Wednesday, 28 December 2016
BRACE YOURSELVES PEOPLE.
The annual New Year diet culture shitstorm is headed our way in full force, and we need to build up our bopo armour if we're going to fight back against its advances.
You know how it goes - we're all cosy and content with our Christmas food babies, and then suddenly BAM! We're being attacked from every angle by messages telling us that we need to slim down, tone up, give ourselves a full body makeover and never touch chocolate ever again. Out come the crash diets, dangerous detoxes, punishing workout DVDs, and all kinds of gadgets and gizmos promising to give us the body of our dreams, while actually doing nothing more than taking our money and leaving us hungry, tired, and hating our bodies more than ever.
Monday, 5 December 2016
"Go girl! As long as you're healthy that's all that matters!"
"I'm all about body positivity as long as you're healthy"
"I am so proud of your self love! And as long as you're healthy it's nobody else's business how you look"
Those are just a few examples of the kind of comments I see on a daily basis. And don't get me wrong, I know that the people who leave them usually have the best intentions! They believe that they're paying a compliment, after all, who doesn't want to be told how healthy they look? They've bought into the version of body positivity that says the best way to love your body is by 'taking care of it' (a.k.a. not being fat), and they're simply trying to praise the people who embody that message. Unfortunately, they've got it all wrong, and the compliments they think they're giving are actually riddled with ableism, healthism, and prejudice.