trying to dance. But when I went to Sasquatch music festival I felt so comfortable with the people I was around and of course was really feeling the music, I just let my body free. I shook my body hard and popped it on the fast beats and took the freedom to move my whole body slow with the music. I felt so sexy and confident just by myself, it wasn’t until later I saw that a bit of crowd formed around me! And the next day i danced next to a rapper on stage! I still love to dance like a dork, but now i feel confident in dancing how I want to dance. And that made me more confident about myself overall :) Great Article!

  • resonance July 4th, 2012 11:21 PM

    This is such a great article, I just wanted to say thank you for it. Rookie always teaches me new things and reminds me of things I sometimes forget.

  • Megann16 July 6th, 2012 1:15 AM

    AMY ROSEEEE!
    This is so great in every way. Especially 7 and 10! I’m so glad that there are other people who feel like they could probably love nearly anyone and EVERYONE EVER.
    This gave me that feeling that makes you realise that all that stuff in your head which you think is a bit weirddddd and isolating doesn’t just belong to you but to humanity as whole, or at least to part of it, the feeling that you’re not alone and that you never could be for as long as their are other people, or at least for as long as their are other Rookies :)
    Humans are so incredible, especially Rookies.

  • decemberbaby July 6th, 2012 8:51 AM

    Most of these points are almost perfectly translatable to respecting yourself in hard friendships as well, which is extremely helpful for me right now. Thanks for your far-reaching knowledge, Amy Rose!

  • Pikaa July 29th, 2012 2:38 AM

    the “other woman” complex is still such an issue with me. Its the worst. :c

  • Mrs.Floyd August 15th, 2012 10:51 PM

    #8. THANK YOU.
    I have so many girlfriends who could have saved themselves from emotional anguish by picking people who weren’t jerk-offs. I am by no means anywhere near perfect. The first time I exposed myself was to my boyfriend, and he told me I was beautiful and had nothing to be embarrassed about. I know that there are very few girls who are lucky enough to find someone so kind and understanding, but gosh don’t settle for someone who treats you like a pile of dog shit! That first experience really paves the way for the enjoyment of future experiences.

  • futureactress97 August 28th, 2012 7:11 PM

    This is such an amazing, helpful article. I love everything in it! So much of it applies to me and now I feel a little more confident! Thanks!

  • chawi September 5th, 2012 9:53 AM

    I love how you really emphasise not fucking assholes haha!! it really does help when the boy is lovely and complimentary…like you said, they’re just psyched to be seeing you naked!!

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  • Indy September 10th, 2012 7:07 PM

    This is a really wonderful and relatable article. Thank you!

  • TizzyFit September 12th, 2012 10:54 PM

    Thank you so much Rookie writers, you have changed my life in more ways than I could ever tell you.
    Love you all<3

  • xokayci October 7th, 2012 10:27 PM

    This entire passage was extremely moving. I felt #7 to be one of the most uplifting things I’ve read in a looooong time..

  • amandapotato October 10th, 2012 12:12 AM

    Wow. This is just awesome. I forwarded this to my friend because I always hear her complaining to me about her body and how she wants to lose weight. I do this too and it’s nice to know that there are plenty of other girls who feel like I do. It is a problem that we girls face to imagine ourselves being “the ideal woman” for our sexual partners. However, I believe that if you are having sex with the right person, they will love you for you.

  • alexmckelley October 17th, 2012 10:32 PM

    Woah, thank you!! Seriously fits me so well right now, I just needed to read that. <3