From the archives: this post originally appeared on the site on May 6th, 2011.

Julie Zeilinger is the 17 year old founder and editor of the FBomb – a “blog/community created for teenage girls who care about their rights as women and want to be heard.” I first heard about Julie in a Jezebel article two years ago and I’ve been following her work ever since. She’s the true definition of a wunderkind, who has created a vibrant community for young feminists, and given them a voice and a powerful platform.

Julie was invited to speak at the Endangered Species New York City summit this past March and delivered a brilliant speech that gave me goosebumps. The opening line:

I’ll never forget the moment I realized that how you feel about your body in this culture has nothing to do with how you actually look.

Below you’ll be able to see Julie’s speech. I also highly recommend that you check out her blog post about the event and the transcript of the video – which should be printed out and handed to all girls AND boys from middle school through college.

Links:

The FBomb
– “Endangered Species Summit: Our Generation and Body Image

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