My parents are lucky I was too lazy to go through a rebellious phase
the fact that “love your body” rhetoric shifts the responsibility for body acceptance over to the individual, and away from communities, institutions, and power, is also problematic. individuals who do not love their bodies, who find their bodies difficult to love, are seen as being part of the problem. the underlying assumption is that if we all loved our bodies just as they are, our fat-shaming, beauty-policing culture would be different. if we don’t love our bodies, we are, in effect, perpetuating normative (read: impossible) beauty standards. if we don’t love our individual bodies, we are at fault for collectively continuing the oppressive and misogynistic culture. if you don’t love your body, you’re not trying hard enough to love it. in this framework, your body is still the paramount focus, and one way or another, you’re failing. it’s too close to the usual body-shaming, self-policing crap, albeit with a few quasi-feminist twists, for comfort.
Do you also find “love your body” rhetorics problematic in its placing the responsibility for one’s acceptance of their bodies on the individual rather than the patriarchal, misogynist framework which perpetuates an oppressive body-shaming discourse?
Admittedly, when I first saw this a while back I skipped over reading it completely, until I read it again just now.
The body-positive movement may well have sincere intentions, sure. I just wonder how we can be sure people who call themselves body-positive truly love their bodies. It’s merely a label among many, after all - especially considering it brings up a whole host of other associations. From what I’ve seen, people who call themselves body-positive also tend to be sex-positive and into porn, and I’m skeptical of the supposedly high self-esteem implied in either label thanks to their propaganda. Because the shtick in this alternative culture/lifestyle is that they love their bodies (the ones rejected by our current fat-shaming/beauty-policing media) only as much as other people “love” them, and that “love” is a weasel word for “fetish.”
As for people who are not body-positive, their issues (such as body dysmorphia) are not going to be solved by slapping on a label and wishful thinking to change their attitude, or seeking others’ approval.(via hereticswords)