Wait! So you're telling me it isn't all 🌞 and 🌈 's after all!? Guys, I've recently become aware of something. Something I'm 100% guilty of. (Just see my last image I posted, however cute AF it is. Is it perhaps a little problematic to post that type of content 100% of the time?)
Ok, bare with me. I'm talking about a trap that many of us (myself included) fall into when we first enter the #bodypositive community. We naively think that we can just post cute positive mantras and images and every so often repost a WOC or disabled woman in our feeds to show our intersectionality and give ourselves a little pat on that back and say "job done, I'm making a difference". Well, actually, you're not. I'm not. Now, by no means am I saying to stop putting out those positive vibes. But perhaps there's a little more you can do.
People love the body positive movement as long as it is palatable. You know, happy, positive, non-political, not-too-fat, white, able-bodied and not too confrontational. (Hmm, did I just describe myself?)
But here's the thing, posting body positive content that's easily palatable and comfortable isn't really helping. Maybe to begin with it might. But it's important to keep pushing.
@themilitantbaker says it perfectly in her latest piece (link to this is in her bio) She explains how this type of 'all sunshine and rainbows' body positivity isn't
2/ focuses on white and often thin bodies, and
3/ refuses to dig into the deep and critical political issues around comprehensive body liberation and, instead, relies on topical positive messages to keep us all feeling cheerful, and--most importantly: comfortable. "This particular lens of body positivity has gained an enormous (and seemingly unstoppable) following—which isn't surprising, as it has taken the original focus of Fat Acceptance and purposefully replaced its polemic aims with palatable conversations."
The body positive movement has always been about creating a space for marginalised bodies. But it quickly gained mainstream momentum when it was taken over by predominantly white, able-bodied, cis-gendered women and ultimately taking away space from marginalised bodies.