We Are More Than Bodies
eat the donut, have the cookie and then move (the motherduck) on and grow your life.
Last night at a dinner party, a friend of my parents said she missed my writing on body acceptance. I appreciated the perspective and stated that for a little while, I missed it too. I then went on to explain this:
About a year ago, I realized that the more time we center conversations around THE BODY and continue to put images of OUR BODIES at the center of the conversation, the more time we keep bodies and their aesthetics at the center of the conversation.
I will forever be a fierce advocate for:
ALL BODIES ARE BEAUTIFUL AND DESERVING OF RESPECT, INCLUSIVITY IN MARKETING CAMPAIGNS AND INFRASTRUCTURE THAT SUPPORTS THEM.
More pictures of thin, white, privileged AF white women like myself only perpetuate the toxic focus on this demographic and their aesthetics instead of moving the pendulum forward for fat liberation or shifting the focus away from aesthetics as identity and towards meaning and actions as identity.
The family friend smiled and said, wow Kate, I really hope you write this up because I’ve never thought about it that way.
I was surprised by that reaction but also realized that we are so stuck as a society in a perpetual state of body obsession, that it is hard to think beyond it.
So yup, there it is - just a little Sunday Morning perspective for ya.
And please know:
Struggles with body image are valid.
Struggles with eating disorders are valid.
The power of body advocacy is valid.
ALL OF IT IS VALID.
I just no longer subscribe to the recovery framework that it’s solely about changing how we view our bodies.
I now subscribe to the framework that is about learning to celebrate and own how much MORE we are than the bodies that bind us.