I first noticed the body-positive movement around Tumblr last year from blogger Jessica, who “encourages body positivity by being as visible as possible and demanding respect and dignity for people of all shapes and sizes.” What drew me to the movement is that it accepts all bodies and promotes loving your body no matter what—through thick and thin (pun intended), in sickness and in health. The movement promotes loving every body, not just socially acceptable body types like curvy and thin. You have only one body to take you through this life—why waste any more time hating it? Here are ways to start getting positive and loving your body.
1. Be yourself, whatever your size, color, religion, gender, age, race, or sexual orientation. Don’t make apologies for yourself. Believe in the righteousness of your cause. Believe that hate helps nobody.
2. Understand that you’re beautiful. Understand that people who criticize your body—or my body or Kelly Clarkson’s—can’t take that away from you. Understand that a lot of people are hateful and they don’t reflect on you, and they shouldn’t affect you.
3. Let go of fear. Don’t let fear keep you from living your life the way you want to. Don’t be afraid to put on spandex and go to the gym. Don’t be afraid to order the cheesecake. Don’t be afraid to use the word fat … don’t be silent. Don’t allow yourself to be marginalized.
4. Bring body positivity and size-acceptance issues into your communities: LGBT, yoga, science fiction—whatever you can think of.
5. Create body-positive art. Be a performer, a dancer, a cheerleader, a magnet maker, a photographer, a model, a poet, a painter, a T-shirt designer, a songwriter, a novelist.
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