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, Intent.com, 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.
Follow her on Twitter @feministfatale.
Kristen Stewarts Slut Shaming Matters
Podcast: Tweeting Feminists Episode 2 featuring Melanie Klein the Feminist Fatale
Essay on yoga, feminism and body image
21st Century Yoga: Culture, Politics and Practice
J. Crew's Toenail-Painting Ad Creates Pink Scare
Ms. Magazine Blog [April 13, 2011]
How Yoga Makes You Pretty
You're So Perfect Except your Boobs
Adios Barbie [June 28, 2011]
Empire of Images: The Body Collage Project
The Body Image Summit 2013
Dawn Dalili 
SureFire Girls Spotlight: "Proud To Be Me" Body Collage
Shaping Youth 
The problem with 'Leave it up to the Universe' thinking: Activism as a spiritual practice
Annika Martins [January 8, 2014]
The Academic Feminist: Melanie Klein on Yoga and Feminism
Feministing [February 18, 2014]
Millennial Sex - Friendzone, Rape Revenge, & 'The Bases'
TownSquare [January 11, 2013]
Mirror, Mirror: Standards of Beauty, Body Image and the Media
National Eating Disorders Association [March, 2014]
My Body Image, My Self: Weighty Stories of Self-Acceptance, Part 1
Yoga Journal [July 10, 2014]
Introducing: The Yoga and Body Image Coalition
Beauty, Bravery & Body Image with Melanie Klein
Common Thread [June 26, 2014]
6 Women Tackle Body Image in the Practice of Leadership Series
Yoga Journal [July 12, 2014]
How Yoga Can Heal a "Fractured Body Image"
Ms. Magazine [October 17, 2014]
Yoga's Body Image Revolution
Yoga International [October 15, 2014]