When you hear the term “body positivity” what do you think about?
Do you feel differently about that term now that movements like body acceptance, body neutrality, and body ambivalence are becoming more and more relevant?
We know there are some people who haven’t bought into any of these movements, or hesitate to think that they’re not healthy movements in some ways.
However, we think that some of the negativity towards body positivity is due to some misunderstandings. So, it’s time to squash these body positive myths!
1] Body Positivity Promotes Obesity
Body positivity does celebrate all body sizes. That’s the initial point of why it started; let’s start embracing everyone’s beauty right now, and stop the pressure of making people feel like they have to change or take drastic measures to look a certain way.
While self care and body health can be intertwined with body positivity, it ultimately isn’t about health; it’s about acceptance and love and empowering others and erasing beauty standards. So it doesn’t really need to be part of the conversation.
2] Body Positivity Is Unhealthy
This myth is similar to the first. As we stated before, it’s not really about health when we’re talking about body positivity. That’s not to say health isn’t important; it definitely is, and one way to love your body is to treat it well.
However, no one can tell another person they are unhealthy simply by looking at them. The way you look does not determine your health. Trying to tell someone they aren’t healthy simply because of how their body looks is damaging and dangerous.
You never know what someone is going through or what their health journey is, so if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say it!
3] Body Positivity Doesn’t Include Everybody
Body positivity IS meant to include everyone. Yes, there is representation that needs to be talked about much, much more. But it breaks our heart that some people feel attacked by body positivity, or that people think body positivity is just for people who are curvy or have extra weight.
No matter what weight you are, how able you are, what you look like, where you’re from, how you identify, what your sexual preferences are, what race you are, or how you choose to present yourself, you belong with us on this body positive journey and we love you!
4] Body Positivity Is Superficial
With movements like body acceptance and body ambivalence, the goal is to not place so much value and focus on your physical body. This is a fabulous end goal to have, but we think having body positivity in the mix is a great stepping stone to having a positive relationship with your body.
It’s not as easy to just stop caring about what you look like. It’s not a bad thing to want to find ways to embrace your sexiness and explore your style. All movements are equally valid and should all be promoted heavily, and some work better than others for certain people.
Because the conversation and the empowerment and the encouragement for all movements are positive and healthy, that’s the most important thing.
Regardless of how you might feel about body positivity, there is absolutely no denying the scope of change that it has caused in so many facets of our lives, from social media to fashion to lingerie and beyond. It’s not a perfect movement, and we have a long fight to still fight, but again, there’s no denying that body positive’s changes to the world have been … well, POSITIVE!
Are there any body positive moments that have inspired you?
Share with us in the comments below!
Also, let us know if you think there’s something that needs to change about body positivity; we want to keep the conversation going!
Until next time,
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