The movement of body positivity has been blowing up in the recent years, and it is really a good thing for young women. Women (and men) of all shapes and sizes are loving themselves and each other more than ever before. Of course, there is still the shaming. Fat shaming is something I have personally dealt with my entire life, but one thing that I hadn’t thought about was purely body shaming.
Natalie brought up a great point in her interview. She still gets shamed. If you look at this girl, whether it’s on stage, or just in a hoodie and jeans, she’s a tiny beautiful human. Unfortunately, not everyone agrees. I may say things could be a bit more intense for her, being on public display with the shows she participates in.
I am a huge advocate of the Body Positivity movement, even though I don’t often believe it myself. BDD, body dysmorphic disorder is a real thing. It is something that affects 1 in 100 people, and according to Health Research Funding (healthresearchfunding.org), Teen girls who suffer spend many more hours on hair and makeup than the girls who don’t think about it that often. Dysmorphia is this on a smaller scale, something that people deal with on a daily basis.
It is important to remember, everyone is going through something similar to you. That is why the movement is so important. Men and women and freaking out about their bodies every minute of every day. Skinny or not, built or not, tall or not. Bodybuilders, runners and gamers alike all deal with the same issues. We as a whole, have to remember that.
I’ve been dealing with this a lot, quietly as of late. I have a point where I was, where I think I should be, and where I am. After listening to this podcast , I feel oddly light emotionally. I am not alone, but I am working on me, and as much as I feel like I’m alone, I’m not.
Solidarity and Body Positivity.