Melanie Klein, M.A. is a Professor of Sociology and Women's Studies at Santa Monica College. She is also an internationally recognized writer and speaker. Her essay on yoga, body image and feminism appears in Curvy Voices and her extended chapter on the same topic is included in the anthology, 21st Century Yoga: Culture, Politics and Practice. She is featured in Conversations With Modern Yogis and she is the co-editor of Yoga and Body Image: 25 Personal Stories About Beauty, Bravery and Loving Your Body (October, 2014).

She attributes feminism and yoga as the two primary influences in her work. She is committed to communal collaboration, raising consciousness, media literacy, facilitating the healing of distorted body images and promoting positive body relationships. She is the co-founder of the Yoga and Body Image Coalition, the adviser of the Santa Monica College Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance, the founder and co-coordinator of the LA chapter of Women, Action and the Media and on the alliance board for Brave Girls Want!.

Her work may be found at Adios Barbie, Elephant Journal,, MindBodyGreen, Ms. Magazine’s blog, Yoga Journal and Yoga Dork. She has worked with the new citizen journalists of the LA Academy of Global Girl Media and the peer-educators of J.A.D.E (Joint Advocates on Disordered Eating) on ways to tap into the power of their own voice. She is also an expert contributor in the areas of media literacy and body image issues for Proud2Bme, a project of the National Eating Disorders Association.

She has been featured on HuffPostLive, KPFK’s Feminist Magazine and The Point on The Young Turks.

Follow her on Twitter @feministfatale.



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