Melissa A. Fabello, PhD is a social justice educator whose work focuses on body politics, beauty culture, and eating disorders.




Let's have a chat, fellow thin, white, conventionally attractive women doing body acceptance work. Because often, when we have conversations about body-based oppression, we focus heavily on our own experiences and leave out a shit-ton of issues that often don't occur to us as having a place in this movement, too.




Beauty School is a monthly newsletter that uses feminist analysis to unpack body politics and beauty culture. Each issue includes a short essay, a suggestion of an awesome activist to follow, the best links floating around the Internet, and cool social media graphics.


What does sexuality have to do with eating disorders?


Based on her dissertation research, which explored the complicated relationship between eating disorders and sexuality, Melissa is writing an ebook. Want to be the first to know when it's available? Enter your e-mail address below.



PS: Melissa is available to assist in research endeavors.

If you are conducting a study in the fields of body image or eating disorders and need a sexuality perspective, please contact Melissa here.

She is also available for scientific editing on the same subjects.


There’s no way around it: Breakups suck. And Melissa would know—she's worked through a lot of them.

It doesn’t matter if you were the dumper or the dumpee. Or if the breakup was with a partner, family member, or friend. Or if the pain is raw and recent or dull and distant. You’re reeling from the loss of a significant, powerful relationship in your life. And you know—from past experience or just the hurt nagging at your heart—that it could take years to heal.

Melissa teamed up with Everyday Feminism to create a dynamic webinar to help you feel whole again.

In this webinar, you will: Learn the science behind what researchers call “love rejection” and apply the principles to your own unique situation; explore how the stages of grief apply to breakups, where you’re currently stuck in the process, and how to move onto the next stage; and create a practical and personalized self-care plan that you can put into action today.

You don't have to go through this alone.


Over the course of Summer 2018, Melissa is releasing multiple graphic series, sharing research on marginalized women and eating disorders.

Want to bring Melissa to your
university or organization?

She is a licensed educator with over a decade of experience working with diverse populations. As such, her presentations – which have been given at various universities, organizations, and conferences – are created around participant-centered learning objectives in mind, and her audiences leave her talks not only with knowledge, but with tangible skill sets (and a laugh or two). Melissa has presented at The National Sexuality Education Conference, The Center for Eating Disorders at Sheppard Pratt, and Harvard University.

Where would you like to bring her next?

“Melissa’s superpower is understanding what’s in my head and heart. She turned me into the activist entrepreneur I always dreamt of.”
— Client


Do you want to feel like this about your life? Do you want to turn your digital content work into something more powerful and lucrative? Are you in need of a brick in your support system to help you achieve those goals – and talk you through the associated existential crises?

Melissa helps individuals and organizations realize their potential in using the Internet for social change.

Let 2018 be your year.


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Melissa’s work adds a personal touch to what can otherwise seem like a daunting and confusing political sphere.
— Gina Susanna
Follow Melissa if you want some real talk – or if it’s been a while since you’ve had a mind-blowing braingasm.
— Jes Baker