What Size is Body Positivity?

Since I posted about Body Positivity during the World Naked Bike Ride in Portland, I have received a variety of responses. I thought it would be important to address some of the negativity since those comments seemed to come from folks who’ve completely missed the point.

 

Ignorant people do have a redeeming quality: they can change.

But it takes effort and a whole lot of consciousness. It takes unlearning things from a difficult childhood, releasing old hangups, and forgiving the crap that society has told them is true.

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I have read articles about how thin, attractive people should have nothing to say about body image.

You’re already perfect, so stop thinking you belong among the masses who aren’t. But I truly believe that a positive body image has very little to do with what size you are. That it affects all of us, no matter what category or stigma we find ourselves in. We all have the right to contribute our voices to this movement and it’ s important not to censor one another.

 

Our brains are programmed to believe everything we tell it, so it’s never too late to start giving it new and improved information.

So Called Mom

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  1. That’s usually the thinking of people who not only don’t accept their own bodies, they don’t want anyone else to either.

  2. Being body positive doesn’t mean there can be no room for improvement. It doesn’t mean that adding or losing a few pounds for the sake of health or physical fitness is a bad thing. I am looking at losing a few pounds myself. Not losing any sleep over it. Body positive is enjoying your body, right now, whatever it may be and whatever it may become.

    Does that make me a fat hater or mean I don’t accept my body for what it is? Nonsense. It means that the pants I am wearing are getting tight and I don’t want to buy new clothing. It means that I have stopped excercising due to arthritis and I need to find a way to resolve that problem because I LIKE my long nude hikes in the wild. Body positive is pragmatic.

    It does not mean I have body dysmorphia. I don’t judge my weigh as an issue of good or evil. It is not a moral issue. It is not a measure of my virtue as a human being. I don’t obsess or get desperate. An extra few inches around the waist doesn’t make me wear clothing in clothing optional situations. Plenty of heavyset folks and people of color on the Naked Bike Ride and they understood the message. So did all those folks cheering on the sidewalk. Naked in public is probably beyond many people but it surely is body positive.

    I also accept that this is a completely internal affair. It affects nobody else, it is none of your business and I don’t care what you think. If you think I’m just a fat old man and of less value for it, well, my skin is thick and you are not worth my powder. That is also body positive.

    I don’t give a shit what you weigh. Everything that is really important for conversation or friendship or respect or love is contained inside your cranium. If you love your body you will treat it well. There are broken people who may try to disrespect you. Don’t become broken yourself in retaliation. And you don’t climb into other people’s heads to try to project what they are thinking when they see you. Body positivity also means you don’t judge other’s bodies even if they may judge yours.

    The greatest victory of all is to just feel good.