So I don’t know about you all, but I generally use my Twitter account to archive articles I agree with, or find interesting or funny. When I say “Oh I read an article about that recently” I like actually being able to then look back at my Twitter feed to find it. Is that weird? What do normal people use their Twitters for? Re-posting their Instagram pictures of food? (cause I definitely do that too 😛 )
I recently noticed that a large amount of my Twitter feed in recent days/weeks has included articles about body image. It’s a hot topic, for whatever reason. Maybe because of the popularity of fitness blogs, long distance/obstacle races, and Crossfit…maybe because of elevated platforms for feminist authors and spokes-ladies (e.g. BuzzFeed, social media, and the all powerful Internet), or because musical artists like Nicki Minaj and Meghan Trainor keep singin’ about it.
Anywaaaay, here are a few articles & blog posts I’ve spotted recently on several different aspects of the topic. Enjoy!
“70% of women in the United States are a size 14 or above, and that’s technically ‘plus-size,’ so you’re taking your biggest category of people and telling them, ‘You’re not really worthy.’…It’s like, if you open a restaurant and you say, ‘We’re primarily gonna serve people that don’t eat.’ It’s like, what? You would be nuts.
I love Melissa McCarthy and I love that her clothing line will be inclusive of all sizes! That being said, to play devil’s advocate, I’m admittedly on the lower end of her size spectrum and feel like my body should be celebrated too, but maybe that is beside the point of this collection.
That sales associate’s comment was just that: a comment. In and of itself, it was pretty innocuous. She probably didn’t mean anything bad by it. She was most likely just trying to help me find a swimsuit top that covered at least a quarter of each boob.
But her comment, and the way I interpreted it, brought me back to a place of self-judgment.
My girl Carlz over at Snack Therapy (can I call you that, Carly?) nailed it again with this post. I feel like we’re pummeled with so much stuff about body image and being the “right” size that many women have some complicated feelings about their body, and as a result we can be really hard on ourselves.
We decided to re-create our own swimsuit photo shoot on the beach in Malibu. We each chose a model and then tried to re-create her pose. We think it’s very important for women of all different shapes, sizes, and colors to rock these bathing suits and give an accurate depiction of what a beach body really is. So that’s what we did.
#WINNING. Love this experiment so much. I admit when I started reading I thought things like, “OK that girl is skinnier than me, this will be way easier for her” and ended up totally wrong. We all have our own body issues, no matter our size, even if it’s what kind of body type society tells us we should feel good about.
“I was, like, fight and flight for months. Just constantly on edge,” Delevingne said. “It is a mental thing as well because if you hate yourself and your body and the way you look, it just gets worse and worse.”
On that same page, it makes sense that even the models that we’re told we’re supposed to look like have issues – they’re constantly being nitpicked and told they’re not good enough.
You might think that athletes and Instagram fitness stars who have “perfect” bodies also have that effortless air of confidence that seems to follow flawless-looking women. But the truth is that all women struggle to achieve and hang onto high self-esteem.
Because that can be hard to believe, Cosmopolitan.com talked to two Olympic gold medalists, an Instagram fitness star, a female UFC fighter, and a Crossfit competitor about their bodies.
Women are told not to be overweight, so we work out, and then when we get “too” muscular, we’re told that’s wrong too? These women are bad ass.
Overall while reading these, one thing was definitely clear to me, and it is that the comparison game is real. Every article I read or picture I see, I wonder how I fit in to the equation. I support women of all sizes loving their bodies, but can I not be part of the movement if I’m ‘only’ a size 4? If women smaller than me feel bad about their body, should I be feeling bad as well? Should I feel guilty about noticing my own perceived flaws, when I’m on the smaller end of the spectrum? The answer to these questions is obviously no – every woman is part of her own journey when it comes to body image. But it’s definitely worth talking about, and I’m glad people are!
Have you come across any interesting articles lately? (Body image related or not?)
What do you think about these ones?