Melissa A. Fabello is a feminist writer and speaker who covers issues related to body politics and beauty culture.




Some people in the body acceptance movement feel like showing their confidence in the face of oppression is speaking truth to power. Others think that reinforces the whole problem of being valued for our bodies. So which one is it? The answer might be more complicated than you think.


Melissa is a doctoral candidate in Human Sexuality Studies.


Currently, she is working on a dissertation exploring how women with anorexia nervosa experience skin hunger. If you're interested in updates on her research, including the chance to participate in her upcoming study, enter your e-mail address below:


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 her here.

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

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?

If you're interested in booking Melissa for a speaking engagement, please inquire using the booking form. If you're a student interested in interviewing her for a project, please first read through these etiquette guidelines. If you're a troll, just go away – you're a nuisance.

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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