Fri. Jul 1st, 2022

Introduction: What is Body Positivity and Why Is It Important?

Body positivity is the radical notion that, regardless of race, gender identity, size or shape; all bodies are good bodies. If a person has a healthy body and lives an overall happy life then they deserve respect and love no matter how they look. This means that to objectify people because of their looks is to dehumanize them.
In modern society we have reduced ourselves to dry goods that one person can use to make another person feel better about themselves. This is unhealthy for the body and the soul. We are living in a time when sexual objectification has reached new heights.
In 2017, there were hundred of thousands of naked snaps posted on Instagram alone, with celebrities like Kim Kardashian as number one most liked picture across all networks on the world with over 40 million likes. The “Kimojis” are more popular than ever with over 90 million accumulated likes on Instagram.
The self-esteem movement has gone mainstream, and people are telling women that the way to get (better) body image is to say positive things about themselves. There is a new level of body acceptance that doesn’t encourage people to be proud of their bodies, but tells them that it’s important to love themselves through everything they do. This is wrong.

badass affirmations: the wit and wisdom of wild women
badass affirmations: the wit and wisdom of wild women

Body Positives & Fatties Discuss the Pros and Cons of Life as a Fatty

Body positivity is the radical notion that, regardless of race, gender identity, size or shape; all bodies are good bodies . If a person has a healthy body and lives an overall happy life then they deserve respect and love no matter how they look.
Body positivity is not a diet, or a bunch of trendy hashtags. It’s a movement that encourages the people to love and respect themselves no matter how “flawed” they perceive themselves to be.
The movement has been gaining popularity in recent years, boosted by celebrities like Tess Holiday, who has more than 3.7 million followers on social media (and counting).
In her book, “Badass Body Positive Affirmations,” Tess shares over 100 positive statements that help one love their size and shape.
Now, the movement is making its way to the world of fitness.

badass affirmations: the wit and wisdom of wild women
badass affirmations: the wit and wisdom of wild women

Fat Studies – From Jokes to a Movement

Many people are attracted to radical movements and the fat positive movement is no exception. It attracts women and men, people of all races, around all the world and a diverse range of body types. It has grown from a joke, to a meme, and finally into an entire field of academia.
Fat Studies is quickly gaining legitimacy as a serious field of study. Where once it was considered impossible to be accepted into any program or institution for the study of fatness, that is no longer the case. Now there are programs at many prestigious institutions including Harvard University and Cornell University. There is a fat studies journal! Fat Studies is moving from the fringes to the mainstream in leaps and bounds, but that does not mean that there aren’t detractors.

badass affirmations: the wit and wisdom of wild women
badass affirmations: the wit and wisdom of wild women

What’s Next for Fat Activism?

The fat positive movement is still very young and growing. There are a lot of things we need to do before we can be considered functional and even then we may always be considered dysfunctional, who knows. I would be happy about that though. It is for that reason that I am starting a list of things we need to do to get fat activism where it needs to be.
As I said in my previous post, fat activism is an untapped well of untapped wells. With all of the amazing people who have devoted their time, energy and resources into this movement, it still seems like we are just beginning to get somewhere. Maybe if we all work together we can be more than some place.

badass affirmations: the wit and wisdom of wild women
badass affirmations: the wit and wisdom of wild women