So what is Body Positivity?
Body positivity as it exists in society can be easily google searched defined as :
A feminist movement that encourages people to adopt more forgiving and affirming attitudes towards their bodies, with the goal of improving overall health and well-being.
For all intensive purposes here, let’s be a little more clear. It is in fact a movement. It’s a (growing) collective of people striving for body acceptance, and equality of all bodies. As much as the word body is a main focal point here, don’t get confused. The sentiment is that you are 100% worthy of love and acceptance exactly as you are right now, completely outside of what you look like. The focus is so heavily on our appearance but at the root of this movement is not our appearance at all. It is also not the sentiment that we love our appearance all of the time because we don’t live in a perfect, beautiful world, we live in a fucked up ugly diet culture. But that we accept our appearance and we still choose to love ourselves. Our true self is separate from our appearance. Are you guys still with me?
Here is why I even feel the need to clarify this definition..
About two weeks ago right before we shot our body positive campaign, I scrolled through the #bodypositivity tag on instagram. Holy fuck was that a mistake. It is absolutely riddled with diet culture, and misconceptions of the movement. I even saw weight watchers, and Khloe Kardashian’s “Revenge Body” on there… gag. Let me say something and I hope it mounts itself to the inside of your brain so you’re never subject to this again.
Body positivity does not include the pursuit of weight loss.
It’s okay if you’re not ready for true body positivity or body acceptance yet, it can be a very very hard concept to come to. I have compassion for those of you that aren’t ready because I wasn’t for a long time. It is intensely countercultural. Just please know the difference between “I truly love and accept myself no matter what my body looks like,” and “I can improve myself via weight loss and THEN I am worthy of love.” Don’t even get me started on the “I do love myself but there is always room for improvement” Who says weight loss is an improvement??? (diet culture that’s who)
When we can lean into the notion that we are worthy of love, the self love starts flowing in full force. When we practice self compassion and self care the reciprocation from ourselves is endless. There is so much more to you than the way you look. There is so much below the surface waiting to get handed the mic so the real you can emerge. You have mountains to climb, movements to spearhead, jokes to tell, careers to start, and a life to fall in love with. Don’t give so much power to your shell that it keeps you trapped. Your body is merely a vehicle for your voice.
It’s all pretty scary. Our society doesn’t make it easy on us. We can’t help but have it ingrained in us that our worth is in our body shape. It won’t be easy, it won’t be linear, it won’t be over over-night but it will be worth it.
If you’re tired of feeling guilty about food or the way you look, or you’re tired of hating yourself. I ask that you read on. I ask that you take that leap of faith and trust my words, my experience, and my story. I ask that you take this journey with me, you let me walk with you down this long path to a very rewarding life. A life you have been meant to live the whole time.