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Yes, I Am Wearing That.

Summer is a time of year when those of us with body issues feel especially vulnerable. There’s no hiding under bulky winter layers or blaming the holidays for our perceived flaws. The media knows it: while I write this sentence, there’s another commercial about weight loss on the television. Grocery store tabloids are in an orgasmic frenzy of body shaming, loaded with photos of celebrities daring to show their unphotoshopped bikini bodies at the beach, side by side with articles about “loving yourself, now!” – lip service contradicted by every other page of the magazine.

I’m not buying into it anymore. Over the past few years, I’ve been working on loving myself exactly as I am, which is about as much of a struggle for me as it probably is for everyone else. One huge step forward is to wear the clothing I love. I’m wearing skirts and tank tops and bathing suits, and I’m not hiding from photographs. I tell myself I need to care for my body as-is because it cares for me every day.

As I started the “body positivity” journey, I realized that in my own insecurity, I was critical of others as well. I’m not proud of this, but I judged people all the time for daring to wear revealing or snug-fitting clothing, especially if they had a body type like mine. How horrible is that? I was so uncomfortable in my own skin that I projected those issues onto others. As I’ve learned to love myself, I’ve learned that my issues are mine, and everyone should wear what they want to wear. We need to celebrate each other and stop tearing each other down.

I’ve been body positivity recently in my books. Two of my upcoming texts, Combustion and Playing Knotty, both have characters with nontraditional body types who know – or learn – that they’re gorgeous and valuable exactly as they are. Loving oneself as-is won’t sell any products, but it’s the only way to be happy. So this summer, I urge you to show skin. Go swimming. Dress in clothes that make you happy, and when you see someone rocking an outrageously awesome style, compliment them. We might just bankrupt an industry devoted to making us hate ourselves.

elia winters CARINA_0114_9781426897863_PurelyProfessional (2)Columnist Bridget Hartwell agrees to write about BDSM to impress her new executive editor at Sultry, the “sex-positive magazine for sex-positive women.” Unfortunately, it’s a topic she knows absolutely nothing about…but if she ever wants that promotion, she’ll need to learn the ropes, fast.

English professor Max Harlow is active in the Dom/sub scene, but only for casual play—he’s never found his ideal partner: a woman who is his equal, but sexually submissive. When he’s asked to explain the lifestyle to his cute but obviously inexperienced neighbor, Max is certain it’s best to approach it academically—to keep things purely professional.

Until Bridget’s first article is a huge hit, giving her the perfect excuse to delve deeper into the naturally submissive side of her sexuality. But as their encounters intensify and each of her boundaries is skillfully pushed, Bridget must decide what this all means… for her identity, her career, and, most importantly, her future with Max.

About the Author: Elia Winters has always been a New England girl, despite having spent much of her childhood in Florida. She holds a degree in English Literature and teaches at a small rural high school where she runs too many extracurricular activities. She balances her love of the outdoors with a bottomless well of geekiness.

Elia dabbles in many genres, but erotic romance has been one of her favorites since she first began sneaking her mother’s romance novels. In high school, she kept her friends entertained with a steady stream of naughty stories and somehow never got caught passing them around. Her erotic fiction and poetry have been published online at Clean Sheets and Scarlet Letters under a different name. Elia currently lives in New England with her loving husband and their odd assortment of pets.

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  1. Interesting blurb

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  2. Body Positivity, I like that! For years I have been overweight and diets failed (honest, it was the diet’s fault) I’ve recently been exercising and watching what I eat – NOT because of how I look (believe it or not, I LIKE myself) but because of health issues. Now that I have decided not to worry about size and other people’s opinions, I AM getting healthier all around. Thanks for a great post.

  3. Sara Huntington says:

    Thanks so much for the body positivity post, Elia! I love the idea of sex-positive bdsm romance in Purely Professional, and I’d love to win a copy of the book! I’ve always wanted to read more about sexual submission, since I’m naturally submissive like Bridget. I can’t wait to see what happens in Playing Knotty and Combustion. Your sex-positivtiy and acceptance of yourself is a model for us all – you rock!

  4. Tammy DeBord says:

    Love this, thank you & it’s about time! I’d guess that it’s about 90% of us that share your body issues despite actually being quite healthy. We need to let go of the shame and choose happiness, if not for ourselves, then for our daughters.

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