The term Body Positivity has been huge on social media lately. But what exactly does it mean?
Body positivity is unlearning the idea that only certain bodies are worth acceptance and praise, and instead recognizing that all bodies are equally valuable. It’s deciding what feels good and healthy for you personally, and letting other people do so for themselves. It’s understanding that you deserve to live in your body without receiving the prejudice of others (whether that means rude comments, reduced economic opportunity, inadequate health care, or something else), and working toward a world where no one’s body is the target of such bias.
Body positivity is about radically re-imaging how American culture views bodies, moving from a society where differences are ranked to one where they’re celebrated. The movement aims to make people (it does not target a specific gender) feel comfortable in their body, regardless of the negative aspects.
Sounds amazing, right?
With so many social media sites all about tearing people down lately, and becoming a negative place to hang out, here are six people and sites you can follow who will actually make you feel good about yourself and your body.
The Body Positive
Founded in 1996 by Connie Sobczak and Elizabeth Scott, The Body Positive teaches people how to reconnect to their innate body wisdom so they can have more balanced, joyful self-care, and a relationship with their whole selves that is guided by love, forgiveness, and humor.
This site has a great blog with lots of body positive posts, as well as offering professional training, public workshops and other resources to help you find body positivity in an often negative world.
Megan Jayne Crabbe
Megan is an author and instagram personality who has a joyful presence and uplifting spirit. Her instagram feed is full of positive stories and images, and even some awesome dancing. She’s someone who embraces and helps steer this community and feels like a sister rather than stranger. You can also check out her book Body Positive Power: How to stop dieting, make peace with your body and live for some more fabulous reading.
Ashlee Bennett – @bodyimage_therapist
Ashlee Bennett is the Body Image Therapist. She’s active on her website and on Instagram. Her website is a trove of information about body image, positive body image, body dissatisfaction, weight stigma, internalized weight stigma, self-confidence and self-esteem informed by psychological, sociological and feminist perspectives. There is also a blog with to be published articles ranging from self-help, to interviews from body positive activists, fat activists and practitioners from the Health At Every Size and non-diet approach.
The Body is not an apology
The Body Is Not An Apology is an international movement committed to cultivating global Radical Self Love and Body Empowerment. The Body Is Not An Apology was created to remind us that we do not need to wait to feel beautiful, powerful, or worthy tomorrow. We can choose to act in honor of our bodies today, no matter the form they currently take. All lasting, healthy growth is born of love. Your body needs you to love it today, just as it is, however it is, unapologetically.
The website contains a ton of great articles, lots of resources and education and a vibrant community of support readers. It’s a great place to learn more and be more positive about your body.
Ashley Graham is a long time body positivity activist and is the first size-16 model ever to land the cover of Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Issue, bringing size acceptance into the mainstream with just one (fabulous) photo. Her instagram feed and other social media are full of positive messages and attitudes that her fans appreciate.
Jesse is another body positive instagrammer and the owner of CurvyFit, the World’s First dedicated Body Positive fitness community and program. Her writings and coaching focus on body confidence, self image and motivation to be your best, most authentic self.
One of the most interesting things I’ve noticed about following these women on instagram, as well as diving into the articles on a lot of these sites is how much body-negativity and discomfort with fat bodies is ingrained in us from societal expectations. As a fat woman myself, I have to constantly check in with my feelings of discomfort, examine my assumptions and privileges, and really take a hard look at how I see different types of bodies. It’s been a really cool journey to start learning to be positive about my body rather than focusing on all the negatives.
How about you? Do you have any recommendations for Body-Positive resources?
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