The subtlety of most body shaming tactics make body negativity one of the most dangerous tools against self love in our society’s arsenal. Luckily, there are movements like The Body is Not an Apology to counteract the negativity we are taught about our bodies. Check out the spoken word poem that started it all and remember that your body is not an apology!
A while ago, I wrote a piece about five phrases you could cut from your daily vocabulary to start feeling better. While learning what to cut is important, it sometimes implies that we’re doing something wrong. So I want also to show phrases that we can add to our lives that can help us get to the good. Here are five phrases to feel capable, deserving, and enough.
It pierced itself in and out of my mind until I finally became one with it, until I was no longer just angry, but anger itself. Sometimes the pleasure of being the one who has been wronged has no match. But soon I realized that being angry had become a chore. Often with such realization comes the power to make authentic choices. I chose to end the anger.
It’s the affirmation that every woman allegedly wants and even needs to hear: “You’re beautiful.” Like many girls, I aspired to be beautiful. If I wasn’t beautiful, how could I put my best self forward? How could I designate myself as worthy of someone’s time? Not feeling beautiful becomes almost threatening. Which prompts the question: Why?
We often think of self-expression as a reactive phenomenon, but we don’t have to be backed into a corner in order to show our true colors. We can own our motives and personalities in all parts of our lives in a proactive way. Watch as Akilah S. Richards offers three methods to a proactive self-expression and explains how and why each is relevant.
When I was younger, I rarely spoke up when I didn’t know something. Then after years of pretending, I found myself in a situation where I could no longer pretend. All I knew was that I was no longer ashamed of what I didn’t know because everything was uncertain. So I stopped faking it. I found that there was only one piece I could know – and that was myself.
If you do social justice work, you’ve undoubtedly suffered your fair share of abuse. And if you’ve been vocal about it, people have likely told you that “you must be doing something right” if people are angry. And I get their point. But sometimes, it doesn’t feel comforting. Here are some reasons why you might want to drop “you must be doing something right!”
I’ve been dealing with anxiety for almost as long as I can remember. As I got older, it only got worse. Then I found feminism. Now I know that I am capable of working through it, and that I am worthy of taking time for myself and my own mental health when I need it. Feminism can change your relationship with your anxiety. Here is how it changed mine.
Activism requires you to do a considerable amount of work for no monetary gain. When you don’t feel the love, you will feel burnt out, affecting your feelings of self-worth, as well as the quality of your work. So, how do you deal? Sometimes, you need a break. Here are some symptoms of Internet Feminism Burnout that mean you might need to take it easy for a bit.
People are hungry to discuss (and, moreover, diminish) the relationship between fat and fitness. So we need to have a conversation around how fat bodies move through the world and how health and fitness is related to that. Join Melissa A. Fabello in this podcast episode as she speaks with performer Kimberly Dark about the relationships between fat and fitness.