"Stop talking about racism and politics, stick to body positivity" 👇
Body positivity is not just about making people feel good about their bodies.
It's also about making marginalised people feel SAFE and VALUED in their bodies.
In order for marginalised people to feel SAFE existing in their own bodies we have to fight the systems that keep them marginalised and unsafe.
That doesn't just mean fighting against fatphobia, but racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, queerphobia, ableism, ageism, and colorism too.
BODY POSITIVITY IS A POLITICAL MOVEMENT AIMING TO LIBERATE ALL BODIES FROM MARGINALISATION.
Fighting against fatphobia, diet culture and body hatred is part of that, but it is NOT the only part. There is more to this movement than belly love and cellulite celebration.
And unless we stand up for ALL marginalised bodies, call out discrimination, oppose prejudice and fight injustice, we are not doing it right.
Once more for the people in the back: body positivity is about more than you feeling good about your body. 'Good' can only be achieved after 'safe' 'valued' and 'equal' is achieved for EVERYONE.
How will people ever feel good about their bodies while they're being oppressed & discriminated against because of their bodies?
So to answer why body positive activists talk about politics - it's impossible to talk about body positivity WITHOUT politics.
Body positivity is political. Liberating ourselves from the systems that teach us our bodies are not valuable is political.
Body positivity fights for all sizes, all skin colours, all ages, all genders, all abilities. It cannot do that without being politcal.
If that's not something you believe in, then you're probably in the wrong place.
And if you're even slightly on the side of white supremacists, racists and neo-Nazis, you're definitely in the wrong place. 💜💙💚🌈🌞