We’re barraged day after day by oppressive messages that certain bodies are more valuable than other bodies.
These messages are based on body hierarchy, a system that ranks our place on its ladder depending on our unique human characteristics. Some we’re born with; others change as we live. The list includes body size, gender, race, class, age, ability and health status. Body hierarchy is built on the belief that there’s a “right” and “wrong” way to have a body.
The solution to poor body image isn’t to fix our bodies or even to just try harder to love what we see in the mirror, making our body the problem. It’s to dismantle what’s driving it, the root cause, this system that ranks some bodies as better than others. When we embrace body diversity the system will crash and body image will be a challenge of the past. Ultimately, by celebrating the uniqueness of each human body we can create a kind, just, compassionate world for every body.
Health comes in all different sizes and shapes. Smaller bodies don’t necessarily tell the story of a healthy person, nor do larger bodies tell the story of a lazy person. You can’t know everything about a person’s behavior or life by simply looking at her body.Read more →
Our culture has indoctrinated us to fear fat if we want to be good, happy and healthy. As a result, those assumptions are accepted as truths.
All weight gain is bad; all weight loss is good.
All thin people are happy; all fat people are unhappy.
All thin people are healthy; all fat people are unhealthy.
I am asking you to question these assumptions.Read more →