Yesterday I wrote about the fear of accessing medical care as a woman in recovery. Re-entering a world full of punishing fat phobia is daunting. Most fat women can share painfully embarrassing stories of being fat shamed despite being in perfect health. And equally, I can share many stories from my own experiences of being assumed healthy when actually dreadfully unwell. We know that health isn't something you can see by looking at a person, don't we? So why do we still live in a world where fat people are considered lazy, unhealthy, even unworthy? Is it any wonder women fear existing in a fat body?
Yesterday's post talked specifically about health, but the point was to remind you what the body positive movement is here for. It isn't for self love or body confidence, you can find those without being political. The body positive movement is here for people like me, who's bodies are considered damaged, defective or degraded. It's here for fat bodies, black bodies, trans bodies, queer bodies, bodies containing souls who FEAR existing in a world where they are judged, persecuted and marginalised.
We NEED a movement. We NEED a community of people fighting together to change a world where individuals don't understand what damage they're doing. It is IMPERATIVE that together we find a way to change such an oppressive system that's destroying the lives of so many.
When, as a community, we talk about 'thin white women', we are simply referencing people who don't NEED a movement in the way hidden bodies do. We're talking about people who have access to health care, access to education, access to sexual health, access to money .. who just have access, privilege. It isn't about denying struggles or rubbing away difficulties, simply address their ability to move beyond something that marginalised bodies can't. Without this movement, our voices are silenced & our bodies are left hopeless. Without change, we are written out of the picture. Without body positivity we remain in the shadows.
I fight for us. I fight for our future. I fight for change, for equality, for a voice & for those marginalised bodies growing up behind us.