Melissa Fabello, a social justice educator who earned a Ph.D. in Human Sexuality Studies from Widener University, is on a mission to spread body acceptance, writes Cassie Owens for the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Fabello is best known for her writings and editing on Everyday Feminism, a website that draws more than 4.5 million visitors every month. She started blogging about her own recovery from an eating disorder around a decade ago. Since then, she has become a strong and eloquent voice on issues of body image and beauty culture.
She recently completed her doctoral dissertation that studied 20 survivors of anorexia to see how their experiences overlap with touch deprivation feelings. These can alter how someone experiences sensuality.
She decided to focus on the subject after noticing that medical research focused mainly on survivors’ avoidance or immaturity around sex.
“To me, what that says is you need sex therapy,” she said. “But how can you think about that and not ask if they like to be hugged?”
Fabello, who left Everyday Feminism last year, is currently doing freelance work while deciding what comes next.
“The revolution doesn’t die because you took a break,” she said. “It’ll still be there.”
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