Breaking Down the Body Standard
Hello beautiful souls!
Welcome to Love Your Body, a safe space and resource for you as we all embark on the journey to body positivity. I am so happy you’re here reading this and I can’t wait to get started.
Learning to love my body has been a challenge for as long as I can remember. After listening to many stories, I’ve observed that a lot of other people have had this challenge as well. Starting at a young age, many women have been taught that we must be on a constant quest to change our bodies. From magazine covers with impossibly skinny (white) women to constant conversation about how “great” someone looked once they lost weight, society has ingrained the idea in our minds that weight loss is the key to happiness. Let’s get one thing straight: it’s not.
The examples of what a good body is supposed to look like is based on one type of person: a thin white woman with no trace of curves, a thigh gap, and a small waist. Though there are people with bodies like this, they’re actually a very small percentage of the world. Is it fair that magazines, clothing stores, and runway shows act as if women who have these bodies are the standard? Absolutely not. Especially since most of the time it’s not genetically possible for most us to reach these standards. Unfortunately, the world has a lot of work to do before it gets to a place where it accepts all body types. For now though, we must take our own initiative to remediate our relationships with our bodies.
There’s one thing I know for sure. I don’t have everything figured out when it comes to loving my body as it is. I’m not going to act like I don’t sometimes slip up and worry if I’m gaining weight or if my thighs look like they’ve gotten larger. I’m human, we all are. Being human, however, also enables us to grow and change in ways that benefit our well-being. By no means am I saying the body positivity journey is an easy one, mine surely wasn't, but it’s one that’s worthwhile.
In this category I’m going to challenge you to rethink the way you speak about your body and your food intake. I’m going to challenge you to unravel why it is that you think about your body in a negative way in the first place. I’m also going to empower you to make changes. I want you to be able to look in the mirror and have nothing but love for the body you were given. We are all on this journey together, so please don’t hesitate to reach out to me if you ever need to talk or need more strategies to strengthen your relationship with your body.
Let’s do this!