“I should say I am pretty new to the movement, six months or so. It was a good time for me, not long after I joined the conversation started to ‘shift’ or become more fierce about the current problems. The solidification of the conversation was very important for me. It reached me in my ‘omg-I-do-not-have-to-hate-my-body/myself-honeymoon-faze.’ So a very me and my feelings centered phase.
It pushed me outside of this space and made me adjust my view. Bopo is not just that, bopo is not just for my inner me and my freedom from hating my body and a space where I do not get attacked by standards and norms, it is SO much more than that. IT IS FOR ALL MY SISTERS AND MARGINALIZED PEOPLE.
It is for my sister who the doctors did not bother to check properly for chronic illness because she is fat. So she went years before getting diagnosed where she could have received relief providing treatment.
It is for my fat friend who’s depression was written off as a result of bad lifestyle choices that he could eat and exercise it better. It has now been 5 years since he killed himself.
It is for my friend of color who did not get her skin cancer diagnosed early enough because doctors re not experienced enough with diagnosing POC. So she had to go through radiation and aggressive treatment.
It is for my friend who is one of the most intelligent and hardworking people I know, but because she is fat, when she teaches Public Health some of the students write her off or sometimes even heckle her. She is writing an inspired thesis about intuitive eating and Type 2 Diabetes, but I am afraid of how it will be received if people who read it know she is ft.
Body Positivity is for all the people I love, who are pushed up against walls that cage them as the wonderful creatures they are.
Body Positivity is for all the marginalized people I do not know, but out of solidarity of being human, I love.
Body Positivity helped me. Saved me from a life of not living. If the rescue of me was enough for me, then bopo would not the the right place for me. By honoring what Bopo did for me, I have to acknowledge that is it not just about me." ***continue below***