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and how we can make it positive

There is so much that I like about the body positivity movement because it helps women celebrate their bodies without having to change them into societies version of what is beautiful. However, it isn’t as positive as it pretends to be.

The body positive movement isn’t as inclusive as it said it is. Everyone deserves to love their body in the shape that it is currently in. While the body positivity movement said it’s for everyone, the problem is that it is not. It seems like if you are not exceeding overweight and I use that term loosely because I am obese and I still don’t belong. What sucks is I thought originally that this was an amazing movement to celebrate all body types and for us to all to love yourselves. Yet, that is not true.

You are excluded if you are losing weight, wanting to lose weight, exercising, or if you don’t celebrate yourself being overweight. Weight loss is not seen as a positive thing, and a lot of people in the movement believing the eagerness and want to lose weight is not seen justifiable, and that if you do want to lose weight then you must be fat shaming yourself. According to most of the movement, it has no place in body positivity. That if you even talk about the issues with your individual or your size is considered fat shaming. That is a very toxic mindset, and if someone can’t handle someone else’s weight loss or personal journey that isn’t on them. It also should be considered shameful for someone who wants to be healthier, or improve themselves, as long as they have realistic goals, and are going it in a good way than how can that not be positive. Since everyone deserves self-love and self-esteem regardless of their journey.

There was a recent post in the celebrity sphere where Tess Holliday unfollowed Jenny Lee Molina because she posted a before and after picture where she lost 80 lbs in over a year, which is very decent weight loss because she isn’t losing it too fast at that point. Tess called her triggering, and said that her pictures could never be body positive. Which is pretty gross of someone who is supposedly the ‘leader/influencer’ of the body positivity movement. That it’s self is not body positive and especially since did it for her health, because she was pre-diabetic, had sleep apnea, and high cholesterol. Saying she doesn’t belong in this movement is harmful and gross and I hope Tess knows that especially since Jenny’s body is beautiful but she isn’t skinny so she can’t have thin privilege, and I am not saying this as a bad thing, but she is plus size and she is who this movement is supposed to be benefiting.

The movement has a big focus on fashion and clothes and less about the ones who can supposedly wear this. I think that it’s great that there are more options for plus-sized women but there should be a lot more to this than just the clothes we can wear.

The body positive movement is more about what society still sees as ‘traditionally’ beautiful just at a larger size, and look who the movement celebrates, Tess Holliday and Ashley Graham they are both traditionally beautiful women by social standards who are telling other women significance and value of self-love at any weight. The big names, the popular influencers are all mostly white and are what society values in terms of beauty.

The body positivity excludes the women who created it, it was started by black women, and yet they are left out of the movement that they helped create. Not only that WOC are generally being left out of the movement along with differently abled, LGBTQIA+, and etc. Their erasure and exclusion from the movement are not only wrong but harmful.

This is why I personally prefer the fat acceptance and fat positive movements.

Just out of the jacket and in theory the body positive movement sounds amazing, the problem with the practice is the problem because the face of the movement is women like Tessa who is not body positive and only supports one type of body. If we ignore her and learn how to accept everyone as they are and as they want to be and include everyone then that is a good start. Tbh, I am not sure why this didn’t happen in the first place.

Tiffany

I am a millennial female and proud of it! From the state that's called the armpit of the south and the sunshine state. I'm a wannabe writer and artist, who likes blogging, and anything DYI. Is fandom trash and lives to ship fictional characters together. Favorite fruit is lemon, loves veggie sushi, and I am always carb loading.

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