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Alison Tedford

Freelance Writer, Lover of Lattes and Naps

Alison Tedford is a freelance writer from Abbotsford, BC. She is a data analyst, a pole dancer and an eating disorder support group facilitator. She blogs about parenting, fitness and feminism on www.sparklyshoesandsweatdrops.com
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Canadian Entrepreneur Fighting Childhood Sexual Abuse

Glori is the founder and chair of the board of directors of Little Warriors, a charitable organization with a national focus that educates adults about how to help prevent, recognize and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. She was the driving force behind the Be Brave Ranch, a residential treatment program for children who have experienced sexual abuse. It opened in September of 2014.
04/08/2015 05:37 EDT
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The Secret Life of a Travelling Pole Dance Instructor

I had the opportunity to interview Jeni Janover, travelling pole dance instructor and originator of Liquid Motion, one of the hottest sensual movement programs around, which she is bringing to Allure Fitness in Hamilton, Ontario in upcoming workshops. She is a courageous eating disorder survivor who makes a living helping women appreciate their bodies.
03/24/2015 01:24 EDT

Bugs, Drugs and the Leaky Pipeline

Photo Credit Michael Donoghue I had the opportunity to interview Dr. Jennifer Gardy. She is a Senior Scientist (Genomics & Molecular Epidemiology), with BCCDC Communicable Disease Prevention and Contr...
02/12/2015 05:29 EST
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Anorexia Is a Tyrant Living in Your Head

The absence of visible symptoms is not the most accurate measure of someone's recovery from this disease. Weight is a physical thing, but anorexia also resides firmly in the psyche. Anorexia is like having the person who hates you the most, the most irrational tyrant you can imagine, living in your head rent-free, trying to burn down your physical foundation from the inside out. It's an interminable abusive relationship that's nearly impossible to leave because it transpires in your own mind. Those voices can cause problems before the weight loss starts to show.
02/03/2015 12:30 EST
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How to Deweaponize Your Bathroom Scale

My scale was deweaponized, bedazzled and a thing of beauty, finally. I was using it for the wrong thing -- to reflect my worth as a person. I turned it into wall art so that it finally reflects me, but on the inside. Sparkly. Sassy. Fun. Pretty. Glittery. Girly. Expressive.
01/16/2015 12:52 EST
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I Am a Feminist and a Pole Dancer. Got a Problem With That?

I don't believe a feminist world view requires me to unsubscribe from that which is feminine. I love pole dance for the same reason I love pinup art and vintage clothing: an ability to express playful, exaggerated femininity. I can make shapes and perform movements that accentuate that which I see as feminine about myself. I consider the base architecture of a spin to be a glorious celebration of curves.
01/06/2015 08:57 EST