After reading @sassy_latte 's post where she encourages people to think about what they take and give to the #bodypositivity movement, I have been reflecting on what it means to me... Within #bopo I believe that I have found a supportive space where I can critically ask myself "why do I feel ashamed"? "why do I hide"? "Why am I questioning my worth"? I have felt ashamed of my body all my life, and the bopo community has validated my desire to challenge this.
Initially I thought it was somewhere where those of us whose bodies don't meet conventional beauty standards saw our beauty. And whilst I honestly believe that this is valid and indeed necessary, I have found myself seeking more. I have started to look at myself differently, and the world differently. I understand that we are all products of our pasts, and that we all exist within wider social and political systems. I understand that for many of us, those systems are there to dis-empower, to oppress and to control. I believe that beauty and health are concepts that are used to make us feel shit about ourselves so that we consume and conform.
For me, body positivity is more than just thinking that I'm beautiful; it's about feeling powerful and in charge of my own life. It's liberation. It's emancipation. It's freedom. Body positivity as a movement isn't perfect. But no movement is perfect, as they are made up of flawed human beings. But as long as it remains a supportive and critical space, it has me as a member.
I'm still on my journey (it may never end); but I know that this is where I need to go and what I need to do to heal.
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